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Florida Surgeon General: Businesses encouraged to require customers to wear masks

Gatherings under 10 also recommended
Conditions that qualify as mask exemptions have smaller scope than many realize
Posted at 2:11 PM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-27 14:12:16-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida's State Surgeon General, Scott Rivkees, has again issued a health advisory, this time recommending that businesses require customers to wear masks and that residents refrain from gathering in groups of more than 10 people.

One of the biggest changes between the advisory issued quietly on July 20 and the one issued a month prior on June 20 is that health officials now recommend that residents avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, instead of the 50 person limit established in June.

For all gatherings of fewer than 10 people, Rivkees said individuals should practice social distancing by maintaining a distance of at least six feet from each other and wear a face covering.

The new advisory also recommends that individual businesses require individuals who enter the premises to wear a face covering and also encourages Floridians to avoid the 3 C's:

- Closed Spaces: Avoid closed spaces with poor ventilation that could allow contagious droplets to linger in the air.
- Crowded Places: Avoid crowded places with many people nearby; the greater the number of individuals in an area, the greater the chances of COVID-19 spreading from person-to-person.
- Close-Contact Settings: Avoid close-range conversations and stay at least six-feet from others.

While not enforcing the recommendation, both advisories recommend that all individuals in Florida should wear masks in any setting where social distancing is not possible, with the following exceptions:

  • 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.

You can read the full advisory here.