St. Lucie commissioners approve ordinance requiring certain workers to wear masks
St Lucie, Fl (treasurecoast.com)- St. Lucie County commissioners approved 4-1 an ordinance that requires employees in certain businesses to wear a mask and strongly recommends, but not requires, the general public to wear a mask.
The County Administrator had already issued an executive order requiring that anyone entering a county managed facility, like offices, libraries and attractions, must wear a mask. That order took effect June 29.
The order states that all people working in restaurants, grocery stores, food service, salons, gyms, any retail establishments, or businesses open to the public or any other locations visited by the public, where social distancing is not possible, must wear a mask. Those who don’t comply with the ordinance can face a civil citation; the first offense is a $35 fine, the second is a $62.50 fine and the third is $125.
Below is a list of those exempt from the order:
- Kids under two years old
- People observing social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines
- Those with existing health condition or disability that prevent them from wearing a face covering
- People working in a business or profession who do not have to interact with other people
- Those working in a business or profession where using a face covering would prevent them from performing the duties of the business or profession
- Anyone exercising while maintaining social distancing
- People eating or drinking
- Public safety, fire and other life safety and health care personnel, as their personal protective equipment requirements will be governed by their respective agencies
- Someone who is hearing-impaired and needs to see the mouth of someone wearing a face covering in order to communicate
County officials say a proper mask includes any covering which snugly covers the nose and mouth, whether store bought homemade, and which is secured in place. Residents are encouraged to review the Center for Disease Control and Florida Department of Health guidelines regarding properly and safely applying, removing, and cleaning masks. However, commissioners say this doesn’t apply to people who work outside, such as construction workers.
Medical and surgical masks, such as N95 masks or other similar medical surgical masks, should be reserved for health care personnel, police, firefighters and emergency management.