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Florida County Sets Up Showdown With DeSantis Over Mask Mandates

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—A county in north central Florida has become the first in the state to impose an indoor mask mandate, setting up a potential battle with Gov. Ron DeSantis as it wages war against COVID-19.

The Alachua County order, effective Thursday, requires masks to be worn inside all public spaces, with exceptions for those eating and drinking in restaurants. It will remain in place for seven days, with potential one-week extensions for a total of 42 days.

Ken Cornell, the chair of the Alachua County Commission, said the order is the county’s best recourse against COVID-19.

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