Florida sheriff orders deputies not to wear masks, bans civilians in masks from office

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Summary generated on August 12, 2020

    A Florida sheriff barred deputies from wearing facial coverings in most work settings, authorities said Wednesday, even as the state continues to struggle with record-breaking coronavirus numbers.

    Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods insisted there's no conclusive evidence that wearing masks curbs the spread of the virus - despite explicit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines saying just that.

    Marion County, with a population of about 365,000, is in heart of Florida's Horse County.

    The county seat is in Ocala, which is about 40 miles south of Gainesville.

    If that civilian doesn't want to go mask-less, he or she will be asked to exit the building and leave a cell phone number so they could be called and invited back inside when a sheriff's employee is free to meet with them.

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