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By Steve Steiner
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Rally Takes Place in Downtown Bartow Urging Mandatory Mask Wearing


Last updated 7/15/2020 at 3:24pm

Steve Steiner

Protest organizer Catherine Price supports mandatory masks.

A rally held at the corner of Main Street and Broadway, at the site of the Polk County History Museum, which is the former courthouse, drew only a handful of people July 9. The rally's intent was to persuade people to voluntarily wear masks.

It was also to communicate to county commissioners they should make the wearing of masks in Polk County mandatory. At its most recent meeting, the BOCC instead chose to make the wearing of masks optional.

"This is an ad hoc group of people who are concerned Polk County doesn't have a mask mandate," said rally organizer Catherine Price, who added that su...

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