Masks Still Required in South Florida: No more fines, but coronavirus mask mandates still exist

Rossen Law Firm's Criminal Defense team is wearing masks and holding a sign that says This may come as a surprise to some, but masks are still required in parts of South Florida.

 

Yes, Gov. DeSantis took away the penalty of getting fined for not wearing a mask when and where required to help curb the spread of coronavirus in areas like Miami and Fort Lauderdale -- But, that doesn’t mean he took away the requirement. 

 

People who refuse to wear a mask may no longer be fined, but they can’t put the masks away just yet. 

 

Due to all of the ever changing news on mask mandates, emergency orders and more, we’re here to help do our part in keeping you informed. 

 

Miami Beach Police Department gave out a total of nearly $14,500 in fines earlier this summer, according to NBC Miami. Miami-Dade county also gave out fines to more than 250 people.

 

While Miami-Dade county is getting more relaxed on COVID-19 restrictions, the mask mandate is not easing up. Miami-Dade County is going to continue to give out educational citations for not wearing masks, unless there is further ruling from DeSantis. 

 

“They [officers] are going to be approaching, making sure that everybody is wearing a mask out in public as directed by the emergency order and siding those in individuals that are in violation,” said Miami Police Assistant Chief Manny Morales according to NBC MiamiIf possible, Miami Police Assistant Chief Morales says fines may still be part of the violations.

 

In Fort Lauderdale, "all facial covering requirements ... remain in full force," according to the Fort Lauderdale government website. All employees and patrons of businesses are required to wear facial coverings - including restaurants when a person is not actively eating or drinking.
Businesses in Fort Lauderdale found not complying with face mask regulations are "subject to enforcement as a civil violation, including the imposition of fines against the offending business or establishments." Find the entire emergency delclaration here.  

 

Another 1,868 cases were reported in Florida Monday, Oct. 5. The day before, 1,844 cases and Oct. 1 had more than 2,600 new cases reported. 

 

As of Oct. 5, there have been 716,000 Covid-19 cases in Florida. Nearly 15,000 people in Florida have died from Covid-19.

 

In South Florida, these are the local numbers (As of Oct. 5) : 

 

Covid-19 has had a significant toll on South Florida. This is an infographic that shows the number of COVID-19 cases in broward County, palm beach county, or miami-dade county. The infographic shows cases and deaths in south florida as the coronavirus pandemic rages on.

Are South Florida Mask Mandates Unconstitutional?

Practically everyone has an opinion on whether or not we should be required to wear masks in light of COVID-19 and the Coronavirus Pandemic. But the law on whether or not mask mandates are unconstitutional is pretty clear: Mask requirements are NOT unconstitutional.

 

Check out a recent blog HERE to learn more about why mask mandates do not violate your first amendment rights. 

 

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Are you or a loved one in Jail or Prison?

If you or a loved one are in jail or prison, reach out to find out if we can help you or your loved one get a  “compassionate release” to get out of prison or jail early due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

 

Thousands of low-risk federal inmates have been released from jails and prisons across numerous states and counties as the coronavirus continues to run rampant. Inmates particularly at risk of catching the coronavirus - such as the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions are more likely to be released 

 

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Update: Broward voters will face the cops if they refuse to wear masks (or become unruly)

After a bit of back and forth - turns out people WILL need masks to vote in Broward County. People without masks will not be able to vote in Broward County, Florida; according to the Sun Sentinel.

Broward's Election Chief said that police will be able to remove troublemakers from the polling sites if they're causing an issue by not wearing a mask, or if they're trying to intimidate other voters. If someone refuses to put a mask on to vote, BSO deputies already have pre-granted permission to remove that person from the polls.

Anyone who is "disruptive and unruly" can be removed from polling sites by Broward Sheriff's Office.

Broward's mask mandate remains in effect, requiring anyone in public to wear a mask to help curb the spread of coronavirus.

Find more voter information at your counties' Supervisor of Elections website!
Palm Beach: https://bit.ly/3dRGodb  
Broward: https://bit.ly/2LfEqIz 
Miami-Dade: https://bit.ly/2Hj50PK 

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