Man and woman drinking Milkshake with face mask

Covid-19 in Miami Beach: Mask or $50 fine

Face masks are now mandatory not only in Miami but also in Miami Beach, the city mayor Francis Suarez has stated that not wearing facial covering could cost you $50. Could this measure be applied to every city in the United States? Read the following article for more.

By  Pam Loureiro
  • The city’s COVID-19 advisory panel, comprised of health experts in Florida and beyond, agreed that pushing for more mask use was one way the city could contain the spread of the virus.
  • Dr Kenneth Ratzan, the chief of infectious diseases at Mount Sinai Medical Center,  the largest independent non-profit hospital in Florida, said that if the current surge isn’t halted we can expect our hospitals to be stressed, and deaths will increase.

Over the weekend, there were approximately 30,000 new coronavirus infections. This has caused concern to local and state officials and it appears that Florida could be the new virus epicenter.

The Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has decided to officially close off all beaches from July 2nd to July 7th in hopes of lowering or slowing down the spread and to avoid crowded places to multiple gathering over the holiday. Not wearing a mask in South Beach will cost you $50. The Mayor of Miami Beach, Francis Suarez, has issues and announcement on June 29th “Residents who ignore rules requiring the use of facial coverings indoors and outside if the social distancing cannot be observed.

Sinai Hospital View in Miami. Source: MediTravel

The rising numbers of hospitalizations in Miami-Dade and Broward County have caused the city to shut down bars, restaurants, beaches and local parks. Miami Beach residence is now obligated to utilize facial masks in public except when exercising or working outdoors.

Local officials have said they would give out warnings before fining residents if they fail to follow orders, violating this rule the first time will earn you a verbal warning, a second warning will lead you to a $50 fine. If one still ignores the new requirements you fine will be increased to $500 after your third offence. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber stated that they “don’t have too many tools left in our tool kit, and we don’t want to be forced to return to a shelter-in-place order that proved so economically devastating”. The bright side of this new enforcement is that imposing fines will get a lot of people’s attention and hopefully Miami residents will be more conscious.

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