Florida Dept of Health issues additional public health advisory

Florida Dept of Health
Surgeon General
June 22, 2020

Editor’s Note:  Yesterday,  two people who have recently traveled on trips through many cities in the southeastern United States and beyond,  mentioned that Fernandina Beach had fewer people on the streets wearing masks than any other place they visit.  You have heard the mask message before, but Cornavirus is increasing in Nassau County.  Think of others, wear masks, and be careful out there. 


~Advises wearing masks in public, encourages elderly and vulnerable populations to limit interactions outside of the home, and urges all individuals to refrain from participating in gatherings of more than 50 people~

Today, the Florida Department of Health (Department) issued an additional Public Health Advisory in response to COVID-19, providing recommendations to protect Floridians and visitors from this virus. This advisory is in addition to steps that the Department has taken to increase mitigation measures, including the purchase of 20 million cloth masks, which are actively being distributed statewide. Today, Governor DeSantis also directed the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation to increase inspections to ensure that businesses are adhering to applicable Phase 1 and Phase 2 guidance.

The Public Health Advisory provides the following recommendations:

All individuals in Florida should wear masks in any setting where social distancing is not possible, unless any of the following apply:
A child is under two years of age;
An individual has one or more medical conditions or disabilities that prevent wearing a face covering;
An individual is obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service;
An individual works in a profession where use of a face covering will not be compatible with the duties of the profession; or
An individual is engaged in outdoor work or recreation with appropriate social distancing in place.
All individuals over the age of 65 and all individuals of any age with high-risk health conditions should limit personal interactions outside of the home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
All individuals should refrain from participation in social or recreational gatherings of more than 50 people. For all gatherings of fewer than 50 people, individuals should practice social distancing by maintaining a distance of at least six feet from each other and wearing a face covering.

This is a reinforcement of the previously issued advisory as well as direction that has been provided in the task force report for a Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery.

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Tammy Brandl
Tammy Brandl (@guest_57996)
3 years ago

A majority of locals on Fernandina Beach/Amelia Island are adhering to wearing masks. On the other hand visitors to our island are NOT wearing mask. I live in a community where we have short term rentals and we are inundated with tourist and not a mask is seen. I guess it’s ok, at least to some as they value the income that their rentals produce for them. They don’t have to worry about Covid-19 as most don’t even live here. Fernandina should be preparing for a huge uptick in positive Covid-19 cases due to these unmasked visitors….

Perry Anthony
Perry Anthony (@guest_58036)
3 years ago

New Yorkers clearly brought Covid-19 with them here (I personally witnessed it) in the early stages of the pandemic. Now, with Gil Langley’s help, tourist from highly-infected states are flocking here to Amelia Island, again bringing Covid-19 with them. And the majority of these people don’t wear masks!!!