By request, Escambia County Attorney Alison Rogers has drafted three options for the Board of County Commissioners to consider regarding face covering.
Through a public record request, Inweekly received the cover letter and the three options for consideration at the commissioners’ Aug. 6 regular meeting.
Rogers wrote, “What you have here are three different concepts, basically as follows:
- An emergency order requiring individuals to wear masks pursuant to your state of local emergency. This takes three votes and a violation of an emergency order is a second degree misdemeanor per state law. DRAFT Emergency Order (Face Coverings)
- A resolution strongly encouraging the use of masks. This takes three votes and has no penalty for failure to comply. DRAFT Resolution (Face Coverings)
- An emergency ordinance requiring businesses to post mask wearing requirements and individuals in businesses to wear masks. It provides for noncriminal citations for enforcement. An emergency ordinance requires four (4) votes. *The same ordinance could be advertised and scheduled for public hearing at a later meeting and would only require three (3) votes. DRAFT Emergency Ordinance (Face Coverings)