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Proposed ordinance to fine business for not complying with COVID-19 protocols fails at Gainesville City Commission meeting

Published: Feb. 18, 2021 at 10:30 PM EST
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - A proposal stalled to fine Gainesville businesses whose patrons do not follow local COVID-19 guidelines at Thursday night’s Gainesville City Commission Meeting.

The motion on a proposed order, which mirrors a Hillsborough Co. ordinance failed to get a second.

The order was supported by commissioner Adrian Hayes-Santos, but the other commissioners expressed concern about having enough employees to enforce the order.

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New COVID-19 cases also are dropping in Gainesville, reducing the need to the proposed ordinance.

If COVID-19 cases rise, Mayor Lauren Poe said he would reconsider imposing fines.

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