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City of Palm Coast Announces Mask Requirement

Posted 7/8/2020 5:11:00 PM

Kimberly Norman

July 8, 2020

Palm Coast - The Palm Coast City Council approved a resolution during the July 7 City Council business meeting requiring individuals to wear masks in certain settings, including some exceptions, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Council's Resolution is effective July 7. 

Consistent with Governor Ron DeSantis' Executive Order Number 20-51, as extended, modified or amended, Chapter 252.46, Florida Statutes, and Section 23-58 of the City Code, the City Council is authorized to make such orders and rules as are necessary for emergency preparedness. The City of Palm Coast declared a State of Local Emergency on March 15, 2020, which has been extended for additional periods through this current time.

As part of the Resolution, 

1) Every person living, working, visiting or doing business in the City of Palm Coast shall wear a face covering in any indoor location, other than home or residence;

2) Every person living, working, visiting or doing business in the City of Palm Coast shall wear a face covering in any public outdoor location;

3) Medical and surgical face masks, such as N95 masks or other similar medical or surgical masks, are in short supply and should be reserved for health care personnel and other first responders with the greatest need for such personal protective equipment;

4) 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;

5) All business are encouraged to prohibit entry of any person who is not wearing a face covering with the exception of those below listed persons. 

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

1) Persons under the age of two years;

2) Persons observing social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines;

3) Persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition or cannot personally apply or remove the mask;

4) Persons working in a business or profession who do not have interactions with other persons;

5) Persons working in a business or profession who maintain social distancing from another person;

6) 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;

7) Persons exercising, while maintaining social distancing;

8) Persons eating or drinking;

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

10) 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.

The City's Community Development team will be communicating this new mask requirement to business owners and provide resources in addition to suggestions on compliance and enforcement. 

Businesses or community members can request masks through the City at palmcoastconnect.com [https://www.palmcoastconnect.com/s/business-resource-center] or businesses can also contact Gretchen Smith with the Florida Department of Health - Flagler County. 

Please remember to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for washing your hands, social distancing, and facial coverings [https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html].

We will continue to update you on the latest recommendations from the Department of Health, Emergency Management, and Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The City of Palm Coast will continue to update its Re-Opening Strategy in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and Florida Department of Health, as well as from Governor DeSantis.

Visit Palm Coast Connect at www.palmcoastconnect.com for the latest City of Palm Coast updates. There you can submit questions or concerns to customer service or call them at 386-986-2360.

COVID-19 health related questions or concerns should be directed to your regular healthcare provider or the Florida Health hotline at 866-779-6121. You can find a list of testing locations in Flagler County here: https://www.palmcoastconnect.com/s/covid-19-testing-locations

COVID-19 business concerns should be directed to the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation at 866-532-1440.

VIDEO: You can watch the discussion among city leadership and council during the July 7 city council meeting here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHc4CPWwaZI (Discussion takes place from 24:15 to 57:33)

Resolution 2020 Required Face Coverings.pdf