KEY WEST, Fla. - Masks are now mandatory everywhere in Key West regardless of the ability to social distance. The only exception is inside a residence.
In other parts of the Florida Keys, masks are mandatory indoors, at outdoor restaurants and tiki bars, and outside where maintaining six feet between one another is not possible. But officials in Key West say continued increases in COVID-19 cases have forced them to take further steps to limit the spread.
Anyone traveling to the Keys is asked to know the rules and bring a face covering.
"Effective immediately, every person over the age of six, while physically located in the City of Key West and who is away from their residence, is required to wear a mask, regardless of whether social distancing is maintained," the website for the city of Key West states.
Violators could be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor and a fine of up to $500 and 60 days in jail. Officials said additional penalties could face repeat violators.
The rules apply to everyone over the age of 6. Exceptions are allowed for restaurant patrons who are seated at a table eating or drinking.
Read Key West's updated mandate at https://www.cityofkeywest-fl.gov/egov/documents/1594659922_43254.pdf.
This story was reported from Tampa, Florida.
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