CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Coral Springs officials reminded businesses and patrons on Thursday to take coronavirus safety measures seriously – or else face the potential for shutting down or getting fined.
In a news release, officials pointed out a new Broward County order taking effect Friday:
- Businesses that are not following safety guidelines will receive citations, be closed for 24 hours after their first violation, and face an additional 72 hours of closure for further violations.
- Food establishments and restaurants may continue takeout, delivery, drive-through, and pick-up services, but between 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., they must stop on-site preparing of food and alcoholic beverages.
- Seating at food establishments and restaurants will now be limited to six people per table, expect for groups from the same household, for which the limit is 10 people per table. Consumption of food and beverages can only be done seated at tables.
Officials said facial coverings must be worn at all times if out in public or in an establishment, with exception to places such as parks, pools, and beaches.
Those not complying with the requirements could get misdemeanor fines up to $500 per violation, imprisonment up to 60 days, or both, and/or get civil fines of $1,000 per day per violation or fines up to $15,000 per violation for a knowing violation.
“If these new penalties and restrictions do not prove substantial for the mitigation of the virus and compliance of businesses and patrons, rollbacks of previously opened establishments and activities may be put in place,” the news release said. “It is imperative that residents and local businesses comply with all emergency orders and do their diligence to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our community.”
Officials explained facial coverings are not required when participating in strenuous physical activity, including exercising or when in a pool, ocean or other body of water, as long as social distancing of six feet is maintained.
Proper use, they said, includes covering over the nose and mouth as the CDC recommends. When the nose is exposed or the covering is worn at the chin, the facial covering is not effective in protecting the public from the spread of the virus.
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