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Lee County Schools mask mandate met mainly with cooperation first day

Students in The School District of Lee County were expected to mask up Wednesday for the first effective day of the mandate Lee County School Board passed. Many parents threatened to send their children to school without them after the ruling; however, those we spoke to say they noticed most students following the mandate. “Pretty […]

Lee County schools prepare to enforce mask mandate on campuses

A mask mandate that infuriated parents is set to go into effect at schools within The School District of Lee County Wednesday. Monday, dozens showed up to the Lee County School Board meeting to shout down Interim Superintendent Ken Savage, who issued the order. Several people were kicked out of the meeting, and others fought […]

Lee County schools enact mask mandate with only medical opt-out

Public school students in Lee County will now be required to wear masks at school with no option to opt out, except for a medical exemption with a doctor’s note. The school board previously called a special meeting for Monday at 5 p.m. to address mask rules. Ahead of that meeting Superintendent Ken Savage enacted […]

Naples tables mask mandate decision after a rush to renewed discussion

Naples City Council renewed discussion about a mask mandate Wednesday in what was a late addition to the meeting’s agenda. Ultimately, council decided to hold off on a decision of the matter and plan to discuss it during a special meeting next week. City council members were visibly frustrated during the topic’s discussion, with Mayor […]

Commissioners expected to decide future of mask mandate in Collier County

Collier County Board of County Commissioners is expected to make a decision on whether the countywide mask mandate will be extended Thursday. There’s a lot on the line for people and businesses. We visited Seed to Table Market in Collier County Wednesday, where it remains a business strictly against the mandate in Collier County. Still, […]


Fort Myers city council agrees to rediscuss mask mandate if future calls for it

Fort Myers City Council discussed Monday the possibility of reviewing a mask mandate in the future. This is the third time since July the council has talked about requiring them in the city. In an agenda memo, Councilman Johnny Streets argued council is accountable and responsible for the health and safety of every person in […]

Those against a school mask mandate protest in Lee County

Masks have caused divisive debates, and it’s spilling into the classroom now. Some parents say they want the choice whether their child wears a mask or not at school and believe The School District of Lee County does not have the power to mandate them. Moms, dads, students and teachers stood together during a public […]

Major retailers follow through with mask mandates at stores

Many major retailers are now enacting mandates requiring customers to wear masks inside their businesses. They want shoppers to wear personal protective equipment to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Masks continue to be a hot-button issue. It’s something everyone has an opinion about. Among big retail companies with this requirement, Walmart decided to […]

Collier County Tourist Development Council to discuss mask mandate

Collier County Tourist Development Council will discuss making masks mandatory in the county at its Wednesday meeting. The county decided against it recently, but the tourism council is revisiting it. The director of Collier County tourism says all they can give to the county commission is a recommendation. They are not putting any policies in […]

Views on mask use, mandate vary among community members

The debate in Southwest Florida grows as many municipalities in the region discuss mandating masks to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. City of Sanibel became the first municipality in the region to mandate masks be worn in public. Meanwhile, there’s no mask mandate anywhere else in Southwest Florida. Tuesday, we asked community members […]