If citizens are unwilling to don the fashionable accessory in Miami beach, then not wearing a mask in Miami may cost you $50 beginning Tuesday.
As states and regions begin to reopen the economy, and testing is increased, there has been a significant increase in total confirmed cases.
The mayor of Miami Beach announced Monday that fines will begin to be issued to those who do not abide by the new face mask requirement. Starting Tuesday, the new order will require facial coverings indoors and outside if social distancing cannot be observed.
This requirement is relatively more relaxed compared to the city of Miami. The neighbors across the bay are required to use masks at all times in public except for when exercising, eating, or working outdoors.
The first violation of the Miami Beach order may earn you a verbal warning, and subsequent violations will result in a $50 fine. This is much less compared to the penalties in Miami, which starts at $50 but increases up to $500 for a third violation.
“We 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,” said Mayor Dan Gelber.
Dr. Aileen Marty, an infectious diseases expert at Florida International University, said: “Considering the current state of the pandemic in our community, our population, and enforcement issues, I favor requiring the proper use of facial coverings outdoors and indoors in all public places at all times, with the usual, reasonable exemptions,” Marty wrote in an email to the City Manager on Saturday.
Anthony Fauci testified to a Senate committee today and said, “I’m very concerned and not satisfied with what’s going on because we’re going in the wrong direction.” He said that he would “not be surprised” if the United States begins to report as much as 100,000 new COVID-19 cases per day.
“I can’t make an accurate prediction, but it is going to be very disturbing. I will guarantee you that, because when you have an outbreak in one part of the country, even though in other parts of the country they’re doing well, they are vulnerable. I made that point very clearly last week at a press conference. We can’t just focus on those areas that are having the surge. It puts the entire country at risk,” said Dr. Fauci.
He continued: “We are now having 40,000+ new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around. And so I’m very concerned.”
As of writing this article, new COVID-19 cases in Florida have increased by more than 6,000 cases since Monday. Floridians in the 25-34 age group account for the largest percentage of new COVID-19 cases in the state of Florida.