City Mandates that Masks Be Worn in Retail Stores, Construction Sites

Published on April 08, 2020

COVID-19 Updates

The City of Miami has mandated all employees and customers in grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies and convenience stores to wear masks at all times while on premises, effective today, April 8, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Importantly, the citywide order to wear masks extends to those performing construction work on job sites, as well as food delivery workers.

Masks must cover both the nose and mouth, and include the following: face masks, and homemade masks such as scarves, bandanas, handkerchiefs or other cloth coverings. To the extent possible, individuals should refrain from using N95 respirators and surgical masks, which are in short supply and should be reserved for frontline medical personnel and first responders. 

The new order is being implemented under the City's broader emergency order, which was issued on March 12, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and applies within City of Miami limits. Other essential retail establishments, as defined by Miami-Dade County Emergency Order 07-20, are strongly encouraged to voluntarily abide by this order. 

To reiterate, masks must be worn at all times by both employees and customers in the following categories, until further notice:

  • Grocery stores
  • Restaurants
  • Pharmacies
  • Construction sites
  • Convenience stores
  • Retail food facilities
  • Food delivery services

The full emergency order and Notice of Order follow below. For updates on the City of Miami’s ongoing response to COVID-19 coronavirus, please visit

Local Emergency Measure Implemented by the City Manager(PDF, 2MB)

Amended Notice of Local ER Measures Masks(PDF, 917KB)