Orange County. FL To Move Into Phase 3 on Saturday, Mandates Lifted

This morning, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings announced that the county is no longer under a state of emergency and is expected to move to phase 3 of the reopening plan by tomorrow, Saturday, June 5.

What’s Happening:

  • Mayor Jerry L. Demings held a “State of Orange County” announcing that the county is no longer under a state of emergency and is expected to move into phase 3, which would lift all mandates.

  • Orange County is expected to hit the 14-day rolling positive rate at 5% or below, which would allow phase 3 to begin, where all mandates are lifted.
  • Keep in mind that theme parks are private businesses (as well as private property) and can still decide to keep their own policies in place.  
  • Back in April, Demings announced that the county would reduce physical distancing regulations from 6ft to 3ft in all settings, this would include theme parks at their discretion.
  • The mayor said the county would move into phase 3 of the approach to lift COVID-19 mask mandates Saturday as the county enters the 14th day of seeing a positivity rate at or below 5%. However, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently eliminated COVID mandates across the state, including local restrictions.
  • The State of the County address where this announcement took place also focused on the economic turnaround of the county, with Demings saying the county is anticipating more than 14,000 jobs with Universal’s Epic Universe, new restaurants and hotels at Walt Disney World, and new attractions at SeaWorld Orlando.

What They’re Saying:

  • Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings: “The heavy clouds of COVID-19 that hung over our region are dissipating and our economy is growing again. By mid-summer, I believe, we will be over the acute phase of the virus and our economic engines will be at full throttle.”
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