Skyrocketing COVID-19 case numbers brought a similar response in Broward County as they did in Miami-Dade: broadening of mask-wearing requirements and cutting overnight restaurant’s overnight hours.
Emergency Order 20-20, which goes into effect at 11:50 p.m. Thursday, says people outside their home have to wear “facial covering in public spaces” if social distancing of six feet can’t be maintained. That includes all workers in a business or amenity, all customers in a business and anybody in the common areas of condominiums, apartment buildings and complexes.
“It is proven that wearing facial coverings slows the spread of COVID-19,” Broward County Mayor Dale V.C. Holness said in a statement. “We must all take personal responsibility to stop further spread of this virus and end this pandemic. Please follow the orders and the CDC guidelines.”
The facial covering has to cover your nose and mouth. Your mask can be off while getting the hair done, professional facial grooming, drinking and eating.
As for those last two, for now, there’s no late night pondering the meaning of life over hash browns at Waffle House or Denny’s in Broward County. Establishments can’t serve alcohol for immediate drinking or have dining rooms open from 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m.
Restaurants along Las Olas and the Fort Lauderdale beach areas got the idea the county wasn’t playing about re-opening regulations when several establishments got shut down and/or fined last weekend.
The state of Florida reported 10,109 new confirmed novel coronavirus cases Thursday, 961 of which were in Broward County. Broward’s 17,116 known cases run second in the state behind Miami-Dade’s 40,265.