The City of St. Augustine has withdrawn the citywide face-covering mandate it imposed on June 26.
The administrative order issued Monday, Sept. 28, by City Manager John Regan still encouraged residents and visitors to wear masks, practice social distancing and wash their hands. And private businesses may still require masks of the public.
But it rescinds any part of a previous order conflicting with an executive order issued Friday, Sept. 25, by Gov. Ron DeSantis initiating Phase 3 of the state’s reopening.
Part of that order suspends individual fines and penalties associated with COVID-19, effectively removing the enforcement of mask mandates and, thus, the mandates themselves.
The mandate remains in effect for meetings of the City Commission, as well as the various boards and committees.