MIAMI – June 26 – Failure to wear a mask in public places in Miami as of this Friday can be punished with fines of $ 50 to $ 500 by a decision of the municipal board, which seeks to stop the rebound in COVID-19 cases.
The rebound not only affects Miami but the entire state of Florida, where in the last two days the case count has grown to more than 10,000 and now stands at 114,018, with 3,327 deaths.
Florida counties and cities are divided between those who have made the use of facemasks mandatory and those who only recommend it or do not pronounce it.
Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican and faithful follower of Trump’s guidelines, has not issued an order to wear face masks for the entire state, arguing that the situation of the pandemic is not homogeneous in the territory.
“This is not about politics, but about keeping people safe and healthy,” Miami Mayor Francis Suarez wrote on Twitter regarding the mask ordinance.
Miami-Dade County, whose main city is Miami, is the main focus of COVID-19 in Florida, with 28,664 people infected as of this Thursday.
It is followed by Broward and Palm Beach, with 12,584 and 11,840, respectively, although in other counties the alerts are also starting to jump due to the increase in cases, such as Hillsborough and Orange, with figures higher than 6,000 in each one.
As approved by Miami commissioners Councilman, the first time a person is caught face-to-face in Miami will only be noticed. If she is seen a second time without a mask, she will be fined $ 50 and the amount will go up on successive occasions until she reaches $ 500.
Suarez, who declared the use of masks in Miami last Monday, recommended that the maximum penalty be $ 250, but the councilors raised it to $ 500.
“We are where we are,” DeSantis said Thursday to be asked when he will approve the passage of the state to the third and last phase of the reopening.
According to sources cited by different media, the initial date for the pass was July 4, the Independence Day of the United States, but it may be delayed due to the rise of infections.
Florida, a state whose economy heavily dependent on tourism has been battered by COVID-19, entered the second phase, with exceptions, on May 19 and the first in early May.