As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, mandatory face masks in Orange County and Orlando are now required in all public places. The announcement came from Mayor Jerry Demings on Thursday and will go into effect this Saturday. As of now, there is no anticipated end date for the new mandate.\nThe mandate encourages businesses to refuse entry to any person not wearing a mask.\nSection 2 of the mandate states that, in businesses where employees and patrons cannot be six feet apart, masks are required, except if the mask would impede on their services.\nMayor Demings also said that not complying with the mandate would not result in criminal charges or fines. “We want voluntary compliance with this,” he added.\nThe order also lists some exemptions that will warrant not wearing a mask, including children under two, those who have health conditions that might be exacerbated by wearing one, people actively exercising, and those who have jobs where they don’t interact with people.\nOther exemptions include certain industries like transit, first responders, government, health care works, veterinarians, shelter and rehab centers, childcare, utility providers, and construction workers.\nATTN: Orange County small businesses. We'll be distributing free PPE June 24-26. To receive PPE for your business, please visit https://t.co/T5YWHPXNrR for more information.We've distributed over 3 million masks and 500K hand sanitizers to area businesses already!#COVID19 pic.twitter.com/jmE9lmtQ4S— Orange County FL (@OrangeCoFL) June 18, 2020\nIn response to how people should deal with the new order in restaurants, Mayor Demings replied, “If they’re not eating, they’re just congregating and socializing, then they should be wearing their masks.”\n#COVID19 Update: ✅316 cases since yesterday✅Order requiring facial coverings, effective 6/20✅New testing sites in Apopka, Zellwood and more: https://t.co/K06XjJ5ypC✅Applications for Individual and Family Assistance Program will reopen on 6/22: https://t.co/vdn63TbbjH pic.twitter.com/cihLbfJz8G— Orange County FL (@OrangeCoFL) June 18, 2020\nThe announcement follows several other Florida cities and counties that also put out mandates requiring masks in public places.\nOther Florida cities and counties with mandatory mask mandates include Tampa and St. Pete, both starting today at 5 p.m.\nMonroe County already has one in effect. The Florida Keys will require masks until at least June of 2021, with the mandate being reviewed quarterly throughout the next year.\n😷 Full details + exceptions: @OCFLMayor signs executive order to require face coverings in public. https://t.co/9WQIfktIaH #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/fSiQD7b1Yg— Orange County FL (@OrangeCoFL) June 18, 2020\nFlorida as a whole has seen climbing numbers of COVID-19 cases in the past weeks, with 3,200 new cases reported on Thursday. Florida's COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard currently show 89,748 total cases across the state.