Florida Welcome Centers Reopen With Free Face Masks


    TALLAHASSEE — Two state-operated welcome centers opened to the public Monday for the first time since March, while the coronavirus pandemic keeps two others locked up. And while the highway centers were once known for offering free orange juice to weary travelers, state workers at the reopened facilities — on Interstate 10 near the Alabama border and Interstate 75 near the Georgia border — are providing free face masks as part of COVID-19 protocols. Visit Florida President and CEO Dana Young said Monday that more than 400,000 masks have been made available by the state Department of Health and the Division of Emergency Management’s State Emergency Response Team. “They will be for our staff, and we will be making these available freely to the public throughout the summer if they desire to pick one up while they are visiting our state,” Young said during a Visit Florida Executive Committee conference call. The welcome-center openings come after the state on June 5 ended a motorist


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