Florida Keys to Require Face Masks Until June...of 2021

Brittany M. Hughes | June 19, 2020

If you’re planning to visit the Florida Keys any time soon, make sure to pack your sun screen…

…and your face mask.

The Florida Keys, visited by millions of people a year, now says they’ll require face masks in all indoor public spaces until at least June of 2021. Violators could face up to a $500 fine.

“Facial coverings over the nose and mouth must be worn in business establishments and other public settings where there is a roof overhead,” said Monroe County spokesperson Kristen Livengood in a press release.

The order applies to employees and customers alike. The only exceptions are for children ages 6 and under, and for anyone eating or drinking in a restaurant or exercising in a gym, provided they’re at least six feet away from anyone else. 

As of June 17, Monroe County had seen only 137 COVID-19 cases and four deaths, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

While many states and locales across the country have implemented at least some form of facial covering requirement for public spaces, this marks one of the first areas to extend the mandate through next year.