Alachua County face mask hearing has been denied

Published: Jul. 19, 2021 at 10:13 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - It may be the last gasp in the legal battle over Alachua County’s face mask ordinance.

The first district court of appeal on Monday ruled against a motion to rehear the case. Citing privacy concerns in June, the appeals court overturned a lower court decision that said the ordinance was constitutional.

Analyzing Monday’s ruling in an email to County Commissioners, Deputy County Attorney Bob Swain wrote, “Even though we could take this to the supreme court, there is no guarantee that it would rule on it or rule in our favor given that the law has changed and the underlying case did not seek damages.”

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