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Miami Enforcing Mandatory Face Coverings with Dedicated Unit


Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez announced the updated mask order on July 1, requiring masks "in all public spaces inside and outdoors throughout Miami-Dade County." The order essentially expanded on his April mask order, requiring coverings to be worn outdoors "with few exceptions."

Penalties for non-compliance include up to $500 in fines or jail time.

City officials are now looking to ramp up enforcement, reportedly dedicating a team of 39 police officers to back the mandate, according to the Sun-Sentinel. The first three offenses will come with a fine of $50, $100, and $500 depending on if it was a first, second, or third violation. After that, the individual can face jail time.

Miami-Dade has been hit hardest by the virus, comprising roughly 24 percent of Florida's total cases, 25 percent of the state's overall coronavirus-related fatalities, and 22 percent of total hospitalizations. A Wednesday morning snapshot from the state's Agency for Health Care Administration showed that 2,011 are hospitalized in Miami-Dade with the "primary diagnosis" of the novel coronavirus, of 9,530 statewide.