Commissioner Fried Launches Campaign Urging Face Mask Use, Continues to Call on Statewide Mandate
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has called on Gov. Ron DeSantis to pass a statewide mandate since last month.
We’ve got to be all in this together to beat #COVID19. That’s why I’m asking you to Be SMART Florida:
☑Social distance, Mask up, Avoid crowds, Remember to wash hands, Throw away disposable masks, gloves, and wipes.
— Commissioner Nikki Fried (@NikkiFriedFL) August 3, 2020
Fried says the Be SMART Florida videos encourage residents to wear masks, wash their hands and avoid crowds.
At the press conference announcing the campaign, she called on Gov. DeSantis to pass a mask mandate. She said the measure wouldn’t stop the spread of coronavirus throughout the state, but would reduce it.
“All it takes is one person who may be asymptomatic living in an area that doesn’t have a mask mandate. And they go to another county. And all it takes for them [is] to go into one convenience store and have an interaction with one person and that entire community can be infected.”
Fried also requested the governor hold a Cabinet-wide meeting to discuss the state’s coronavirus response.
“That the citizens of our state need to see from the Cabinet that we’re talking about this. That this is a priority of the Florida Cabinet. I want to hear what our plan is. Where are we going from here? And in addition to, I’ve called on for a lot of our agency heads to also be present.”
DeSantis has come under increasing pressure the last few weeks for not passing a statewide mask mandate. He said he prefers a county-by-county approach to these ordinances.
Florida reported fewer than 5,000 new coronavirus cases on Monday, but testing was limited throughout the state over the weekend because of Tropical Storm Isaias.
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