The Pinellas County Commission has been overloaded with anti-mask advocates requesting the ordinance be repealed. Although COVID-19 cases have slowed in Pinellas County, Commissioner Kenneth Welch remains cautious against eliminating the very tool that has helped regulate the spread of the coronavirus. The board of commissioners is also working in coordination with the public schools to implement the safest practices for reopening. As for Welch’s future, he has decided to enter the race to become the next Mayor of St. Petersburg. Welch has publicly endorsed Rene Flowers, current Pinellas County School Board member, to be his successor.