Face mask stenciled on wall with COVID-19 caption. (Photo/Adam Nieścioruk on Unsplash)
Face mask stenciled on wall with COVID-19 caption (Photo/Adam Nieścioruk on Unsplash)

Pinellas County Commission Votes to Require Masks Inside Public Places

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After a discussion that ran more than six hours, the Pinellas County Commission voted Tuesday night to require everyone over age 18 to wear face masks in all indoor public businesses in the county.

The new ordinance, which has numerous exemptions, goes into effect at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The vote was 6 to 1 with Commissioner Kathleen Peters voting against the ordinance.

Walt spent 35 years as a reporter, feature writer. TV critic and columnist for The Tampa Tribune. Prior to that he worked in the public relations office at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and as a reporter for The Greenville (SC) News. He and his wife, Debbie, have lived in Safety Harbor for 10 years. He also taught media writing courses at the University of Tampa. Since moving here, he has been active with the Safety Harbor Art and Music Center, hosting a monthly storytelling night.