South Beach to issue $50 fines to those not wearing masks

by Peter Heck · Jul 1st, 2020 9:10 am

Last Updated Jul 1st, 2020 at 10:38 am

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.


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