Martin County orders masks to be worn

Commissioners order restaurant employees, others, to wear masks

JUNE 21, 2020 | 2 P.M. | MARTIN COUNTY–The county commissioners ordered that restaurant employees and other workers that come in contact with the public must wear masks when working.

The order came Friday and took effect immediately after the number of COVID-19 in the county went up from previous days and weeks.

The order states: “All persons working in restaurants, grocery stores, food service, any retail establishments, businesses open to the public or any other locations visited by the public where social distancing is not possible within incorporated and unincorporated Martin County shall wear face coverings.

“All other persons physically present in any public place in Martin County are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings.

“A face covering includes any covering which snugly covers the nose and mouth, whether store-bought or homemade, and which is secured in place. Persons who wear masks should review the CDC and Florida Department of Health guidelines regarding properly and safely applying, removing and cleaning masks.

“Medical and surgical masks, such as N95 masks or other similar medical surgical masks, should be reserved for health care personnel, police, fire fighters, emergency management and other first responders engaged in life/safety activities.

“A face covering shall not be required for persons who have trouble breathing due to a chronic pre-existing condition.”

The commissioners said that if the number of cases continues to go up, making masks mandatory for the public may be considered.

The Martin County order comes shortly two days before Shuckers Restaurant on Hutchinson Island announced that at least one of their employees tested positive for COVID-19 and temporarily closed their doors.

In Monroe County, where they have jurisdiction for all the Florida Keys, their commissioners mandated masks to be worn by the public and employees at business establishments until June 1, 2021.

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