Palm Beach County’s Face Mask Order Takes Effect Thursday

first_img-Violators can be fined $250 for the first violation and $500 for each additional violation. Unlike Miami-Dade and Broward counties, the county’s order does not make any mention of jail.-The draft ordinance also does not include penalties for businesses that fail to comply, but they still must follow state orders.“The county’s emphasis will be education, education, education,” said Mayor Dave Kerner. “Wearing a mask is an act of kindness” to protect people around you, he said.The Florida Department of Health reported on Wednesday that 109,014 people statewide have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began.Palm Beach County had 356 new cases reported Wednesday, bringing its total to 11,536 cases. In addition 495 people have died in the county as a result of the virus.Medical officials told commissioners on Tuesday that facial coverings are not dangerous to people wearing them, and could prevent someone who is unaware they have the virus from infecting others. People in Palm Beach County will be required to wear masks in public beginning on Thursday morning.The rules, which the county commission approved unanimously on Tuesday, will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.The county’s attorney was still reviewing an order outlining the requirements late Wednesday. However, these are the major points:-Facial coverings must be worn indoors, including stores and restaurants, and they must be worn outdoors where social distancing is not possible.-Plastic facial shields, without masks, are permitted.-There are exemptions for people with a medical condition such as asthma; people who are exercising and still social distancing; while eating and drinking; and for children under age 2.last_img

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