Broward County Facial Covering Requirements

Facial Covering Requirements

Updated: January 26, 2021

Please note that Governor Ron DeSantis' Executive Order 20-2444 suspends Broward County’s ability to fine individuals for not wearing a facial covering. 

The CDC recommends and Broward County Emergency Orders require residents and visitors, unless otherwise exempted, to wear a facial covering in public, and to wear it properly, including over the nose and mouth. The facial covering can be constructed of any material but should utilize CDC guidelines. Disposable face masks and gloves are not recyclable – please dispose of them properly. 

Facial Covering Requirements:Face Coverings Recommended by CDC

The following facial covering requirements shall apply for all establishments, amenities, and common areas in Broward County and must be worn by all persons in Broward County unless specified per Section C of Broward County Emergency Order 20-27

Social distancing requirements must be maintained whenever possible even when facial coverings are worn; facial coverings are in addition to, and not a substitute for, appropriate social distancing. Facial covering requirements are as follows:

Persons for whom facial coverings are required, except as stated in Section C, must be worn by the following persons:

  • All persons in an establishment of any type that is permitted to operate under an Executive Order of the Governor or any Broward County Emergency Order, during in-person interactions with the public;
  • Members of the public when obtaining any good or service or otherwise visiting any business or establishment, including entering, exiting, and otherwise moving around within the establishment;
  • Any worker involved in the preparation of food is required to wear a facial covering regardless of whether they are conducting in-person interactions with the public, unless doing so would pose a hazard or health issue;
  • To the extent expressly required by any Executive Order of the Governor or any Broward County Emergency Order, which may include additional facial covering requirements for specific activities.

Persons for whom facial coverings are NOT required. The following persons are not required to wear facial coverings:

  • Children under the age of two (2) should not wear a facial covering, and any child while under the custody of a licensed childcare facility, including daycare centers, is not required to wear a facial covering.
  • Persons who have difficulty breathing or a medical condition that otherwise makes the wearing of a facial covering unsafe; however, a private establishment can refuse entry to a person not wearing a facial covering provided the establishment complies with any applicable Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. 
  • Persons receiving goods or services from a business or establishment for the shortest practical period of time during which the receipt of such goods or services necessarily precludes the wearing of a facial covering (such as eating or receiving facial grooming).
  • Public safety, fire, and other life safety personnel, as their personal protective equipment requirements, will be governed by their respective agencies.
  • Persons actively engaged in exercise; prior to and immediately after an exercise activity, facial covering must be worn. 
  • Persons engaged in swimming activities (pool or ocean); social distancing must be maintained between people not of the same household. 
  • Solitary workers consistently maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing from others or are the only person in a room that is NOT a common area or shared space.
  • Persons for whom wearing a facial covering is subject to a religious objection.
  • Residents within their own property (indoor or outdoor). When there are more than 4 visitors present, every visitor must wear a facial covering if social distancing cannot be maintained. 
  • Persons subject to an express exception in an applicable Executive Order of the Governor or a Broward County Emergency Order, solely while engaging in the expressly excepted activity.

Facial Covering Guidelines

Facial coverings should cover the nose and mouth and comply with the CDC recommendations on selection, use, and sanitation of such coverings, which may be found at ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.

Facial coverings may be adapted to accommodate certain groups such as persons who are hearing impaired, or those who care for or interact with a person who is hearing impaired. 

Plastic facial shields are NOT considered facial coverings. However, they may be worn in addition to facial coverings but are not a substitute.

Disposing of Facial Coverings and Personal Protective Equipment

Facial coverings and other disposable personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves must be discarded properly; littering of facial coverings or other personal protective equipment is prohibited. As stated above, facial coverings requirements are in addition to, and not in place of, any social distancing requirements imposed by any applicable orders. The provisions of this Emergency Order shall serve as minimum standards, which must be adopted by all establishments as a condition precedent to operating.

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