Orange County addresses questions and clarifies face covering order

first_img TAGSExecutive OrderFace MaskFAQOrange County Government Previous articleApopka Burglary ReportNext articleSummer just got better with National Ice Cream Day this weekend; history, FREE ice cream, and more Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Why is the LED digital sign at Park Av. and 441, on the corner, not lit? They light it up in the daytime too, because we always look for the temperature when we drive by. Tried to see how hot it was earlier today, but the sign was not lit. Maybe they were saving power due to the budget shortfall? LOL Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here TENITA REID July 19, 2020 at 8:12 pm 5 COMMENTS TENITA REID Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Elastic can’t be found anywhere around this area. At least, I haven’t located any in the stores, and I have used up all the elastic I had in my sewing basket when I made some cloth masks for us. I looked at other craft alternatives and bought some shoe laces and boot laces to use as ear loops. I could always sew some small width strips to use too. Who knew that stock in elastic was going to go through the roof with such demand? And rubbing alcohol, and flour for all the stay-at-home baking that people are doing during the pandemic. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter I bought a mask at one of the small chain stores that sell gas after my husband went in to get his smokes and he said they had some cloth masks on the counter for sale with some neat designs. I told him I will go look at them. I bought one with stars and stripes, red, white, and blue. I opened the sealed packet in the truck and could not believe what the back of the pack said……warning. this product has been determined to cause cancer and reproductive harm. Unbelivable!!! Why would they manufacture a mask out of that to sell, if true???? July 16, 2020 at 9:48 pmcenter_img Please enter your comment! Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply Reply July 16, 2020 at 9:39 pm July 17, 2020 at 8:37 pm Reply Frequently Asked Questions regarding local face covering Executive Order 2020-25From the Orange County NewsroomOn June 18, 2020, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings announced an Executive Order 2020-23 Requiring Face Coverings in public places. On June 24, 2020, Mayor Demings issued Executive Order 2020-25 Requiring Face Coverings (the “Order”) which superseded the prior order.Executive Order 2020-25 requires every person working, living, visiting or doing business in Orange County to wear a facial covering consistent with CDC guidelines while in a place that is open to the public, whether indoors or outdoors.GENERAL:When did the order go into effect and when will it expire?The Order took effect on June 24, 2020 at 1:50 p.m. EDT. The Order will remain in effect until further notice.To whom does this order apply?The Order applies to every person working, living, visiting or doing business in Orange County while in a place that is open to the public, whether indoors or outdoors.Why do I need to wear a mask?There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that social distancing and wearing face coverings are effective ways to slow the spread of the virus. The CDC recommends wearing face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. The use of face coverings and social distancing are important public health approaches to slow the transmission of COVID-19.How will this order be enforced?The Order does not currently contain an enforcement provision, but instead relies on community cooperation and encourages businesses to ensure that their employees and customers are wearing face coverings in accordance with CDC guidelines.If I do not have a mask, how can I acquire one?All residents who are tested for COVID-19 at an Orange County Health Services testing site will be given a free box of face masks and hand sanitizer. Free testing locations can be found at Orange County has also offered free personal protective equipment (PPE) distribution for small businesses. Visit for more information.If you are unable to visit an Orange County Health Services testing site, a proper face covering can also easily be made at home. Visit Orange County’s newsroom to follow a simple video teaching you how to make a face covering.What is a “face covering” defined as?A face covering is a uniform piece of material that securely covers a person’s nose and mouth and remains affixed in place without the use of one’s hands.BUSINESSES:How do I report a business not following the face covering mandate?There is currently no specific entity for reporting businesses for not following this Executive Order. According to the Order, businesses are encouraged to prohibit entry of each person not wearing a face covering. Private businesses are also required to follow CDC guidelines and/or industry standards as they relate to face coverings.According to Orange County’s Consumer Confidence Survey, which had more than 15,000 respondents, 69% of consumers are more comfortable patronizing businesses that take health and safety measures (e.g., mandate face coverings, temperature checks, etc.).If you have an issue or concern about a business not following CDC guidelines, you should contact the management for that business directly to address those concerns.  Ultimately, if you do not feel comfortable with the way a business is operating, you may not want to patronize that particular business.When do I have to wear a face covering at a restaurant? I can’t wear it when I’m eating.If a business has employees and patrons within six feet of each other, then both the employee and patron must wear a face covering, unless the wearing of the patron’s face covering would impede the patron’s service, in which case only the service provider must wear a face covering. The face covering may be removed by patrons while seated to eat and drink.EXERCISE:What if I’m exercising? Do I need to wear a mask?If you are exercising or doing some sort of physical activity (e.g., fishing, swimming, boating, walking a dog, playing golf, etc.) while also observing CDC social distancing guidelines, you are not required to wear a face covering.What if I’m simply walking along the street to get to my destination or at a pool sunbathing?All individuals in Orange County are required to wear a face covering consistent with CDC guidelines while in public – especially if you are not able to maintain social distancing guidelines. Know and follow the CDC guidelines and wear a face covering to protect yourself and others.  Face coverings and social distancing are both important in reducing the spread of the virus.PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:All passengers on LYNX along with employees are required to wear a face covering. Please also public practice social distancing by keeping a space of at least six feet in between each commuter. SunRail highly encourages all passengers to wear face coverings.EXCEPTIONS:What are the exceptions in the mandate?The following individuals are not required to wear a face covering under the Order:Children under the age of two years old or children unable to effectively comply with the face covering OrderPersons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition, including people with disabilities. This exception also includes individuals who cannot tolerate a face covering for medical, sensory or other conditions.Persons working in a profession who do not have any face-to-face interactions with the public.Persons working in a profession where use of a face covering will not be compatible with the duties of the profession.Persons exercising while maintaining social distancing.Persons who are developmentally unable to comply, including children who may not be able to effectively wear a face covering.What do I need to present to businesses if I fall into an exception category for the Order?The Order does not require anyone to present any health information.  Whether a business permits someone to enter its business is a decision for that particular business to make.Is there an exception in the Order for government entities?No. There is no exception. Employees of governmental entities shall abide by their specific face covering protocols consistent with CDC guidelines. I am so ” had-it” with all this covid pandemic. Things are getting crazier and crazier, more and more everyday. I try to stay sane, but our world is getting turned upside down. You can’t go to the bank inside without an appointment, at most banks. Places to eat don’t have things they used to have, like the salad bars, other items, and most close early, and some places don’t even let you sit at tables outside, and have them taped off. Went to get our oil changed on our vehicle and Walmart auto lanes were closed. I could go on and on, but you get my drift…..when I call some companies to discuss business, they act like they are scared just talking to me over the phone, like the covid virus is going to come through the phone, and I am not covid dumb! Acting fearful, just talking over the phone. I understand the serious nature of this virus, I am in no way downplaying it, but it is so depressing all of this craziness. Thanks for putting up with me, and listening to my whining. Stay safe and take care! Mama Mia TENITA REID And if the pandemic craziness is not enough to rattle your soul, how about the thoughts of Kanye West for POTUS, running not as Republican, Democrat, or Independent, nooooo….Kanye is going to run on the Birthday Party ticket!!!. July 16, 2020 at 9:07 pm TENITA REIDlast_img read more

Steelers WR Wallace focused on efforts, not boos

first_imgWalking back to the huddle, beating himself up a little bit after failing to hold onto a Ben Roethlisberger heave that would have gotten the Steelers out of an early hole last week against San Diego, Wallace tried not to take it personally.That doesn’t mean he succeeded.“I think they’re out to get me a little bit,” Wallace said with a smile.Then again, the easygoing 26-year-old understands he has no one to blame but himself. Wallace took a calculated risk last summer when he decided to hold out during training camp. Coming off his first Pro Bowl and entering the prime of his career, Wallace didn’t want to leave the Steelers as much as he simply wanted to get paid a little more — OK, a lot more — to stay.When management balked, Wallace reported less than two weeks before the season started and pledged not to let his uncertain future mess with his head.It hasn’t exactly happened.Sure, Wallace is on pace to match the 72 receptions he put up a year ago and he needs two touchdowns over Pittsburgh’s final three games to set a new career-high.Yet it’s the slip-ups — such as a handful of costly drops and a pair of fumbles — that have outweighed the spectacular. Wallace is in the midst of perhaps the most productive season of his four-year career. It just doesn’t feel like it.While the former third-round pick has shown the ability to adapt to offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s short-passing game and he’s accepted the fact there are fewer deep shots to go around, he knows he’s done little to calm critics who viewed his holdout as a betrayal.“Anything I do is going to be magnified, good, bad, it doesn’t really matter,” he said. “I’ve just got to do what I need to do and I don’t give anybody a reason to say anything. Whatever happens I take full responsibility for it.”And to be honest, he’s OK with it.“I don’t want nobody to ever say it’s enough,” he said. “I always want somebody to have a knock on me. Always, because it’s always going to make me a better player and it’s always going to give me something to strive for.”Even if, at the moment, Wallace is content with striving to avoid the kind of mental miscues that have cost the Steelers (7-6) this season. They are, after all, tied with Cincinnati for the AFC’s last wild card spot heading into Sunday’s game in Dallas (7-6) and could be in a better place.Wallace has six drops this season, tied for 16th most in the NFL. The names higher on that list include Wes Welker, Calvin Johnson and Dez Bryant.The difference, of course, is that none of those guys skipped training camp, and Wallace knows it.“I made the bed,” he said. “I’ll lie in it.”No matter how uncomfortable it can get.Wallace raised eyebrows last week when he admitted to having his mind wander during games. Looking back, he admits he probably should have kept that to himself.“When you’re not getting the ball into the games sometime you might get a little frustrated and lose focus in the game, not on the game, but sometimes you get mentally not focused on the things you always need to be focused on,” he said.It certainly looked that way against the Chargers. Backed up deep in their own end in the second quarter, Roethlisberger tested his sprained right shoulder and flung it as far as he could. Wallace had a step on the defender and stretched to haul it in, only to have it bounce off his hands to the turf.Though Wallace rebounded to catch seven passes for 112 yards and two scores, it’s the one he couldn’t bring in that stuck with him afterward.“All I keep thinking about was the drop I had,” Wallace said. “But you can’t dwell on that.”Besides, there’s plenty of other things to think about, including the future. Wallace has tried to block out what will happen once the season ends, adding it would be “selfish” if he started wondering where he’ll be playing next year.Maybe, but with 2013 fast approaching, there’s a real chance Wallace could be playing his final games in Pittsburgh.The Steelers signed teammate Antonio Brown to a contract extension while Wallace was working out by himself in Florida. And the rapid development of Emmanuel Sanders combined with the money Wallace could earn on the open market makes the prospect of Wallace sticking around seem unlikely.If time is growing short, Wallace is trying to make it count. So is his quarterback.“He has all the confidence in himself and we have it in him,” Roethlisberger said. “We’re confident that he’s going to come out and be great. There’s never a second thought in my mind about it.”In Wallace’s either.“It’s not like I’m out here dropping every pass,” he said. “I made a lot of plays, too, as well. But I definitely would like to make every single play on the field.“I’ve just got to keep working at it and I think things will go my way.”NOTES: LB James Harrison (illness) did not practice on Wednesday … S Troy Polamalu was held out of practice but it was not injury related … LB LaMarr Woodley, who has missed the last two games with an ankle injury, was a full participant … Coach Mike Tomlin met with RB Rashard Mendenhall to talk about the one-game suspension Mendenhall received for conduct detrimental to the team. Tomlin called the meeting productive.(Follow Will Graves at by Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Wallace heard the boos. And the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver knew it didn’t have as much to do with the pass that had just clanged off his hands as with the expectations — self-imposed or otherwise — he just can’t seem to meet. BIG CATCH–Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace (17) makes a touchdown catch past San Diego Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer (23) in the third quarter on Dec. 9, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright) last_img read more