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City Catalogs List of Potentially Non-Compliant Businesses Of COVID-19 Executive Order

Mayor Lenny Curry speaking at a table alongside an interpreter
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Mayor Lenny Curry (Left) speaking at a press conference about COVID-19

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says the city is compiling a list of complaints for businesses not complying with this executive order to require employees to work from home if possible. 

“Members of my team are cataloguing those complaints and determining how we can follow up ,” Curry said at a news conference Wednesday.

However, Curry said some of the complaints the city has received so far are unjustified.

“For example, I'm told one of the complaints that we received was that an individual that works in a packaging distribution center wants to do their job duties from home,” Curry said. “You clearly can't do that from home.”

If an employee can only do their job at work, the executive order says they must be six feet apart from another worker.

If a business doesn’t comply and an employee can do their job from home, Curry said the business may face condemnation and the city will shut off its utilities. 

“We don't want to end up there,” Curry said. “We just want everybody to take a deep breath, work together to make this happen so that we don't spread this disease and take care of each other.”

It is unclear which city department would handle checking in on the list of non-complying businesses. 

An employee who feels they can work from home and can't because of their employer is encouraged to contact the city at (904) 630-CITY.

Curry also said the two testing sites of TIAA Bank Field and the Prime Osborn Convention Center have tested over 1500 people in total as of Wednesday morning. 

In speaking with local hospital leaders, Curry said the hospitals are still in “good shape and are currently not at capacity.” 

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