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State surgeon general advises Florida residents to wear masks when social distancing isn't possible

People over 65 years old encouraged to stay home
Posted at 2:14 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 17:17:01-04

Florida's surgeon general has issued a public health advisory calling for everyone to wear masks in public, with a few exceptions.

The public health advisory issued by Scott Rivkees was filed Monday morning.


Within it, Rivkees wrote that "all individuals in Florida should wear face coverings in any setting where social distancing is not possible, unless any of the following is applicable:"

  • 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 the 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 in place

Gov. Ron DeSantis has not issued an executive order requiring that Floridians wear masks.

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Along with the guidance regarding masks, the advisory encourages people over 65 years old and those with "high-risk conditions" to try to stay home, wash their hands often and frequently disinfect high-touch surfaces.

Lastly, residents are being asked to avoid gatherings of more than 50 people. If you are involved in a gathering of fewer than 50 people, the advisory said that you should wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Rivkees' advisory comes after a 20-day surge in cases of COVID-19. In Florida, since June 3, the state has reported more than 1,000 new cases each day except one.

You can read the full advisory below:

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