Miami Beach’s mayor has called for a special commission meeting on Monday to discuss mask usage compliance as Covid-19 cases continue to surge in Florida, according to a tweet from Mayor Dan Gelber.
“We were 1 of the first in the U.S. to require masks indoors & in many places outdoors. But it is clear that there has not been terrific compliance with this rule and other measures,” Gelber said in a tweet.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has ordered all of the beaches in Miami-Dade County to close for the July 4 weekend but residents in South Florida continue to congregate despite pleas from officials to social distance.
In Pinecrest, an affluent Miami-Dade suburb, the “largest problem is private house parties,” Mayor Joseph Corradino said in a letter to the community this week.
House parties have become prevalent in recent weeks and “are the most dangerous things that impact our community,” Corradino said.
“The law does not enable us to enforce the rules we use on public spaces on private property. So, our current option is to appeal to the common sense and decency of our citizens. This danger comes directly from within,” the letter said.
Miami Beach code enforcement continues to enforce social distancing mandates from Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach spokesperson Melissa Berthier told CNN.
But, whether Miami Beach’s commission will discuss mandating face masks and imposing fines for violators like neighboring city of Miami, “it’s one theory,” Berthier said.