Wear your mask before leaving your home. On Thursday morning, the Mayor of Miami-Dade issued an amendment to Emergency Order 20-20 requiring everyone in Miami-Dade to wear masks or face coverings when in public – even if you can maintain social distance of over 6 feet. This means, unless you meet one of the exceptions below, you MUST wear a mask when you leave your home – even if you are walking by yourself down an empty street. This order takes effect today, July 2nd at 9:00 am.
This Miami-Dade Emergency Order overrides the Coral Gables Face Mask Emergency Order that allowed you to not wear a mask outdoors if you are more than 6 feet apart from other people.
Exceptions to Miami-Dade Face Mask Order
- People with respiratory conditions that make it difficult to cover mouth and nose.
- Children under the age of 2.
- People doing strenuous activities such as jogging.
- When inside a private residence.
- When inside a private automobile.
- When inside any religious institution.
- When inside a hotel, motel, or commercial lodging establishment or apartment.
- Anyone who is hearing impaired or an individual communicating with someone who is hearing impaired.
- Persons swimming or engaged in activities which may cause the mask to become wet.
- While persons actively eating, drinking, or smoking
- While a person is receiving services which requires access to that person’s nose or mouth
What’s the Penalty for Violating This Emergency Order?
Current penalties for violating an emergency order are up to $500 and/or up to 180 days in jail.
As Florida becomes an epicenter for COVID-19 soar, some officials think this order is too little too late. Candidate for Miami-Dade Mayor, Danielle Levine Cava tweeted, “It shouldn’t take surging hospital rates and an emergency meeting to put this order in place. I am glad the County mayor moved on my morning’s call for this to happen as it brings uniformity to the county and ensures the public follows this critical health protocol.”
Other Miami-Dade Emergency Order Amendments Issued Within The Last Two Days
Closing Miami-Dade Pools During 4th of July Weekend
Amendment to Miami-Dade Emergency Order 25-20 requires require hotels, motels and commercial lodging establishments to do the following from Friday morning, July 3, 2020 through midnight Monday, July 6, 2020:
- close pools between the hours of 8 p.m. each night and 6 a.m. the next morning;
- limit the use of pools to guests staying in rooms at the establishment
- maintain overall capacity to 50 percent of the pool deck capacity
- not permit alcohol consumption or sales on pool decks prior to 11 a.m.
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Closing Restaurant On-Premise Dining Between Midnight and 6 am
Amendment to Miami-Dade Emergency Order 23-20 requires restaurants and other food service establishments to close for on-premises dining between 12:01 a.m. and 6 a.m.starting tonight, July 1, 2020 at midnight.
Are these orders enough to slow the surging cases of Covid-19 before our local hospitals are overwhelmed? We’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, wear your mask.