City of Cocoa Beach Commission Votes 3-2 to Mandate Face-Coverings in All Indoor Public Locations

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Order shall be placed on the entry door to all indoor business locations

LEFT TO RIGHT: Commissioner Mike Miller, Commissioner Skip Williams, Mayor Ben Malik, Vice Mayor Karalyn Woulas and Commissioner Ed Martinez. The Cocoa Beach City Commission voted 3-2 to require face masks indoors in public locations, with Malik, Williams and Miller voting in favor of the proposal. Martinez and Woulas cast nay votes.

BREVARD COUNTY, • FLORIDA – The City of Cocoa Beach announced the Florida Declaration of Emergency Proclamation for face-coverings as a further effort to reduce the potential spread of the deadly COVID-19 Virus.

The Cocoa Beach City Commission voted 3-2 to require face masks indoors in public locations with Mayor Ben Malik and Commissioners Skip Williams and Mike Miller voting in favor of the proposal. Cocoa Beach Commissioners Ed Martinez and Karalyn Woulas cast nay votes.

The vote mandates that every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in the City of Cocoa Beach wear a face-covering in any indoor public location, other than their home or residence, and in any public outdoor location when not maintaining social distancing from other people (s), excluding family members or companions.

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.

The City Order shall be placed on the entry door to all indoor business locations. Facial coverings are not required to be worn by the following persons:

• Persons under the age of two years

• Persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition.

• Persons working in a business or profession who do not have interactions with other persons.

• Persons exercising while maintaining social distancing.

• Persons working in an office when all interactions with others are done with social distancing as recommended by the CDC.

• Persons while eating and/or drinking at a restaurant; provided, however, face coverings must otherwise be worn in restaurants.

• Public safety, fire and other life safety and health care personnel, as their personal protective equipment requirements, will be governed by their respective agencies.

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.

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