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Florida Keys Now Requiring Facial Coverings in Public Places

Planning on heading to the Keys for a change of scenery this summer?

As you can imagine, it will be a bit different, due to the coronavirus.

Monroe County commissioners voted Thursday to make facial coverings mandatory, effective immediately.

That means visitors and residents are required to wear facial coverings at businesses and other indoor public settings.

The ordinance allows restaurant and bar patrons to remove their masks while seated, eating or drinking. It also allows people in gyms to remove their facial coverings while they are exercising, as long as there is at least 6 feet of distance from the next closest person.

Additionally, the commission recommends that everyone older than age 6 carry a mask whenever they are away from home.

Acceptable facial coverings, which must shield the nose and mouth, could include a mask, scarf, bandanna, handkerchief or similar cloth covering.

Violators will be subject to fines, but will not receive jail time.

The ordinance is in place through June 2021, although it is subject to “quarterly review.”

The Keys reopened for visitors on June 1, after being closed for more than two months due to the pandemic.