SATELLITE BEACH — The City of Satellite Beach at its July 6, council meeting adopted Emergency Ordinance #02-2020, mandating “essential businesses” (grocery stores, drug stores, convenient stores and gas stations) to require masks/face coverings for all patrons and employees.

The Emergency Ordinance also requires all other businesses to post their mask/face coverings policy on the front entry doorway of the business to advise customers entering the businesses.

The City Council also adopted Emergency Ordinance #01-2020, requiring all individuals to wear a face mask or covering at all times when at an indoor City owned and operated facility. There are limited exceptions to the order for certain circumstances and health conditions. The city-wide executive order comes as Satellite Beach, along with the rest of Florida, reported a record number of new coronavirus infections. “The executive orders are in the best interest of our essential businesses and residents,” Frank Catino, Mayor of Satellite Beach, said. “We do not want to experience another shutdown within our community.”

The Center for Disease Control has expressly found that COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when a person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land on the mouths or noses of people nearby and possibly inhaled into the lungs. Studies and evidence on infection control report that these droplets usually travel around 6 feet (about “two arms’ length”).

As businesses 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. According to the CDC, the vast majority of persons that test positive for the COVID-19 virus that are hospitalized or die from the virus are persons over the age of 65 years and/or have underlying health conditions. Based upon recent updated census estimates, the demographic of residents 65 years of age and older living in the City of Satellite Beach is just over 22%.

“I am grateful for the leadership of our City Council who determined it was in the best interest of the health, safety and welfare of our City residents to formally adopt the Emergency Ordinances.” said Courtney Barker, Satellite Beach City Manager. “Face masks/coverings are an effective way to minimize the spread of COVID-19 as we gradually and safely reopen the economy.”

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