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City of Anna Maria and Holmes Beach Now Both Have a Face Mask Mandate

The City of Anna Maria and Holmes Beach Adopt Face Mask Mandate

Anna Maria Island and Holmes Beach, have both now Adopted a Face Mask Mandate ... Bradenton Beach is still to decide.

Anna Maria

Last night (6-25-20) the Anna Maria City Commission enacted a seven-day emergency order that mandates face masks be worn inside spaces beginning at 8 a.m. this Saturday (6-27-20).

The Anna Maria city commission unanimously supported the mayor’s suggestion for an emergency mask order

The order, has the following exceptions:

  • 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 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, that face coverings must otherwise be worn in restaurants.

Violations of the order will be punished by a fine of $50 per violation assessed against a person not wearing a face covering when required.

The mask order does not apply to outdoor areas.

The mask order will be reviewed every seven days and will be tweaked and adjusted as needed.

The commission is scheduled to review the mask order again on Thursday, July 2 at 10 a.m. The mask order can be extended for additional seven-day periods.

The order can also be rescinded at any time.

Holmes Beach

Yesterday (6-25-20) Holmes Beach City Commissioners voted 5-0... to require face covering sin businesses and public buildings, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The penalty for not complying is severe. A first-time violator will be subjected to a $250 fine, per the ordinance, the penalty would then be increased to$500 for each subsequent offense.

This new emergency ordinance within Holmes Beach,will go into effect at 5 p.m. this Sunday (6-28-20).

What does the ordinance state:

It requires people to wear face coverings, which the ordinance defines as:

Any material that covers the nose and mouth, inside of businesses and public buildings, excluding schools.

The rule also applies to owners, managers and employees as well as customers. It can be enforced by code compliance and law enforcement officers with the above listed fines.

Business operators will also be required to enforce the ordinance or face administrative fines.

There are a few exceptions to the new mask mandate:

Restaurant/bar customers who are eating or drinking while seated.

Gym patrons engaged in a workout or class where at least 6 feet of social distance is maintained between people.

Barbershop or beauty salon customers “when wearing a face covering would reasonably interfere with receiving services.”

Business operators and employees who are in an area of the business not open to the public and who are maintaining at leas 6 feet of social distance between one another (this does not apply to kitchens and food preparation areas).

The ordinance also includes recommendations for mask use, including advice that every person over the age of 6 carry a face covering when outside of the home and be prepared to use it in situations when social distancing is not maintained.

It will expire in 60 days unless it is reenacted.

Bradenton Beach

Unless they decide to adopt a Face Mask policy with an emergency order earlier... This coming Tuesday (6-30-20), there will be a special meeting of the Bradenton Beach City Commission to discuss the extension of a local state of emergency and other items related (face coverings, etc...) due to COVID-19.

Manatee County Commissioners several times over the last week discussed making it mandatory to require face-coverings when in public places and businesses, they though did not take that step.

Just to our north, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties have issued Face Mask ordinances.

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