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Posted on: July 6, 2020

Mayor Bill Partington Issues Proclamation Regarding Face Coverings For City Of Ormond Beach

Ormond Beach - July 2, 2020

By proclamation of the Mayor of Ormond Beach, as provided by Section 3.05 of the City Charter, Mayor Bill Partington proclaims the necessity of the wearing of face coverings when social distancing is not attainable throughout the City of Ormond Beach and urges all residents and businesses to do the same.

“I know masks can be uncomfortable, especially in the heat of summer, but we are at a critical juncture for our City’s fight against COVID-19,” said Mayor Partington. “We need everyone’s help to keep our economy running and part of that fight is wearing face coverings to help slow the spread of this virus.”

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a severe and acute respiratory illness and can spread among humans through respiratory transmission and causes symptoms similar to those of influenza and in some cases death; and

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, President Donald J. Trump issued a Proclamation Declaring a national emergency concerning COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order No. 20-52 declaring a State of Emergency; and

WHEREAS, the County of Volusia declared a State of Emergency on March 13, 2020, which has been extended for additional periods of seven days each effective, March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26, June 2, June 9, June 16, June 23, and June 30; and

WHEREAS, Ordinance No. 2020-15 was approved on March 16, 2020, declaring a local state of emergency throughout the City of Ormond Beach as a result of COVID-19, said ordinance expiring concurrent with the executive order issued by Governor DeSantis; and

WHEREAS, on April 29, 2020, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order No. 20-112, as modified by Executive Order No. 20-120 on May 9, 2020, and Executive Order No. 20-123 on May 14, 2020, in response to the recommendations set forth in Phase 1 of the plan issued by the Task Force to Re-Open Florida, and adopted a phased approach to remove or decrease certain restrictions imposed pursuant to Executive Order No. 20-91, Safer-at-Home Order; and

WHEREAS, on June 3, 2020, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order No. 20-129, moving all counties in Florida, other than Miami-Date, Broward and Palm Beach Counties into Phase 2 of the plan issued by the Task Force to Re-Open Florida, which Order supersedes Executive Order No. 20-91, the Safer-at-Home Order, and supersedes in part, and extends and modified other provisions of Executive Order No. 20 -112; and

WHEREAS, based on recent information and data from the Florida Department of Health, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Volusia County has increased significantly since additional re-opening was authorized under Phase 2 of the Governor’s Plan for Florida’s Recovery, which increase may result in additional deaths; and

WHEREAS, in response to the dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases, the Florida Medical Association, the State’s largest physician’s organization, encourages all local officials to adopt regulations requiring individuals to wear face coverings in public places; and

WHEREAS, based on advice from medical professionals the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Volusia County and the City of Ormond Beach will increase exponentially if additional measures to stop the spread or slow the spread of COVID-19 are not instituted; and

WHEREAS, the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) has expressly found that: COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person though respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land inthe mouths and noses of people who are nearby or be inhaled into the lungs. Studies and evidence on infection control report that these droplets usually travel around 6 feet (about two arm’s length); and

WHEREAS, the CDC therefore specifically recommends that as business and communities reopen, and people resume their daily activities; people should wear face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19, particularly “in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain”; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor of the City of Ormond Beach is authorized to issue proclamations consistent with the authority provided by section 3.05 of the City Charter; and

WHEREAS, consistent with Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-51, as extended, modified or amended, Chapter 252.46 Florida Statutes, and in accordance with the City Charter, the Mayor of the City of Ormond Beach is authorized to issue proclamations necessary to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the community; and

WHEREAS, mitigating the effects of COVID-19 and protecting the health of its citizens and visitors is a high priority of the City of Ormond Beach; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor fully supports the recommendation of the CDC that every person, living, working, visiting or doing business in the City of Ormond Beach should wear face coverings of material that securely covers a person’s nose and mouth and remains affixed in place without the use of one’s hands, whether store-bought or homemade, concurrent with CDC guidelines and for the duration of the declared emergency; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor fully supports the recommendation of the CDC that every person, living, working, visiting or doing business in the City of Ormond Beach should wear face coverings in any indoor location other than home or residence; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor fully supports the recommendation of the CDC that every person, living, working, visiting or doing business in the City of Ormond Beach should wear face coverings in any public outdoor location; and

WHEREAS, nothing herein shall require or allow a person to wear a face covering so as to conceal the identity of the wearer in violation of Chapter 876 Florida Statutes; and

WHEREAS, all businesses are encouraged to prohibit entry of any person who is not wearing a face covering with the exception of

- Persons under two years of age; and

- Persons observing social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines; and

- Persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition; and

- Persons working in a business or profession who do not have interactions with the public; and

- Persons working in a business or profession who maintain social distancing from another person; and

- Persons working in a business or profession where use of face coverings would prevent them from performing the duties of the business or profession; and

- Persons exercising while maintaining social distancing; and

- Persons eating or drinking; and

- Public safety, fire, and other life safety and health care personnel, as their personal protective equipment requirements will be governed by their

respective agencies; and

- Shall not apply when a person who is hearing impaired needs to see the mouth of someone wearing a face covering in order to communicate.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Bill Partington, Mayor of the City of Ormond Beach, Florida, do hereby proclaim THE NECESSITY OF THE WEARING OF FACE COVERINGS WHEN SOCIAL DISTANCING IS NOT ATTAINABLE THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF ORMOND BEACH, AS PROVIDED ABOVE, AND I URGE ALL RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES TO DO THE SAME. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I hereunto set my hand and cause the seal of the City of Ormond Beach, Florida, to be affixed this 2nd day of July in the year of our Lord, Two Thousand Twenty.

Mayor Bill Partington


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