Mayor of Miami Beach Dan Gelber has announced that beginning on Tuesday, citizens who are not wearing a facial covering can be fined up to $50. The rule applies indoors and outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be properly observed.
Gelber said a $50 fine will be imposed for a second violation, following an initial verbal warning.
The rules in South Beach are slightly less punitive than those across the bay. There, citizens are required to wear a mask at all times unless they are exercising, eating, or working outside. Fines for violations there begin at $50, but quickly increase to $500 for a third offense.
Gelber said residents forced the city's hand by not complying with current mask rules amid a sudden spike in the state's COVID-19 cases.
"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," he said in a statement.