The Point, June 24, 2020: Alachua County Cracks Down With Mandatory Mask Policy


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• WUFT News: Alachua County Commissioners Address COVID-19 Spike, Amend Mask Policy. “Warnings and citations will be issued to people in Alachua County who refuse to wear face masks inside of establishments.”

• News Service of Florida: ‘Personal Responsibility’ Key To Florida Universities’ Reopening Plans. “The Florida university system’s Board of Governors on Tuesday approved individual reopening plans put together by each of the state’s 12 state universities.”

• WCJB: Former Gainesville employee misses sentencing, found dead. “A former City of Gainesville employee who was wanted by law enforcement when she didn’t show up for sentencing last week is dead.”

• Citus County Chronicle: DOH in Citrus County to offer free vaccinations for children. “When it comes to virus transmitted diseases, most of the public’s attention is on the coronavirus.”

• Gainesville Sun ($): The Swamp Restaurant to close June 30. “The Swamp Restaurant in midtown Gainesville will close June 30. Its owners plan to reopen at the same location in about 18 months.”

• Gainesville Sun ($): 11 UF athletes test positive for COVID-19. “UF has tested athletes on the football, volleyball and soccer teams.”

• Citrus County Chronicle: Extension reopens to walk-in visitors. “Extension experts are available to assist with gardening questions at the daily plant clinic, pesticide testing with an appointment, and other concerns.”

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Around the state today

• WLRN: Trial For Confessed Parkland Shooter Delayed By Pandemic. “At a status hearing Monday, Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer said it’s unclear when it will be possible to get a group of people into the courthouse to hold jury selection.”

• Palm Beach Post ($): Gov. DeSantis rejects statewide mandatory masking policy. “Florida topped 3,000 new coronavirus cases Tuesday for the fifth time in six days.”

• Florida Politics: Regulators cracking down on businesses violating safety guidelines. “Last week, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) began honing in on egregious violations of the state’s safety rules.”

• WTSP: Rash on baby with coronavirus could be a sign of another disease. “Researchers have linked the coronavirus in very young children to Kawasaki disease, a condition that causes inflammation in the blood vessels.”

• Miami Herald ($): ‘We may die and are afraid:’ Federal judge makes public letters sent to him by ICE detainees. “Amid mounting complaints about conditions inside South Florida immigration detention facilities during the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. immigration officials told a Miami federal judge that they have secured funding for more sanitizing supplies and that new procedures are in place to document their efforts to stop the virus from spreading.”

• St. Augustine Record ($): City plans to move memorial within about three weeks. “The city of St. Augustine plans to move swiftly but carefully to remove its Confederate memorial following a 3-2 vote on Monday night by the Commission. But a lawsuit could hinder those plans.”

• WUWF: Walton County Commissioners Vote To Keep Confederate Flag At Courthouse. “While cities and organizations in the South are rethinking Confederate monuments in the light of protests against systemic racism, Walton County is not making any moves to change.”

• Bay News 9: Universal Orlando Lays Off Undisclosed Number of Employees Amid Pandemic. “Universal Orlando closed in mid-March because of the pandemic. In the weeks that followed, Universal’s parent company Comcast reported a 32 percent revenue loss from its theme parks division.”

• NPR News: Coronavirus Concerns Shift Presidential Debate From Michigan To Florida. “University (of Michigan) President Mark Schlissel sent a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates explaining that coronavirus concerns made the logistics too difficult for the school to pull off… The Commission on Presidential Debates announced the debate will instead be held at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami.”

• Orlando Weekly: Cash will no longer be accepted at Florida state forests. “State forests are moving to a cash-free system to protect workers and visitors from the coronavirus.”

From NPR News

• National: 5,489 New COVID-19 Cases: Texas Reports All-Time Daily High

• Science: Immense Neolithic Ring Discovered Near Stonehenge

• Race: Why There’s A Push To Get Police Out Of Schools

• Politics: How George Floyd’s Death Made Republicans On Capitol Hill Shift Their Rhetoric

• Health: Scientists Say The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Worsened Deforestation Worldwide

• Business: Why Reopening Isn’t Enough To Save The Economy

About Jasmine Dahlby

Jasmine is a reporter for WUFT News who can be reached by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing

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