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    New bill would prevent Florida government from requiring mandatory COVID-19 vaccines

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    GOP state Rep. Anthony Sabatini filed HB 6003 to strip the state's power to require mandatory vaccines during a pandemic. Gov. Ron DeSantis has said...
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    Ocala Christmas Parade canceled

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    The December 2020 Ocala Christmas Parade has been canceled due to COVID-19. The City of Ocala provides a permit for the parade and that permit...

    Marion County schools report new cases of COVID-19

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    In a press release Friday, Marion County school officials reported that 30 people --  8 employees and 22 students -- tested positive for COVID-19...
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    Marion County kindergartners switched to online classes due to COVID-19

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    Ocala, Florida -- Kindergarteners at Emerald Shores Elementary will switch to online schooling following a single positive case of coronavirus connected to the class. The...
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    Health officials say Marion County seeing drop in COVID-19 cases

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    Ocala, Florida -- The Florida Department of Health says that Marion County is moving in a positive direction as far as local COVID-19 cases....
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    Ocala business owner files lawsuit against the City of Ocala over “unlawful mask ordinance”

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    An Ocala business owner, who is also an attorney, filed a lawsuit against the City of Ocala Thursday for both a declaratory judgment and...
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    Health department not consulted before sheriff banned employees from wearing masks

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    Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods believes that there is no real evidence that wearing a mask lessens the spread of COVID-19. On August 11, the...
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    Veto overruled, masks now required in Ocala, businesses vow not to allow deputies in...

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    Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods bans employees from wearing face masks On Wednesday, the Ocala City Council overturned Mayor Kent Guinn's veto after striking down...
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    Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods accused of withholding vital health information from the families...

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    Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods is being accused of instructing his jail employees to withhold vital health information from the families of inmates. This is...

    Ocala mayor vetoed mask ordinance

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    The City of Ocala last week, in a 4-1 vote, passed an emergency measure to force citizens to wear face masks. On Monday, August 10,...
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    Masks will now be required in Ocala

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    Last updated on August 10, 2020. Read the update here. The City of Ocala, in a 4-1 vote, passed an emergency measure to force citizens...
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    Florida Education Association files emergency order against Gov. DeSantis

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    In July, Ocala Post reported that Florida's largest teachers union had filed a lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis to prevent schools from opening. On Tuesday,...
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    Marion County COVID-19 updates for August 4

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    Marion County is reporting 5,434 cumulative cases of COVID-19 as of this afternoon. This is an increase of 148 cases since yesterday (Aug. 3). Of...
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    Marion County COVID-19 update for July 20

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    Marion County is reporting 2,550 cumulative cases of COVID-19 as of July 20. This is: - An addition of 127 cases since yesterday (July 19) - An...
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    Teachers’ union files lawsuit over school reopening order

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    According to recently released court documents, the Florida Education Association has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to prevent Gov. Ron DeSantis and state...
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    COVID-19 update for Marion County

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    Ocala — The Department of Health in Marion County is reporting 1,043 cumulative cases of COVID-19 as of this morning. This is an addition...

    Mayor is correct, DBPR would first receive a complaint on a bar, not law...

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    On June 26, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation suspended the on-premises consumption of alcohol at all bars in Florida. As stated in...
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    Ocala Mayor will not enforce state order prohibiting alcohol sales at bars

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    On June 26, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation suspended the on-premises consumption of alcohol at all bars in Florida. As stated in...
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    Lawsuit filed against Marion County Sheriff, Billy Woods

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    UPDATE: On July 2, 2020, at approximately 8 a.m., less than 24 hours after this article was published, Judge Anthony Tatti signed an Order...
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    Bars must immediately cease alcohol sales

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    Shortly after Florida reported nearly 9,000 new COVID-19 cases in a single day, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation ordered all bars...