Mayor Curry extends Duval County mask mandate through Dec. 26

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Mayor Lenny Curry on Wednesday told News4Jax that Duval County will extend its mask mandate through Dec. 26.

Jacksonville’s mask mandate was due to expire on Thursday but has been extended for 30 more days.

That means everyone over the age of 6 must continue wearing a face mask or face covering while in public indoor spaces, including employees and customers at businesses within city limits.

There are, however, exceptions for certain cases such as people dining at a restaurant or a patient visiting the dentist.

When asked about the mandate, Curry told News4Jax he is taking this one step at a time.

“We’ll do 30-day increments. I stay in regular contact with physicians and the leaders of our hospital systems. It’s just the right thing to do at this time,” Curry said.

The mandate has been in place since late June.

According to the state Department of Health, 961,676 people in Florida have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. Florida is on track to become the third state in the country to hit 1 million cases of COVID-19 -- likely within the next week.

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