Several cities across South Florida joined the growing list of locations requiring essential workers and customers to wear masks during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
A mask - which includes a face mask, homemade mask, or cloth covering with a scarf, bandana, handkerchief, or any other type of cloth covering - should cover the nose and mouth.
Officials have urged residents to avoid using N95 respirators and reserve them for healthcare workers.
Masks or facial coverings are required in these cities:
- Miami Beach
- Key West
- Cutler Bay
- North Miami Beach
- North Miami
- Hallandale Beach
- Miami Gardens
Masks or facial coverings are strongly urged in these cities:
- Oakland Park
Thursday, Hallandale Beach joined both North Miami and North Miami Beach in signing orders, while Miramar updated its previous order from earlier this week to start on April 13th.
The mayor of Miami Gardens also issued an order effective on April 11th at midnight, and Tamarac's city manager issued another order "strongly urging" residents and visitors to use cloth face coverings while using essential services or engaging in essential activities, effective immediately.
The city of Miami issued a measure Wednesday ordering all people at grocery stores, construction sites and more to wear face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The order states all employees and customers at grocery stores, pharmacies, retail food facilities and restaurants should wear a mask at all times. The order also applies to people performing construction on job sites.
The order went into effect at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.
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Last week, the city of Miami Beach issued a similar order while Aventura, Key West and Cutler Bay issued orders this week. Oakland Park and Plantation have not signed anything at this point but are encouraging residents to do so.