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Mask mandates continue to spark debate in Southwest Florida.

Posted at 10:41 PM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 22:41:09-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla.  — The debate continues here in Southwest Florida as many people are on different sides on the argument regarding wearing a face mask in public.

Chaos erupted yesterday at a Cape Coral City Council meeting over a mask mandate that was put on hold for next week.

“You guys will have to repent, and you guys will have all of your stuff taken away. Not us! We will protect our rights! I will not wear a mask, fine me, and I will not pay for it!” said one woman during the Cape Coral City Council meeting.

However, some say they agree with the CDC that wearing a mask is vital.

“However, even after all these encouragements, we still see far too many people not wearing a mask in public. This has left us no choice, we need to protect the citizens of Cape Coral,” said one young man during the Cape Coral City Council Meeting.

In a media call today, Dr. Larry Antonucci President of Lee Health, warned that hospitals will soon become full, and he's advising everyone to be smart and stay safe during this holiday weekend.

“No one person law or mandate can stop the spread of the virus, the actions of each and everyone one of us can ensure the safety of our families friends and strangers alike,” said Dr, Larry Antonucci.

At this time Lee County, the City of Fort Myers, and Cape Coral do not have mask mandates, while Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel are requiring masks in public places.

One woman says this is a great idea, that officials should look at the mandates by community case numbers.

“And make a decision based on what the impact is, so for those that have less cases there should be less impact to wearing a mask,” said one woman in Downtown Fort Myers.

One man is against the idea.

“But at the same time, I gotta look at it that I could affect somebody else’s life. So for that reason, I’m going to do it so that I don’t infect somebody else if I get it” said one man in Downtown Fort Myers.