Orange County Exits State of Emergency Today; County Upgraded to “Substantial Risk”, Indoor Mask Mandate Likely to Remain in Place

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has announced that he will allow the local state of emergency order to expire today following 3 months of extensions.

Demings said that the COVID-19 positivity rate has been below 5% for 17 consecutive days and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention upgraded the level of community transmission of COVID-19 from “High” to “Substantial”. Here’s a look at how the change that has taken place in Florida since October 1.

Governor Ron DeSantis made it impossible for Demings and other county mayors to implement mask mandates, but the mayor still recommended indoor mask-wearing in the executive order that is now set to expire.

As far as Disney is concerned, there could be little impact from the expiration of this executive order. While it’s true that Disney has followed guidance from local officials, they have also followed CDC recommendations. According to the latest recommendations and data from the CDC, Orange County (and by extension Walt Disney World) still falls under guidance that recommends all individuals wear masks indoors. This recommendation applies to counties where there is “High” or “Substantial” risk. Even though Orange County was upgraded in status, there is still enough community transmission to require masks indoors, according to the CDC. Disney will likely follow that recommendation for right now and has made no changes to their health and safety requirements.

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