The City of Miami as joining a number of other cities in Miami-Dade in implementing a rule requiring the wearing of facial coverings in public spaces.
At a news conference for the Miami-Dade County League of Cities Mayor's Coalition Monday, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said the new mask rule was in response to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases.
"Without a doubt, enforcement will be a challenge," Suarez said.
Aventura, Hialeah, Miami Gardens, and North Miami Beach are all implementing the new rule.
Suarez said the city will also be delaying any potential phase 3 reopenings, which includes movie theaters, night clubs, and large venues.
In Miami-Dade, officials have been cracking down on businesses not following rules restricting capacity and requiring the use of masks. The county conducted more than 10,000 checks and issued warnings to 45 businesses for minor violations.
Police in the city of Miami this past weekend shut down two restaurants in the city’s artsy neighborhoods of Wynwood and Design District and another one in Little Havana. County officials said the owners of businesses not complying with the rules may face a $500 fine and up to 180 days in jail.