Miami-Dade County reportedly has a 33.5 percent coronavirus positivity rate—that is 1-out-of-3 people test positive for the coronavirus across the entire county—so county officials are taking action.
In a statement released just ahead of the weekend, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners said they would be implementing “New Normal Guidelines.”
The new guidelines mandate residents to wear a personal protective face mask or covering—or face a penalty of $100.
“The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance sponsored by District 4 Commissioner Sally Heyman that makes failure to comply with Emergency Orders a civil offense, subject to a $100 fine,” the county said according to The Daily Caller.
This order is immediately enforceable, the Miami-Dade police department said on Twitter.
Effective immediately, civil citations can be issued to individuals or businesses for violations of any Emergency Order. Let’s work together to keep #OurCounty safe. For more information on the Mayor's emergency orders, please visit: https://t.co/lhd8ehKhpI pic.twitter.com/36Qn6vLjBL
— Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) July 16, 2020
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez praised the “New Normal Guidelines” as a targeted effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
“This ordinance gives our County a new two-pronged approach to ensuring that everyone is following the New Normal rules so that we can more effectively tamp down the spread of COVID-19,” he said.
The Daily Caller adds:
Florida reported more than 11,400 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the state’s total to over 327,000, according to local outlet NBC 6 South Florida. Miami-Dade County reported 2,442 new cases Friday, bringing the county’s total to 77,867.
Despite the spike in Florida’s case count, Governor Ron DeSantis has not enforced a state-wide mask mandate.
“Governor DeSantis believes in a bottom up decision making process and not from the top down,” the governor’s press office told Newsweek in a statement Thursday. “The needs of each community may differ, a cookie cutter approach does not work in a diverse state such as Florida, and he supports all local efforts to defeat this virus.”