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COVID-19: Boca, Delray Restaurant Horror Stories As CDC Says Eating Inside Is Bad Idea

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Health Experts Say Eating In Restaurants Spreads COVID, But Boca, Delray Diners Refuse To Mask Up


BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Readers are sharing horror stories of belligerent restaurant guests converging on eateries in Boca Raton and Delray Beach. As “phase 3” got underway following the unexpected order by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, many apparently are packing restaurants acting as if COVID is over.

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The CDC earlier in September pointed to in-restaurant eating as a major source of COVID-19 spread.

“They refuse to wear masks,” said one area restaurant worker to BocaNewsNow.com. “We told them to leave and they wouldn’t. That’s what it’s come to. People demanding to be served in a restaurant and refusing to wear a mask while waiting for food.”

Adding to the problems, Gov. DeSantis told local communities that they may not fine those who refuse to wear masks, putting the burden solely on restaurant owners and employees who will be fined if code enforcement officers see guests without masks.

“The Governor probably thought he was doing something good,” said another restaurant worker, “but all he did was to create problems. We tell people to wear masks. They won’t. They also won’t leave. So then what are we supposed to do? Delray Beach Police are useless. They won’t enforce because according to the Governor, there is no crime being committed.”

There is such concern over the ambiguity of Gov. DeSantis’ order that the Palm Beach County School District was forced to initiate a robocall on Monday to more than 180,000 families, reminding them that mask use is required in all Palm Beach County School District facilities and buildings.

BocaNewsNow.com has learned that area municipalities are seeking a way to curb DeSantis’ orders — creating penalty systems other than fines for those who refuse to wear facial coverings in buildings, stores and restaurants.

“Right now the Palm Beach County order (to wear masks) is useless,” said the restaurant worker. “You’re telling people not to do something but there’s no penalty. It makes no sense.”

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