City of Jacksonville Imposes Mask Mandate Ahead of GOP Convention

The City of Jacksonville, the host city of President Trump’s upcoming nomination celebration, issued a mask mandate, effective Monday after 5 p.m.

“At 5 p.m. today, the City of Jacksonville will be adopting a mandatory mask requirement for public & indoor locations, and in other situations where individuals cannot socially distance,” the City of Jacksonville announced on social media:

“Healthcare experts advise masks and cloth face coverings help slow the spread from individuals with COVID-19 to vulnerable populations including from those who are asymptomatic,” city spokesperson Nikki Kimbleton said Monday.

“We continue to urge everybody to please practice personal responsibility, do your part to please help stop the spread of this virus,” she added.

Children under the age of two will reportedly be exempt from the order.

Mayor Lenny Curry (R) was not in attendance at Monday’s briefing due to a family commitment, but Politico reported that discussion on a mandate had been in the works, reaching a “final turning point” following “the decisions by the Coast Guard and Navy, which has two facilities in Jacksonville, to order indoor mask-wearing.”

Jordan Elsbury, the city’s chief of staff, said officials came to the decision after speaking with Jacksonville hospitals.

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SOURCE: Breitbart, Hannah Bleau