CORONAVIRUS: Expect Mask Requirement By End Of Week, Fines, Jail Possible

Florida Covid-19 News


Florida Covid-19 News

UPDATE June 23, 2020: MASKS ARE NOW MANDATORY. Read today’s coverage.

BOCA RATON, FL ( — It’s not a done deal yet but after debate Tuesday and a vote Tuesday or Wednesday, it seems to be more likely than not a Palm Beach County facial covering order is imminent.

Several Palm Beach County Commissioners have indicated they support for an order as COVID-19 cases in Palm Beach County continue to surge and Florida cases set records almost daily.

If passed, an order would require facial coverings in every public building in Palm Beach County. Public buildings are described as places where the public may enter, like supermarkets, malls and retail locations. There is a current mask order in place for all Palm Beach County government locations — the proposed order would broadly include every building in Palm Beach County.

Violations could bring fines of $500 or 30 days in jail.

Palm Beach County on Friday announced the creation of the Education Compliance Team — a group of officials and police officers from jurisdiction countywide charged with reminding violators why they need to follow the orders, the issuing citations or executing arrests if violators continue to violate.

The discussion is set for Tuesday. A vote is expected a short time later.

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