Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings declared a state of emergency on Wednesday as COVID-19 infections increased to a single-day high.
According to Demings, county employees must have their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine by Aug. 31 or they will face discipline, possibly termination.
Like Osceola County, which put in place a mask requirement in county facilities on Monday, Orange County is requiring employees and visitors to wear masks in county facilities.
“I think this will determine the character of our business community,” Demings said. “If they follow suit, we’ll understand where they stand. Do they put people’s lives over profits?”
Demkngs went on to ask residents and visitors to wear masks indoors when around others.