City Mandates Facial Coverings in Public; Civil Penalties Approved
Published on June 25, 2020
The City of Miami issued an emergency order mandating facial coverings be worn in public at all times and until further notice, with limited and specific exceptions. Additionally, the Miami City Commission today approved an emergency ordinance allowing the City to issue noncriminal civil infractions to individuals or properties who violate the face covering order, effective immediately. The moves come as the number of COVID-19 cases across the city and state continues to grow.
"With the number of COVID-19 cases in our community growing, every single Miamian must step up and do their part to reverse this surge by wearing face coverings whenever they're in public spaces," said Miami City Manager Art Noriega. "We must all help slow the spread of COVID-19, and the civil infractions that were approved today illustrate the serious situation we find ourselves in. The City is committed to providing free masks to those Miamians who don't have one to keep our residents safe."
The civil infraction ordinance approved today calls for violators of the facial covering emergency order to be issued a verbal warning for first offenses. Notably, City personnel will provide first-time offenders who do not have a mask with a free mask. A second offense would result in a $50 fine, and a third offense would result in a promise to appear in court. The Miami Police Department and Department of Code Enforcement will enforce the new order.
Per the emergency order issued today regarding facial coverings, all persons in the City of Miami, whether they are residents, visitors or in the city for work, are required to wear a facial covering at all times while in any public space. Specific exceptions to the order are as follows:
- A child under two years of age;
- An individual who is engaged in outdoor work or exercising with appropriate social distancing in place;
- An individual who has one or more medical conditions or disabilities that prevent wearing a Facial Covering;
- An individual who is obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the Facial Covering is necessary to perform the service;
- An individual who works in a profession where use of a Facial Covering will not be compatible with the duties of the profession;
- An individual who is eating or drinking; and
- An individual who is hearing-impaired or an individual who is communicating with an individual who is hearing-impaired.
The full facial covering order and notice follow below.
Emergency Order No. 20-16(PDF, 2MB)