Alachua County Emergency Action and Extended Short-Term Emergency Order


Alachua County Press Release

At its special meeting on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, the Alachua County Commission voted unanimously to extend both its emergency action, declaring a local state of emergency, and its emergency order to short term, requiring masking within companies. As with the original order, this renewal is in response to the alarming and dangerous spike in COVID-19 cases and the enormous pressure on our residents, businesses, hospital staff and first responders. This order extension begins at 5:00 p.m. today and is in effect until September 9, 2021.

Read the extended emergency action

Read the 2nd short-term emergency order extension

The main change in the decree is the requirement (previously it was optional) for businesses to display masking signage at company entrances. Call 352-213-4949 to have a sign delivered or use the links below to print your own.

The provisions of the deferral order include

  • A face shield should be worn in all indoor areas when there are more than two people present. This requirement excludes private residences or spaces occupied by a single-family unit.
  • Masks should cover the mouth and nose and wrap securely around the head or ears.
  • An employer should not prevent its employees from wearing face masks in accordance with OSHA recommendations and this Order.

Signs for companies are available here:
Business sign letter size
Legal size commercial sign
18 × 24 commercial sign

Letter size bar and restaurant
Legal size of bar and restaurant
Bar and restaurant 18 × 24


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