Broward County, Miami-Dade County Make Major Announcements.
Palm Beach County, Where Mayor Often Photographed With Governor DeSantis, Does Nothing.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — While Palm Beach County officials remain noticeably silent as COVID-19 infection rates surge to nearly record-high levels, area communities are reinstating mask mandates. If you are heading to Miami-Dade county, note that a mask mandate is again in effect.
Miami-Dade Mayor Danielle Levine-Cava made this announcement late Wednesday night:
“Effective immediately, masks will be required again at all indoor Miami-Dade County facilities for employees & for visitors.
We strongly recommend everyone wear masks in public settings, especially large crowds or closed spaces and around people you don’t know to be vaccinated.
We can’t do this alone — we are calling on all Miami-Dade businesses to step up once more and help us protect our community with smart COVID policies in your own workplaces and by encouraging your employees to get vaccinated.
We are also moving swiftly to reinstate daily hospital reporting requirements, to ensure we’re once again tracking all key data. Additionally, we’ll be convening our local university presidents ahead of back to school to address key COVID safety precautions and vaccination plans.
The facts are clear: The vast majority of those who are now ending up in the hospital due to COVID-19 are unvaccinated, and many are otherwise healthy young people in their 20s, 30s and 40s.
We have come too far and sacrificed too much to turn back now. Our economy is just beginning to rebound and it’s essential that we build on the progress we have made. We all must do our part to control the spread and to keep our loved ones safe and our community moving forward.“
In Broward County, the school board voted to reinstate a mask mandate when students return for the 2021-2022 school year in just a few weeks.
At Disney World in Orlando, all visitors are now required to wear masks indoors.
In Palm Beach County, Mayor David Kerner has said nothing publicly. There have been no community advisories. He has not held a news conference in months.
The Palm Beach County School Board, which met for a workshop on Wednesday, also took no action on mandatory masks as parents call for reinstatement of a mandatory masking policy. The current policy says masks are “optional.” While there continues to be what can best be described as “bizarre” opposition to student masking from anti-vaxers citing incorrect data, a growing group of teachers and parents is calling for a return to mandatory masking once the school year begins.
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