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Face Mask Mandate
Beach County issued an emergency order mandating masks
in public places starting Thursday June 25, 2020
by Hannah Morse /
The Palm Beach Post
In an effort to curb the growing number of coronavirus
cases, county officials made wearing a facial covering
obligatory inside buildings where the public is welcome,
and outdoors when physical distancing is impossible,
Masks can come off while eating, drinking or exercising.
As soon as that’s done, back on the mask goes.
Restaurant? Mask. Grocery store? Mask. Your Uber or Lyft?
Mask. Any business or establishment that is currently
allowed to operate? Mask. Employees also must wear masks
when interacting with the public.
Masks had been already obligatory in county-owned
buildings and on Palm Tran buses. This order applies to
all of Palm Beach County’s 39 municipalities, too.
The mandate is relaxed for people who can maintain a
safe distance from others in parks and other outdoor
Anyone who does not comply with the mandate won’t be met
with jail time, but may face a $250 fine for the first
offense and a $500 fine for a second offense and beyond.
County Mayor Dave Kerner said people won’t automatically
be served fines if spotted violating the order.
“Our goal is to educate, educate, educate,” he said.
The emergency order lists a number of exemptions,
Children ages 2 and under
Children at a childcare or daycare facility
People who are prohibited from wearing facial
coverings by federal or state safety regulations
Public safety personnel that have personal
People exercising or maintaining physical
distancing, according to CDC guidelines
People receiving goods or services in a short period
of time, such as eating, drinking, facial grooming,
People with medical conditions where mask-wearing is
unsafe, including asthma, COPD or other conditions
People whose religious beliefs conflict with wearing
People who need to help someone who is hearing
impaired or must read lips to communicate.
also established a mechanism for residents to report a
violation or seek information about the mask mandate by
calling 561-24COVID or emailing
The mandate came more than 24 hours after an at-times
contentious meeting Tuesday when county commissioners
unanimously supported a mask mandate. Opponents to the
mask mandate believed it violated their rights and would
be more harmful to their health than helpful.