Wearing a mask in public indoor spaces is still required in the city of Pensacola after the City Council on Thursday unanimously rejected Mayor Grover Robinson’s proposal to end the mask mandate.
Robinson put forward a proposal to repeal an emergency ordinance that mandated wearing a mask in public indoor spaces in the city.
The mayor argued that with the daily hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients below 50, it was time to repeal the ordinance.
He said he would bring the mandate back if the number of cases increased again and said it was akin to a hurricane warning.
“At this time, it’s like giving a mandate on a sunny day,” Robinson said.
He said he was worried that if cases increase again, the city would have no tools left to encourage the public to practice social distancing