Jax Council Pres on mask mandate: “It’s not about dictating it’s about cooperating”

Tommy Hazouri supports the emergency order requiring masks indoors, public gatherings.

Jacksonville, FL — Calling for personal responsibility, Jacksonville City Council President Tommy Hazouri says a mandatory mask policy is not about dictating, it’s about cooperating.

“You know it’s a tough thing to ask the public, and arrest people for not wearing their mask”, Hazouri answered when asked about how the emergency order may be enforced. “That’s up in the air, as you can see and hear and read”.

People under 6 years of age do not have to wear a mask, according to the order. You can also take it off to eat and drink when in a public indoor setting. The city also says do not need to wear a mask while you work out in a gym, so long as you can socially distance from others. The order also extends to the Beaches and Baldwin.

Hazouri says with the Republican National Convention in 55 days, delegates and others who plan to attend are going to be at risk.

“It’s a tough tightrope to walk on, and I know the mayor had to make a tough decision. I’m not defending what he’s done, I wouldn’t have done it. But I think the deed is done and I think there’s no exit right now”, Hazouri said.

The city is reviewing whether it can require convention attendees to wear masks, Hazouri said.


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