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Manatee County repeals mask requirements inside libraries, public buildings

The city’s existing ordinance requiring the use of face masks by employees and patrons of...
The city’s existing ordinance requiring the use of face masks by employees and patrons of retail and food establishments will expire on May 12, 2021, according to city officials.(Storyblocks)
Updated: May. 11, 2021 at 5:21 PM EDT
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MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB) – People using Manatee County libraries or entering other county buildings will no longer need to wear masks, the Manatee County Commission ordered Tuesday.

County Commissioners voted to direct the county administrator to remove all COVID-19-related restrictions imposed in county properties after receiving updated information from public safety officials.

Dr. Jennifer Bencie, of the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County, announced that 52 percent of Manatee County residents 16 and older have been vaccinated. The Florida Division of Emergency Management also has announced that the local COVID-19 test site at the Bradenton Area Convention Center will close after testing ends Saturday, May 15.

A state testing site at the Sarasota Kennel Club will also close on Saturday. All other state run testing sites throughout the state will be closed by May 28.

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