'Mask Mandate' Ordinance Definitions, Requirements, Exception, Enforcement

Section 1. Definitions.

Face Covering shall mean a uniform piece of material that securely covers a person’s

nose and mouth and remains affixed in place without the use of one’s hands. Types

of coverings include a face mask, homemade mask, or other covering, such as a scarf,

bandana, handkerchief, or other similar cloth covering or shields.

Social Distancing shall mean keeping space between yourself and other people by

staying at least six (6) feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.

Companion shall mean a person by whom you are accompanied.

Section 2. Face Coverings Required.

a. Every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in the City of St. Augustine

shall wear a face covering in any indoor location, other than their home or

residence, when not maintaining social distancing from other person(s), excluding

family members or companions.

b. Nothing herein shall require or allow a person to wear a face covering so as to

conceal the identity of the wearer in violation of Chapter 876, Florida Statutes.

c. All businesses are encouraged to prohibit entry of any person who is not wearing

a face covering with the exception of those below listed persons.

Section 3. Exceptions.

Nothing herein shall require the wearing of face coverings by the following people:

a. Persons under the age of two years; and

b. Persons observing social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines; and

c. Persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing

health condition; and

d. Persons working in a business or profession who do not have interactions with

other persons; and

e. Persons working in a business or profession who maintain social distancing from

another person; and

f. Persons working in a business or profession where use of a face covering would

prevent them from performing the duties of the business or profession; and

g. Persons exercising, while maintaining social distancing; and

h. Persons eating or drinking; and

i. Public safety, fire and other life safety and health care personnel, as their personal

protective equipment requirements will be governed by their respective agencies;


j. The requirement shall not apply when a person who is hearing impaired needs to

see the mouth of someone wearing a face covering in order to communicate; and

k. The requirement does not apply to any outdoor activity permitted under City,

County, or State order, but face coverings should be readily available when coming

within six (6) feet of an individual not part of a person’s immediate family or

cohabitating living unit.

Section 4. Enforcement.

Pursuant to Sec. 252.46, Florida Statutes, this Resolution shall have the full force and

effect of law, and pursuant to Chapter 2, Article VI, of the Code of the City of St.

Augustine, a violation of this Resolution shall be a non-criminal civil infraction,

enforceable under Chapter 2, Article VI, Division 2, of the City Code, which carries a

penalty of up to a $500.00 fine.

Section 5. Effective Date; Expiration Date.

a. This Resolution shall become effective on June 27, 2020, at 12:01 AM.

b. This Resolution shall remain in effect in the City of St. Augustine for so long as a

state of emergency is in effect or unless otherwise modified or repealed.


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