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Miami-Dade Now Fining People $100 for Not Wearing a Mask


Have you noticed something about this whole C-19 and mask issue?

I have.

I've noticed that the goals keep changing….

Goal posts keep getting pushed out further.

Initially it was just "flatten the curve".

That morphed into stop all deaths.  

That turned into a wear a mask for the greater good to stop the virus quicker!

And soon it will turn into wear a mask for the greater good….forever!  Let's stop ALL viruses!  

Think that's crazy?

It's already happening in Asia.

And they just increased the stakes here in America in none other than the infamous Miami-Dade.

Take a look:

From the local Sun Sentinel:

Packed protests and parties. People refusing to wear masks or socially distance. Young people who have not heeded the warnings.

The public has been irresponsible, making the number of new coronavirus cases keep skyrocketing across South Florida, medical experts said Monday in a meeting with Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez. The mayor says there won’t be any more shutdowns for now, but said the county this week will consider starting to fine those who don’t wear masks outside.

Gimenez said an item will be proposed to county commissioners that would allow civil citations to be issued for violating emergency orders, making it easier for inspectors to give tickets and close businesses.

“I think we need to send the message,” Gimenez said. “And that’s why we’re asking for that tool that makes it easy to send that message, so you get a $50 ticket when you’re not wearing a mask outdoors.”

Florida reported another milestone with a new one-day high on Sunday of 15,300 coronavirus cases, breaking both all state and national records since the start of the pandemic. Gimenez and the medical experts were reminding the public that everyone has to follow the county’s rules to curb the spread of the virus.

From protests to parties, people not following social distancing rules are to blame for the spike in numbers, officials said.

A week after he began to shut the doors for restaurants and other indoor spaces, Gimenez said he has no further plans to shut businesses down as of Monday. But he warned things could change.

Over the course of 10 days, Gimenez said he will monitor the numbers to see how effective his partial shutdown may be in reducing the positive numbers.

“We’re not there yet, but everything is on the table,” Gimenez said. “The simple act of just closing indoor dining room spaces has caused great controversy, and unfortunately it did. But there is no question that it was a necessary step.”

Cracking down on those not following the orders is paramount, Gimenez said. On Sunday, the Miami-Dade Police Department conducted 6,000 inspections to ensure businesses are adhering to the rules.

Gimenez said he hoped the new code-enforcement item would pass Thursday, when the commission is set to hold a special meeting, and would take 10 days to take effect. The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners’ meeting will have a public hearing and second reading for the ordinance Thursday morning.

“And then we would be able to do a better job of enforcing the regulations and the rules that we have in place,” Gimenez said. “Right now, it takes a police officer to do that because it’s a criminal act.”

He encouraged citizens to call 305-4-POLICE to report any businesses that are violating the rules.

The virus is spreading through minuscule droplets in the air when people breathe, so the virus spreads rampantly in indoor spaces such as restaurants, said Dr. Aileen Marty, an infectious diseases specialist at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

Marty said there is a need for increased testing, contract tracers and faster test results, but the public’s perception of the virus has to change, too. People have not taken it seriously, she said.

“They have not wanted to wear a mask, way too many people. And they have been in those closed spaces without doing the appropriate precautions; that’s the main reason we are where we are,” Marty said.

As Florida reported another 12,624 cases of the virus Monday, another looming challenge is how to balance keeping businesses open with slowing the virus’s spread, said Dr. Lillian Abbo, an infectious diseases specialist at University of Miami Health System.

“We’re just not repeating the same thing over and over just to give you trouble,” Abbo said. “We really need your help. Miami is now the epicenter of the pandemic. What we were seeing in Wuhan six months ago, five months ago, now we are there.”

The infection rate between May 31 and June 7 was below 10%, said Dr. Samir Elmir, the director of the Division of Environmental Health and Engineering of the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County. From June 7 to June 28, the rate spiked to over 20%.

CNN confirms:

Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida and the current epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, could fine residents up to $100 if they fail to comply with its mask requirement.

The county, which is the seventh most populous county in the US at over 2.7 million residents, started this week fining residents who don't wear masks in public spaces indoors and outside. Police and code enforcement officers issue the tickets.

The mandate is part of the county's "New Normal Guidelines," which in May allowed some businesses to reopen but now include stricter measures like the mask mandate and some restaurant closures. Previously, fines were possible only for infractions that took place within a commercial business. Those fines could run up to $500 and land violators up to 180 days in jail.

Several Florida cities and counties are imposing stricter coronavirus guidelines after Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has refused to mandate masks statewide or pause the state's reopening plan. Florida's coronavirus outbreak has ballooned since the start of the summer, with over 316,000 cases and over 4,600 confirmed deaths.
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Failure to follow the city of Tampa's mask mandate could result in a fine up to $500. Leon and Orange counties, where state capital Tallahassee and Orlando are located, respectively, have also imposed mask requirements.

The city of Jacksonville, which will soon host a pared-down Republican National Convention, has also mandated masks in public. The convention was moved in the spring from Charlotte, North Carolina, after the state's Democratic governor insisted on safety protocols including social distancing and mask-wearing, which President Donald Trump was unwilling to accept at the time.

Trump has repeatedly flouted coronavirus social distancing guidelines and has only been photographed in a mask in public once, last week during a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, after months of expressing doubt in the efficacy of masks.


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