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Pinellas To Consider Repeal Of Face Mask Ordinance Following Public Hearing

Pinellas County could soon repeal an order that requires face masks be worn inside public places.

The Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday said it would hold a vote on May 11 following a public hearing to discuss the face mask ordinance.

At that hearing, commissioners will decide to repeal or amend the order, which also puts certain restrictions on bars and restaurants.

The board made the decision after hearing from dozens of residents at Tuesday's meeting - including a majority that oppose the requirement.

But Dr. Ulyee Choe, director of the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, suggested the order should remain in place for a while longer.

Choe said the seven-day averages for COVID-19 cases and test rates, as well as hospitalizations, are rising in the county.

He also pointed out that 43% of Pinellas adults have received at least one vaccine shot, and 27% have completed the vaccination series.

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