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City of Perry's Revamped Mask Ordinance Will Exempt Schools, Churches, And More

Several colorful face masks are held by someone's hand.
Vera Davidova
The City of Perry voted to amend and replace the mask ordinance it passed earlier this week. The new ordinance includes more exemptions for certain buildings and actions.

The Perry City Council is replacing its mask ordinance with a new one that has more exemptions. It requires residents to wear face masks while in businesses and lodging establishments. But the rule excludes churches, daycares, schools, jails, nursing homes, hospitals, and more. Councilmember Shirlie Hampton hopes people will voluntarily wear masks in many of those buildings anyway.

“This virus is not a hoax. It is highly contagious. No matter how many people wear a mask, it is not enough unless everyone wears them," Hampton says.

Officials say they reworked the original ordinance because many of the places it covered already had mask programs in place—like hospitals or nursing homes--or they fell outside the city’s jurisdiction—like schools. Not everyone on the council agrees with the move. Mayor Alan Hall says he’d prefer no mask ordinance in the city at all.

Robbie Gaffney graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Digital Media Production and Creative Writing. Before working at WFSU, they recorded FSU’s basketball and baseball games for Seminole Productions as well as interned for the PBS Station in Largo, Florida. Robbie loves playing video games such as Shadow of the Colossus, Animal Crossing, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Their other hobbies include sleeping and watching anime.