Pensacola Council Affirms Mask Requirement, Approves Fines For Violations

July 1, 2020

The Pensacola City Council unanimously approved an emergency mask ordinance Tuesday night.

The council’s vote affirms an order issued last week by Mayor Grover Robinson requiring face coverings by employees and patrons in Pensacola businesses, and it also adds fines for violations.

The fine for violating the ordinance is $50 for the first offense, $125 for the second offense, $250 for the third offense. A fouth violation carries a fine of up as much as $500 and potentially 60 days in jail.

The ordinance applies only within the city limits of Pensacola, not in unincorporated Escambia County.

The ordinance order does not apply to:

  • A child under 6 years of age (updated from 2 years old).
  • A person who has one or more medical conditions or disabilities that prevent wearing a face covering, including anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance. A person asserting this exception for medical conditions or disabilities is not required to carry or produce documentation verifying the health condition to a business or law enforcement.
  • An individual who is obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.
  • Public safety, police, fire, and other life safety and health care personnel whose personal protective equipment requirements are governed by their respective agencies and employers.
  • A person in a government building owned or controlled by the federal, state, or Escambia County governmental entity or agency, the Escambia County School Board, or a County constitutional officers. If the governmental entity or agency occupies only part of a building, this Emergency Ordinance does not apply to that portion of the building.
  • A person exercising while observing at least six feet of distancing from other persons.
  • Persons while eating or drinking. It is the intent of this provision that a face covering be worn while traversing a business for ingress and egress, to use the restroom facilities, and while standing when persons are unable to maintain at least six feet of distancing.
  • Business owners, managers, and employees who are in an area of a business that is not open to customers, patrons, or the public, provided that six feet of distance exists between persons. This exception does not apply to employees who are present in the kitchen or other food and beverage preparation area of a business – those persons must wear face coverings.
  • An individual in a lodging establishment who is inside of the lodging unit, including, but not limited to, a hotel room, motel room, vacation rental unit, timeshare unit, or similar unit.
  • Children in a business operating as a daycare or children’s camp so long as the business is following CDC and Escambia County Department of Health guidelines for those activities.


85 Responses to “Pensacola Council Affirms Mask Requirement, Approves Fines For Violations”

  1. Daniel Churukian on July 5th, 2020 8:59 pm

    This is not about masks and health it’s about compliance to idiots who have no idea what the hell to do so they make up rules to try to look like they are doing something. If brains where cotton you idiots couldn’t make a Q-tip! Simple science shows these face coverings have no ability to block the virus. Educate yourselves and stop acting like you have any solutions and using your ignorance to enforce unconstitutional edicts.

  2. larry knight on July 5th, 2020 2:09 pm

    If every buyer will NOT shop in City Of p’cola they will reconsider! I for one WILL NOT!!

  3. Tabby on July 4th, 2020 10:55 am

    I don’t understand the problem here. If you want to wear a mask, this doesn’t apply to you. If you don’t, all you have to do is say you have a medical reason for not wearing it. You have no obligation to present proof to businesses or LEO. Says it right on the City website.

  4. David Huie Green on July 4th, 2020 6:59 am

    “This is ridiculous! Government officials don’t have to wear them ”

    I think the idea is that municipal government lacks authority over higher levels of government. They can and do set their own regulations. But it has been pointed out this ordinance has no teeth so fretting over it is pointless.

    I wonder if this is what happens when some have no sports to occupy their minds.

    David for effective treatments

  5. M Smith on July 3rd, 2020 11:35 pm

    This is ridiculous! Government officials don’t have to wear them and have the nerve to try and scare businesses into being mask police. My business my rules. Completely unconstitutional!

  6. David Huie Green on July 3rd, 2020 10:31 pm

    “Anti intellectualism? In your county?? It’s more likely than you think!”

    For a number of reasons, mainly because it conflicts with precious beliefs. Also because some people who wear the clothing of intellectualism are just covering other prejudices and preconceptions.

    Also, we are all stuck with the limitation that some matters can’t wait for a five year study or COVID-19 response wouldn’t begin until 2025 or so.

    David for good guessers

  7. I'm pretty sure on July 3rd, 2020 1:03 pm

    This is an outrage. If my surgeon doesn’t want to wear a mask, he shouldn’t have to.

  8. Nate on July 3rd, 2020 12:17 pm

    Wearing a mask is to prevent us from spreading the virus to surfaces and others. Inhalation of the virus is only one way to become infected. Yes, wearing a mask may protect you from inhaling the virus but it also will prevent you from spreading it as well. It is an attempt to cover all the bases as we cannot guarantee that everyone will be able, or will, sterilize their hands after touching a surface as the number of surfaces that could be contaminated are many.

    You also may carry the virus and not exhibit symptoms which could lead you to be unaware that you need to quarantine yourself. This could lead you to not wearing a mask and spreading the virus to others. By saying it should be ourchoice as to whether we wear a mask or not we are also saying it should be our choice whether or not we potentially infect other people and that they don’t have a choice in that.

  9. SF on July 3rd, 2020 10:06 am

    For all of you who want to wear masks. Good for you. If masks work so great then what difference does it make it people choose not to wear them as long as YOU have yours on? SHEEP!

  10. jordan on July 2nd, 2020 5:38 pm

    I am totally amazed at so many complaining about losing their “constitutional right of choice.” First of all in case you haven’t noticed we are in the middle of an emergency and all that is being done is trying to save your life. Second, the the lady who admitted breaking the seat belt law – i look forward to seeing your mug shot when you get busted.

  11. Wyatt Derp on July 2nd, 2020 12:50 pm

    The ignorance in many of these comments is staggering, but not unexpected.

    There is no “constitutional right of choice.”

    The face coverings are not to protect you–it is to protect others. Golden Rule applies.

    A 98% survival rate equals a 2% fatality rate. So, if just 50% of Americans contract the virus, that’s 3,300,000 dead Americans. Pretty sure the flu is NOT worse.

  12. Jane M Scott on July 2nd, 2020 12:48 pm

    The government is taking away all of our right. I DON’T want to wear a mask and will not wear a mask. It started with seatbelts .I don’t like them and DON’T wear them either

  13. Mike on July 2nd, 2020 12:24 pm

    We have a constitutional right of choice. This law is a violation and i will not be wearing a mask. City government doesnt have to wear on no one should and the first law officer that puts a hand on me i will sue for assault

  14. Matthew Zisa on July 2nd, 2020 12:22 pm

    So, I just want to make sure I understand the logic behind the enforced punishment.

    After a few civil infractions and fines, an individual can then be held in jail for up to 60 days? By chance is this the very same jail that had 3 positive test for Covid?

    If the city is able to create temporary laws to force you to wear something against your wishes in order to perform your Constitutional right? What is the limit to this power? Can you create laws that forces people to remain inside their homes in the name of keeping away the Coronavirus?

  15. Clarke on July 2nd, 2020 11:27 am

    I saw this morning that the Pensacola Police Department will be enforcing the face covering requirement. In order to issue a citation, they must witness the violation themselves. Seems to me, this will be difficult to enforce on any large scale.

  16. Michael on July 2nd, 2020 10:59 am

    The problem with forcing people wearing masks is, no one has been properly trained to wear a mask regardless of the type of masks that you choose to wear. The mask itself does not prevent you from catching the covid-19 virus. Also, no one knows how you properly wear a mask anyway. I have see people wearing them on their chins leaving the nose exposed (these are people who are working in grocery stores and restaurants). So that defeats the whole point. Not to mention you are creating a whole new issues when you are rebreathing your own Carbon dioxide. Another thing, you do not have to wear your masks whole driving, I don’t think anyone has been in your car except for you.
    Did anyone go to biology class? Your body is filled with antibodies and white blood cells. These antibodies and white blood cells fight off all kinds of bacteria and viruses everyday. If you don’t exposed yourselves, you will never build up an immunity to anything.
    Stop with the insanity, stop letting the government control you and how you think.

  17. Dexter on July 2nd, 2020 10:05 am

    All this for a disease with a 98% survival rate.

    I had COVID a couple of weeks ago. I had a fever and a headache. I took an Advil for both and slept it off. Fever was gone in 48 hours, the headache was gone in 60. My back was tender for 3 days like I had been through a heavy workout.

    Yes, everyone responds differently to it, BUT THAT’S TRUE FOR EVERY DISEASE.

    Stop feeding the fear, people. THE FLU IS WORSE.

  18. City Resident on July 2nd, 2020 7:39 am

    I’m trying to gain some perspective from those opposed to masking rules.

    If you were to go to a hospital outside of the City of Pensacola (example: West Florida Hospital) to visit someone or pick up paperwork, a prescription, etc, and the hospital mandated masks in the buildings, would you turn around and refuse to comply?

  19. Melissa A on July 2nd, 2020 6:56 am

    To answer Allah’s question about shop with a medical condition. Say you have asthma.

  20. Melissa A on July 2nd, 2020 6:45 am

    People say if u don’t wear a mask then you’re being selfish, it’s for other people’s protection. Wouldn’t those people being wearing a mask then? So if they’re wearing a mask, then y is it a big deal if I don’t wear a mask? They’re already “protected” by their own mask. That’s #1. #2, i see a lot of people wearing masks or bandanas or cloth masks that don’t even protect against the virus because the virus is so microscopic, it’ll pass right through. #3, I notice it said this rule doesn’t apply to government buildings. Of course they wouldn’t follow the same rules they pass down to us. Because it’s not about your health and safety, it’s about compliance. We’re headed in the direction of communism. Wake up!

  21. David Huie Green on July 2nd, 2020 1:56 am

    “This ordinance is clearly outside the parameters of legislation stated in our constitution.”

    Actually, Congress has other powers than those found in Article 1, Section 8 due to the wording of subsequent amendments. (I show a few below.)

    I particularly call attention to the 14th portion which says:
    “nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

    An argument is made that health-related legislation deprives people of liberty.
    An argument is made that health-related legislation protects the right to life for the vulnerable ( id est anyone or everyone for all we know).

    Anyhoo, power is written into the amendment and the order for states to carry it out.

    So, right or wrong, it still falls within the powers of Congress outlined in The Constitution as properly amended and the states and their lesser governments such as cities and counties.

    David for The Constitution
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 13th Amendment (outlawed slavery)
    “Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

    14th Amendment
    (No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.)
    “The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.”

    15th Amendment
    “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
    “The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

    16th Amendment
    “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived”

    18th (AKA Prohibition) was revoked by the 21st but included
    “The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

    19th , 23rd, 24th, 26th
    “The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

  22. Kyle on July 1st, 2020 9:47 pm

    The next election the complete city council needs to be replaced ! With actual people when care about pensacola.we shouldn’t have career political hacks who don’t listen to the people .

  23. Puddin on July 1st, 2020 9:30 pm

    So what I’m reading is, if you dont want to wear a mask, dont wear one. If anyone objects, tell them you have a medical condition. It clearly states that neither the Police nor the people at the establishment in question can ask for any verification. That paragraph negates the entire ordinance. Oh, and we dont have to wear them in the schools? Kids are tiny little germ factories! The whole thing is useless.

    For myself, I wont be going to town anytime soon.

  24. Vinny on July 1st, 2020 9:02 pm

    I would like to address LAG. You confess yourself a Christian but you only go by the verses you choose. The Bible clearly say that you should obey the law of the land. I have seen so many self proclaimed “CHRISTIANS” who spout about the government and the laws they are making. But none of you , I, believe actually do as your told. You pick and choose the different verses you want and start shouting it out like you are the prophet .if you truly believe what the Bible says, then follow every word that Your lord and savior wrote in his book and do what they ask of you. Romans 13:1-2 says: “Obey the government, for God is the One who has put it there. There is no government anywhere that God has not placed in power. So those who refuse to obey the law of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow.” And the Church said Amen.

  25. Hearh on July 1st, 2020 8:55 pm

    No mask = no service.
    No service = no sale
    No sale = no income

  26. Laquita Hurd on July 1st, 2020 8:28 pm

    People speaking as if they are allowed to venture out without a mask it is their risk to take. It would be except this forces others that may actually give a crap about their fellow man to be in a position to take care of your selfish needs. And to Peggy who stated she wasn’t hating but people were allowed to protest. Sid you share that same sentiment when people were protesting against shutdowns. So your freedoms to run around and shop actually steps on others rights to live well and not be subjected to a possible hospital stay.

  27. Yikes on July 1st, 2020 7:40 pm

    People really putting the words science and experts in air quotes.

    Anti intellectualism? In your county?? It’s more likely than you think!

  28. City Resident on July 1st, 2020 7:38 pm

    The bottom line is that the majority of residents of the City of Pensacola want people to social distance and wear masks. I personally thanked the mayor for the decision, and will also thank our city councilman. Not all agree with masks, but we’re not at war with each other. There isn’t a single house among ten on my street or around the corner against the mask ordinance given the current community spread situation.

    We are quite welcoming in Pensacola. My neighbors are from all over America and some from Europe and elsewhere in the Americas. Southerners, Northerns, even the republic of Texas. And, many home grown native Pensacolians, too. Our tourist economy is vibrant. We’re proud of downtown, the bay front, the unique neighborhoods, oak lined streets, the airport, and our strong business/economic base. We have our economic disparities in housing, but our City is engaged with its communities. It’s not perfect, but I’ve traveled a lot, and there is no place else that is as home as Pensacola.

    But the city is ultimately its citizens. We’re incorporated, we overall like our municipal government, its rules and customs, and we have strong planning goals and purpose. And although those who do not live are welcomed to shop, dine, seek medical attention, go to church, and work here, they are welcomed to boycott the City, too, over (shrug) masks. (?)

    As for me, I intentionally try to patronize City business as often as possible…. not to boycott the unincorporated areas, but to support the city businesses that are a part of my home and where I like to spend my time and life. If you do not want to be a visitor here for whatever reason, that’s okay. In the end, if municipal residents decide that the mask ordinance was that wrong, we’ll take care of the problem at the polls.

    In all honesty, I doubt many who are posting such anger at the City of Pensacola over (shrug) masks spend much time or money inside the City Limits itself. I personally think many complaining just like to find anything they can to argue about for the sake of arguing, imitating loud conservative TV personalities.

  29. DK on July 1st, 2020 7:34 pm

    I’ve said it a few times before on different Covid mask stories If you are scared and live in fear stay at home and let the rest of us normal folk continue on with life ,you say selfish or dumb,stupid..No sir or ma’am I will not be dictated to about wearing a mask if I choose not to period.Im not against people wears mask that is their choice and mine is not too.The data is all over the place depending on who you listen to meaning Republican or Democrat and on top of that it’s an election year so go figure.Not to hard to figure out if you pay attention and common sense ain’t so common.

  30. PEGGY A BOWERS on July 1st, 2020 7:32 pm

    I don’t agree with all the politics, I also don’t agree with all the haters. I do believe there is a “double standard”. Why are we allowing protestors be in a crowd more than 10, a lot are not wearing masks, but people on the beach are the problem? Why are liquor stores open, not an essential business.
    Why are we being dictated to about when and where masks are required? If government believes masks are necessary they should be Everywhere, not just in selective places. There’s no way possible to stop the virus. Products ship in
    With viruses already. Just my thoughts.

  31. LAG on July 1st, 2020 7:02 pm

    Masks should be a choice. Masks promote fear, increases anxiety, it is a communication barrier especially for the hearing impaired who rely on reading lips to communicate. It clearly is a health hazard per OSHA Law Standard Number 1910.134.
    If you profess Jesus The Christ as your Lord and Savior, He did not give you a spirit of fear, but a spirit of love, power and a SOUND MIND, and if you read His Book, from Genesis to Revelation you will find “Do Not Fear” commands all through it.
    Only 2 defining forces have ever died for us: Jesus The Christ died for our souls and the American Soldier died for our freedom. Stop this government insanity and make decisions based on logic and common sense, not fear-based on emotions. We, the people will vote you out!

  32. bob c on July 1st, 2020 6:22 pm

    Hey GROVER, we decided to just stay AWAY from the City of Pensacola until the final whistles have blown.
    MANY Excellent places to eat that are not hoity-toity and yuppiefied out in the County and plenty of places to shop too.
    No need to visit a ghost town and pay the extra City Taxes.
    Yep, we do wear masks when WE Feel it Important, not when some flimsy Ordinance is put in place.
    When the City opens up again please have the dudes and dudettes holding cardboard signs on every corner be your Social Media folks and let us know it’s Safe to Go.

  33. BRING IT ON on July 1st, 2020 6:14 pm

    Just avoid Pensacola, Florida. There are plenty of places to go in the county. My argument is, you can burn cities down with no recourse but will be fined or even arrested for a for not wearing a mask. We definitely are becoming third world.

  34. Surgeons Against Masks on July 1st, 2020 5:48 pm

    Next time I need surgery, I’m making sure my doctors and OR staff are members of “Surgeons Without Masks”.

    It’s an organization that had its highest membership in Civil War hospitals and tents in 1863, the pinnacle of Global medical knowledge.

  35. Wyatt Derp on July 1st, 2020 5:21 pm

    All I can say is its a good thing the citizens during WW II weren’t as selfish and thick-headed as the anti-mask crowd.

    You are unable to sacrifice for the greater good because you are selfish and lack self-awareness.

    Try to grow up.

  36. Liberty on July 1st, 2020 5:05 pm

    Anybody find it interesting that a bunch of commies in the cities have a big fascination with unequal treatment and telling others how to live their lives? You aren’t going to dictate to others to where a mask. And I’m sure the flood of litigation that’s coming won’t change your mind, but reality will. Keep your “experts”, keep your “science” and keep your Communism! Bunch of damn blood sucking rats. Go to Canada if you want that crap!

  37. I quit on July 1st, 2020 4:23 pm

    I have to wear a mask in the city? What’s next… shirt and shoes in a restaurant? Seatbelt in a vehicle? No coolers in the movie theater? Forget this big city talk, I’m stayin in the woods where God formed me from the dirt!

  38. jb cuthburt on July 1st, 2020 3:48 pm

    Anyone else find it crazy that a bunch of hicks from northern Escambia county know more than scientists and doctors? Like, what are the odds that this small pocket of the country is so smart? Something must be in the water here.

  39. Richard Allison, W4WFL on July 1st, 2020 3:21 pm

    Is the Mayor and Council going to ban protests????

  40. Richard Allison, W4WFL on July 1st, 2020 3:19 pm

    This Mayor and Council function on knee jerk and emotions. Can anyone guarantee wearing masks will change the numbers? NO! We have had protests in the street and no social distancing but no one thinks this made things worse? Yes it did! Then why did law abiding people that social distance and stayed home for two months to flatten the curve to allow those to protest without any distancing and masks? Do honest people that cooperated need to do it again for these folks? NO! I don’t live in the city but if I did, I would not vote for that pandering kneeling King Grover IV Supreme Leader of Protecting the Stupid. I am boycotting all City of Pensacola businesses until this silly rule is cancelled. Apparently the borders of Cuba were extended to the tiny Pensacola City Limits. I see that there are limits of free speech on this thread which does not surprise me.

  41. RC on July 1st, 2020 3:14 pm

    I did not move to Iran. You cannot force me to cover my face.

  42. Here we go! on July 1st, 2020 1:34 pm

    Chris, One doesn’t have to be a ‘Karen or boomer’ to want someone to recognize that the lawful are being mandated to death. Denigrating others by labeling them Karens and boomers closes the doors to communication and sharing of free thoughts. Patience and kindness are just as important as masks.

  43. Clarke on July 1st, 2020 1:10 pm

    Just curious. How does the city council plan on enforcing this requirement? Or is it all just for show?

  44. MeanGeneGreen on July 1st, 2020 1:01 pm

    The USA has become the laughing stock of the entire FREE world.

    Many other countries are enjoying opening up and traveling to other places. Yet we’re all still here bickering about masks. We’re the only country who chooses to defy local government and health officials.

    Sometimes it’s about something bigger than yourselves.

  45. Y’all are so dumb on July 1st, 2020 12:59 pm

    and I’m not sure if y’all even read the damn thing, but it says
    “The ordinance order does not apply to”
    “• a child under the age of 2”
    soo that means that children do not need a mask or face covering because they cannot wear one. They cannot wear a mask because they have small airways and aren’t strong enough to change positions if they can’t breathe, so a mask could cause them to suffocate. And no one should be trying to put a mask on a 2 year old. They aren’t going to go around “throwing 2 year olds in jail” because this specific ordinance does not apply to children under the age of 2!

  46. Y’all are so dumb on July 1st, 2020 12:54 pm

    all of you saying “everyone except government employees” & “interesting how the problem must not be in government buildings” are plain stupid. The city of Pensacola cannot before their “laws” on government

  47. Phil on July 1st, 2020 12:51 pm

    Just curious as to how do they fine someone for this? A person isn’t required(yet) to walk around with an ID. Would the fine be required on the spot? Would they haul one off to jail if they couldn’t be sure of the name to write on the fine?

  48. Sean on July 1st, 2020 12:44 pm

    I see ’scientific data’ being cited as a reason to trust this. You mean the same ’scientific data’ that just a couple months ago told people not to wear masks? Give me a break. This is like putting ice on a burn, it will stop the pain until you take the ice away.. At some point you simply have to ‘take the burn’ and let the body’s immune system do its job. Or are all you sheep willing to do whatever these so called experts (they haven’t been right on a single one of their predictions for this pandemic yet) tell you to do? I call BS. Think for yourselves.

  49. mnon on July 1st, 2020 12:27 pm

    Yes you all do still live in the united states. The issue is not your rights to do this or that but what is right for the population as a whole. I do not understand how people can put their rights up as a shield mandated by our forefathers. The very same government now asking you to wear a mask to protect others. So your argument is null and void.

    To not wear a mask and protect others is just self-centered, narcissistic behavior. It just illustrates the social climate we are in, everyone is only concerned about what they believe and their opinions with no regard for others health and safety.

  50. Frank Cotton on July 1st, 2020 12:00 pm

    I took a look at so called rules, leaves a lot room for not wearing mask also, absolutely absurd in my opinion. I Don’t watch mainstream news much anymore so correct me if I’m wrong, But when I woke up this morning I was still living in the United States of America land of the Free Home of the Brave…Right ? or did the New World Oder already take over?

  51. Tat on July 1st, 2020 11:57 am

    Downtown Pensacola is a ghost town….poor merchants.

  52. mike on July 1st, 2020 11:50 am

    on further investigation, counties in texas have found a way around the masks fines, they get the person involved arrested for trespassing. the gov still gets their money. :)

  53. Allaboutthemask on July 1st, 2020 11:44 am

    It’s people like you all who want to defy Authority is the reason why the numbers for the virus keep going up if you don’t want to wear a mask that’s absolutely fine but stay away from the public. To wear a mask I do wear a mask because of idiots like you

  54. RLow on July 1st, 2020 11:43 am

    When did wearing a mask become a law? I must’ve missed that part.

  55. fotyfoe on July 1st, 2020 11:37 am

    • A child under two years of age.

    So…Children under 2 don’t breathe air?

  56. BT on July 1st, 2020 11:29 am

    Local governments have broad emergency powers when it comes to public safety. Nothing unconstitutional about it.

    I don’t want to wear a mask either, but there is nothing unreasonable about this approach. I’m not scared of the virus, but I don’t want to spread it to someone else if I have been exposed to it.

  57. Chris on July 1st, 2020 11:23 am

    Sometimes I love the stupidity of people…..I choose to believe SCIENTIFIC data and will wear a mask for my health and the protection of those around me, you Karen’s and boomers who think otherwise enjoy the world you are creating! If for once people would follow guidelines that have worked throughout the world maybe we could get back to life as we once knew it….oh I’m sorry your nail and hair appointments were more important! Government isint always the problem stop trying to make everything political because someone is requiring you to be a better human and look out for your fellow man and wear a dang mask!

  58. Wow on July 1st, 2020 11:17 am

    This is the most stupid thing I’ve heard of. Mask do not protect you from microscopic organisms, respirators do. Masks have very little effect on protecting other people from possibly contracting what you have. Do your research people. There’s a lot more happening here.

  59. Sam on July 1st, 2020 11:15 am

    Funny how the “council” can pass a law that doesn’t apply to those who it actually has authority to pass laws for (government workers) and claim it applies to everybody it lacks authority to make laws for, the sovereign people. When people learn the true authority they will quit tolerating the abuse.

  60. histbuff on July 1st, 2020 10:59 am

    Masks for thee but not for me? By now it should be apparent it has nothing to do with health safety. The mask requirement is to teach that every person shall be subservient and submit to all govt officials and rules or whims no matter how absurd.

    In a free republic (what our country was founded upon), people give consent to be governed (not ruled), as long as leaders respect people’s God-given rights. Those leaders may give suggestions, not edicts, about what people can do to protect themselves.

  61. Wyatt Derp on July 1st, 2020 10:49 am

    To those questioning the government building exception:

    The City cannot make rules for government buildings controlled by non-City government entities.

    Good grief.

  62. Slow Down on July 1st, 2020 10:46 am

    The mayor can put a ordinance in place but it can not be enforced by LEOs. However, private businesses can have someone trespassed from the property if they wish. This is all civil and the most the police would be involved is just documenting the trespass warning. There is no avenue for fines or arrest with these types of ordinances. Secondly, the government employees have to wear mask except when they are inside their own building and practicing social distancing. If they are in public, a residence, a business or speaking to people then they have to have a mask on.

  63. YEA RIGHT on July 1st, 2020 10:45 am

    TRY ME.

  64. Like I Care on July 1st, 2020 10:18 am

    The mayor of Pensacola has no authority in Federal, State, & County offices. That is why he can’t enforce the mask policy in these areas that are located within the city limits. It is up to the County and State to set guidance for that building. First Responders are wearing masks when it does not interfere with their duties. Think before you complain about nonsense!

  65. Bea on July 1st, 2020 10:16 am

    Look at all these chickens in the comments. Oh wait excuse me, karens, i mean karens. Just shut the hell up and put on a mask. Stop being so self centered ya damn filthy animals.

  66. LoganExplosion on July 1st, 2020 10:11 am

    Children under 2?! Have you tried to put a mask on a 2 year old? Obviously this was written by people that have never seen or heard of a child. It was 6 before. Maybe should be 4 (with leniency). Can’t wait to see them throw a 2 year old in jail! “Time to bust open the piggy bank Timmy. Security is going to rough you up a bit on the way out.”

  67. Eduardo Camacho on July 1st, 2020 10:00 am

    For all you mask wearers (especially those of you who think wearing it outside is NOT stupid

  68. fisherman on July 1st, 2020 9:52 am

    What a joke make everyone wear a mask and exempt your self from having to wear them.It’s nice to know you can’t get the virus if your working in a government building.My commissioner will not get my vote and i’ll let him know.

  69. tara sanders on July 1st, 2020 9:50 am

    welcome to tyranny and socialism !

    “15 days to stop the spread” they lied

    let’s take individual healthcare out of politics .

    who is responsible for the citizens wearing masks incorrectly or dirty masks that are ridden with bacteria? who do i sue if a child falls with hypoxia?

    your freedom does not end where someone else’s fear begins. they are hearding citizens like sheep and won’t stop until we are all slaves of deep state . our children will never live the childhoods we once knew if we don’t object and rescind this over reach!

  70. Not Right on July 1st, 2020 9:46 am

    If there’s any attorney(s) setting up a class action lawsuit against the city’s dictatorship, please post that information.

  71. Milton on July 1st, 2020 9:45 am

    I will not be patronizing any business in Pensacola.

  72. coalmine on July 1st, 2020 9:15 am

    Regarding the face masks in county, state, and federal buildings, I’m not saying whether or not I believe it’s right or wrong. It’s just that city government does not have jurisdiction over county, state, or federal. The exception is more for clarity than to exempt themselves. You’ll notice it does NOT say City of Pensacola employees or buildings.

    Whether you choose to wear a mask or not, I hope you remain safe with whatever your choice and that you and your families also are unaffected by the virus.

  73. Wanamaker on July 1st, 2020 9:04 am

    We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

    Legislative Duties

    Article I section 8

    Congress shall have Power to lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare…

    To borrow Money on the credit of the United States

    To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations

    To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization… on subject of Bankruptcies

    To coin Money

    To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting

    To establish Post Offices and post Roads

    To promote the progress of Science and useful Arts

    To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court

    To define and punish Piracies…

    To declare War

    To raise and support Armies

    To provide and maintain a Navy

    To make rules for land and naval forces

    To provide for calling forth the Militia

    To erect forts, magazines, arsenals…

    To make all laws necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers vested by this Constitution.

    This ordinance is clearly outside the parameters of legislation stated in our constitution.

    James Madison, Justice Owen Roberts, and the Supreme Court 1937 in Helvering vs. Davis defined the General Welfare Clause as the power of federal government to Tax and Spend for the general welfare.

  74. Lol on July 1st, 2020 8:56 am

    Honestly not trying to argue, but I genuinely want to know…….
    for all that hold that being told to wear a mask is an infringement on their rights, how do you feel about being told your CHILD has to be vaccinated before a certain age. You know, the vaccine WE ALL have had to get, to prevent the spread of diseases.
    That’s something we have accepted to be the norm, because we agree it prevents the diseases. So………what’s the difference in having to wear a mask(which has been found to cut down or prevent the transmission of diseases) other than the fact that you’re just being asked to wear a mask in public, and vaccinating your children (and yourself at the young age) is having a needle with a vaccine stuck in your/their arm??????
    I would think anyone complaining about having to wear a mask to prevent the spread of disease would also complain that they have to get their kids vaccinated to prevent the spread of disease.

  75. Tammy on July 1st, 2020 8:52 am

    Covid 1984



  76. mike on July 1st, 2020 8:52 am

    hehe, you are missing the point, the fines. it is a way to make a buck off covid. :D

  77. Jimmy on July 1st, 2020 8:37 am

    Once again our so called leaders pass laws that they are exempt from. It was clearly a mistake to give power to the members of the Pensacola City Council and Mayor Grover Robinson. First chance they got, they abused it.

  78. Earl on July 1st, 2020 8:18 am

    I am sorry to say the city is going to end up like Hawaii
    When you infringe on rights you pay the price
    Ask Gov David Ige of Hawaii
    To each state and county their own
    To each the outcome

  79. hmmm on July 1st, 2020 6:57 am

    interesting how the virus must not be a problem in a government building…

  80. Harry Bush on July 1st, 2020 6:39 am

    How is it that government employees are immune and normal citizens have to be masked?

  81. Dale on July 1st, 2020 6:29 am

    So…, everyone in Pensacola except the government employees?

  82. Mr. Nobody on July 1st, 2020 3:30 am

    So basically everyone must wear the mask except the first responders. This is highly entertaining. The ones who come in contact with the most people should be the ones required to wear them at all times without exception.

  83. Frank on July 1st, 2020 3:17 am

    Fining people and potentially throwing people in cages at gun point over this is a blatant sign of tyranny.

  84. Guy on July 1st, 2020 3:01 am

    Since when has Pensacola become a communist state

  85. Alla on July 1st, 2020 2:53 am

    About the medical condition, you said you don’t have to submit the proof. So how do you go about it if you do have a medical condition and need to shop?

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