There has been a lot of disinformation about the mask mandate nationwide and Seminole County, Florida is no exception. What is an exception is each and every one of you! According to Executive Order 2020-30,
Section 5. Exceptions. A Face Covering shall not be required for the following persons:
- a) Persons under the age of 2 years;
- b) Persons for whom a Face Covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition or
- c) Persons working in a business or profession who are not interacting with the public and who are
able to maintain social distancing from co-workers;
- d) Persons working in, or patrons of, a business or profession where use of a Face Covering would
prevent them from performing the duties or receiving the services of the business or profession;
- e) Persons exercising, while maintaining social distancing;
- f) Persons eating or drinking;
- g) Public safety, fire, and other life safety and health care personnel, as their personal protective
equipment requirements will be governed by their respective agencies; and
- h) Persons communicating with someone who is hearing-impaired and must see the mouth of
someone wearing a Face Covering in order to communicate.
According to ADA law, it is required to make reasonable accommodations for anyone with a disability including:
- Individuals with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or other respiratory disabilities may not be able to wear a face mask because of difficulty in or impaired breathing. People with respiratory disabilities should consult their own medical professional for advice about using face masks. The CDC also states that anyone who has trouble breathing should not wear a face mask.
- People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), severe anxiety, or claustrophobia (an abnormal fear of being in enclosed or narrow places), may feel afraid or terrified when wearing a face mask. These individuals may not be able to stay calm or function when wearing a face mask.
- Some people with autism are sensitive to touch and texture.  Covering the nose and mouth with fabric can cause sensory overload, feelings of panic, and extreme anxiety.
- A person who has cerebral palsy may have difficulty moving the small muscles in the hands, wrists, or fingers. Due to their limited mobility, they may not be able to tie the strings or put the elastic loops of a face mask over the ears. This means that the individual may not be able to put on or remove a face mask without assistance.
- A person who uses mouth control devices such as a sip and puff to operate a wheelchair or assistive technology, or uses their mouth or tongue to use assistive ventilators will be unable to wear a mask.