By Cindy Jackson
July 1, 2020
At a special meeting of the Board of County Commissioners earlier today (July 1, 2020) and after a conference call with health officials, city officials and business leaders, it was decided an ordinance would be drafted to encourage all residents to wear masks when in a public place.
Martin County, Florida, issued an Emergency Order on June 19th, 2020, which 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 copy of Martin County’s ordinance in its entirety can be found here: https://www.martin.fl.us/resources/martin-county-emergency-order-20-11
The BOCC thought the Martin County approach was a good one and County Attorney Mike Mullin was tasked with drafting a similar executive order. City Manager Dale Martin was in on the conference call and stated that a special meeting of the City Commission would be called for tomorrow afternoon.
Noting that the line of demarcation is confusing to many people, all commissioners were in agreement that it should be a joint effort between the City and County. Said Martin, “We look forward to following your lead.”
It is unlikely the ordinance will specify a type of mask as Dr. Seidel noted that any mask is better than no mask at all. It is expected that the order will be in effect for 30 days.