St. Augustine Beach votes to make masks mandatory

Mask mandate debate: St. Augustine says yes to mandate while St. Augustine Beach says no

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. — UPDATE 7/27/2020 - St. Augustine Beach has revisited the mask ordinance in a city meeting on Monday. The City Commission has voted to make masks mandatory.

According to the resolution passed on Monday evening, “This Resolution shall become effective on August 4, 2020, at 12:01 AM.” As of right now, the mandate will stay in effect until either the City Commission votes to end the mandate or on Dec. 31, 2020.

Here is the full meeting agenda:

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ORIGINAL STORY from 7/2/2020

If you live in St. Augustine Beach or plan to visit, you will not be required to wear a mask inside businesses or when social distance isn’t possible.

At an emergency meeting Thursday night, the City of St. Augustine Beach did not approve a resolution that would have made masks mandatory inside.

After hours of debate, city commissioners came up with a compromise and unanimously approved an amended resolution by changing the language from “mandatory” to “strongly encouraged.”

The resolution now strongly encourages the wearing of face coverings when indoors, not including residence or home, and are not able to social distance.

The City of St. Augustine Beach said businesses are encouraged to have visitors wear facemasks, but exceptions include the following:

  • Persons under the age of five years.
  • Persons observing social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • 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 a business or profession who maintain social distancing from another person.
  • 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.