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Mayor Curry Extends Jacksonville Mask Mandate Another 30 Days

City of Jacksonville
Via News4Jax
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry wears a mask as he holds a virtual news conference at the main library in Downtown Jacksonville.

Mayor Lenny Curry announced Tuesday afternoon he’s extending the city’s mask mandate for another 30 days, making the new expiration date Thursday, Nov. 26.

The executive order declares that every person over the age of 6 who is in an indoor public space must wear a face mask or covering when not able to engage in social distancing.

Earlier on Tuesday, the mayor’s office said Curry was meeting with hospital executives before making a decision whether to extend the mandate.

Public health leaders continue to urge people to continue using them when they cannot socially distance from others, especially indoors. And a recent study suggests universal mask wearing could save 130,000 lives in the U.S.

St. Augustine and Nassau County, which also had mask mandates, rescinded them after Gov. Ron DeSantis moved the state in Phase 3 reopening last month.

To read the mayor’s full emergency proclamation and find other information related to the city’s response to the pandemic, visit


Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP