After a day of announcements of stronger measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, Miami-Dade County announced that Mayor Carlos Giménez will sign an emergency order on Wednesday expanding the pre-existing order for the use of facial covers, for now require it in public spaces.
“After consulting with the CEOs of South Florida hospitals and the Secretary of the Florida Health Administration Agency, Mary Mayhew, this afternoon, I have decided to issue an emergency order requiring masks in all public spaces within and outside, throughout Miami-Dade County, ”said the statement sent to the media Wednesday afternoon.
The statement indicates that the mayor will sign the order on Wednesday night.
Moments after the mayor’s statement, Broward County issued its own order requiring the same, but with the difference that it requires them outside “when social distancing is not possible” while Miami-Dade requires it now at all times.
The move comes a week after the mayors of various County cities announced they would issue orders mandating the same. In Miami and Miami Beach, if you do not wear a mask you could face fines of up to $ 50 in Miami Beach and up to $ 500 in the city of Miami for repeat offenders.
“Although masks have not been required in unincorporated areas of the County because there is more open space, I have made the decision to now require facial covers throughout the county, in an effort to help our hospitals operate with enough staff to care for all patients, ”says the statement.
The statement announced that the order will indicate that the masks “are always used outdoors with few exceptions.” The people excluded according to the statement will be people with respiratory conditions that make it difficult to cover their mouth and nose, people who perform strenuous activities, such as jogging, and children under 2 years of age.
On Tuesday night, the mayor issued an order not to eat in restaurants from 12:01 am to 6:00 am. After 12:00 am, alcohol cannot be consumed in any establishment.
The city of Miami Beach took a stronger step and re-established the curfew starting at midnight, and will not allow alcohol sales in stores after 8:00 pm
Last Friday, Giménez issued an order to limit the congregation of people during the holiday weekend. From July 3 to 7 the beaches and parks will be closed. This Wednesday the mayor added to that same order the closing of swimming pools in hotels after 8 pm and established a schedule limiting alcohol purchases in the pool areas.
During an emergency meeting on Wednesday morning, the mayor did not remove from the table the possibility of closing more businesses and spaces if the numbers of cases and hospitalizations for coronavirus continue to rise. For over a week, the number of hospitalizations in the county has broken records every day. Wednesday the county report, called ‘New Normal Dashboard”Indicated that 1,298 people were hospitalized in the county.
Filled by a new wave of COVID-19 patients, Miami’s Jackson Health System announced Wednesday that it will limit non-emergency surgeries starting next week.
The mayor said more closings would be “devastating”, adding that if residents follow the rules and new measures, the numbers should be controlled.
In the statement, the mayor pleaded with residents to follow the rules.
“Do it for your family, your friends, your community, if not for yourself,” said Giménez, adding that the pandemic “has no borders or age limits. It is attacking the younger people, who are ending up in the hospital. ”