The resolution follows a similar decision by city leaders in Mount Dora, who passed a resolution last month mandating masks and a proclamation approved in Groveland last week encouraging the same.
Leesburg officials say they used Mount Dora’s resolution as a basis for their own.
“We’re trying to keep things even; consistent, so we used the wording Mount Dora already had in place. That way, people going from town to town know and understand it,” says Leesburg Mayor Elise Dennison.
The vote in Leesburg Monday, was split 3-1 with Commissioner Jay Hurley dissenting and Commissioner Mike Pederson absent.
“Every person working, living, visiting or doing business in the City of Leesburg is required to wear a Face Covering, consistent with the current CDC Guidelines while inside any public place,” says the resolution.
It also indicates that every person utilizing or operating public transit vehicles and vehicles for hire should wear face coverings and that every person working, living, visiting or doing business in Leesburg must practice social distancing by staying at least six feet apart while in a public place, all as suggested by CDC guidelines.
On the flip side, face masks are not required to be worn outdoors, by people under the age of two or those for whom a face mask would cause impairment due to an existing health condition or disability.
Additionally, people who work in places where they are not interacting with people or who are able to maintain proper social distancing are not required to wear a mask, including those exercising while maintaining social distancing guidelines.
According the city officials, and in all cases, the Leesburg resolution “is intended as a measure to seek voluntary compliance,” and does not carry legal consequences or the threat of arrest with it.
Dennison, on Tuesday, said she hopes people, instead of seeing the mask requirement as an infringement on their rights, see it as an act of compassion and comply.
“The reason we’re doing this is because we need to keep our community and our residents safe. And if wearing a mask will help to stop or slow the spread of COVID-9, why not do it? Why take a risk in not wearing it,” says Dennison.
She continues: It’s not a question of interfering with anyone’s freedom. It just means that their freedom is not coming at the cost of other people’s lives.”