A group of Florida mayors is urging Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) to impose a “mandatory mask mandate” as concerns over rising cases of the Chinese coronavirus rise.
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, a Democrat, is among mayors urging DeSantis to take action as other blue state governors impose drastic restrictions, including limits on gatherings in private homes.
Kriseman agrees with allowing counties and cities to fine-tune restrictions, but believes a sweeping mask mandate is necessary “so there’s consistency.”
“Having a mandatory mask mandate throughout the state so there’s consistency, allowing us as individual counties and cities to determine what other restrictions make sense,” he said during a Zoom call on Wednesday.
“Whether it’s a 25 percent occupancy limitation, a 50 percent, whatever the number is that works for our communities and allowing us to enforce that,” he continued.
Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber (D) appeared to agree.
“Since the governor opened