No mask, no service: Broward County city jumps back to face mask requirement
prepare for a return of mask mandates, restrictiions.

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The action runs counter to Gov. Ron DeSantis' order banning any ordinance mandating face masks.

No mask, no service — regardless of your COVID-19 vaccination status.

Coral Springs became one of the first Florida cities to jump back to pre-May 13 protocols that made masks indoors optional for those who are vaccinated. The city is going to require all people entering city buildings wear masks.

The new policy, spurred on by the emergence of the delta variant, starts Tuesday — just 75 days since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decreed masks were optional for vaccinated people indoors or outdoors. Most businesses have adopted the CDC’s guidance that allows the vaccinated to enter without face coverings, without a protocol for proving one’s vaccination status.

A Coral Springs spokeswoman said the current surge of COVID-19 cases prompted the city’s manager, emergency manager and medical director to conclude that steps needed to be taken to protect people and limit COVID-19 transmission.

“We think it’s important to let people know how serious this is and to protect our workforce,” Lynne Martzall said, declining to specify if any city employees had tested positive recently.

The city doesn’t have the right to fine people who don’t comply with wearing a face covering. Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an order May 3 lifting all mask ordinances that were in effect. But that order does not preclude the city from denying people entry into city buildings without a face mask, Martzall said.

Los Angeles has reinstated its mask mandate and similar action is being considered in COVID-19 hotspots such as Arkansas and Missouri. DeSantis says no such thing will be happening in Florida.

Martzall said the new guideline for city buildings has been under discussion for a week.

“Florida now accounts for 20% of all COVID-19 cases in the nation,” Coral Springs’ Twitter account posted on Monday.

No appointment is necessary to get the Pfizer vaccine at the Coral Square Mall in the city, Wednesday through Sunday every week, the post added.

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected]


12 comments

  • zhombre

    July 26, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    Wear a mask, order to go, leave without paying.

    • J. Kirkbride

      July 27, 2021 at 10:32 am

      Why screw the business owner? It’s not her rule!

      • zhombre

        July 27, 2021 at 11:03 am

        Calm down. It was a joke.

  • Ed

    July 26, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    Look at the rebellions at the airport and on airplanes having people wearing masks when they don’t have to wear them at any other place. This will not go over well if Fauci says to mask up again.

    • Peaches

      July 27, 2021 at 7:31 am

      People are generally stupid violent and uneducated. They watch too many movies and believe them real. Human race is on a decline. So sad.

  • Jacquie

    July 27, 2021 at 10:49 am

    Unfortunately the Delta variant has been brought to many cities by the Biden admin . This is the number one variant carried to a city near you by illegal entrants. Progressivism is a disease too!

    • Gale Smith

      July 27, 2021 at 4:24 pm

      Your an IDIOT

      • M

        July 29, 2021 at 3:57 pm

        Yes, Jacquie’s comment is despicable.

    • Stephen DeLong

      July 28, 2021 at 1:09 pm

      100 %%% they are releasing ILLEGALS that are FULL BLOWN SICK-(not “positive” test) but FULL BLOWN SICK across our country-MASKS DO NOT WORK- THE VACCINE IS NOT A VACCINE! it is a death Jab- the Election was STOLEN -we are living under the New World Order! WAKE UP EVERYONE!

  • Elle

    July 29, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Illegal. They work for us and those offices belong to us. The american people that PAY for it all. If we comply then they win. The men of this. Action need to rise up, everytime I see anyone standing up to this it’s mostly women. They forgot that they’re there to protect our freedoms.

  • Marcin

    August 1, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    Mask don’t work!!!

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