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Yesterday during a Special City Council Meeting, members of the Cocoa City Council passed a resolution urging every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in the City of Cocoa limits to wear a face covering in places open to the public throughout the city limits of Cocoa to help minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. All business operators of an indoor location that is open to the public are urged to also require persons patronizing their business to wear a face covering when social distancing is not feasible.
Based on the recent spike in cases both throughout the state and locally, Council feels it is important for members of the community to continue to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations of social distancing and wearing face coverings to protect yourself and others. Also recently, the Florida Department of Health issued a Public Health Advisory recommending that residents wear a face covering to help prevent the spread of the virus.
The use of face coverings to help protect our residents also helps to keep our first responders and employees safe and allows the City to continue to preserve the public’s access to essential services and maintaining the operation of critical infrastructure. Wearing a face covering also helps to protect the economy and businesses in our community and keep their doors open for business.
The resolution covers all places open to the public including, but not limited to shops, businesses, non-profit and other institutional agencies, places of assembly, streets, public parks, transportation facilities, common areas of buildings, and such other places where the public is free to go. A person’s home or residence is not a place open to the public.
The resolution does not include persons under two, persons in outdoor locations who are practicing social distancing, persons who have a health condition or disability that would prevent them from utilizing a face covering, places that are not open to the public, or persons who are exercising while maintaining social distancing. It is also intended as an emergency measure in furtherance of the State of Florida Declaration of Emergency for COVID-19 and the City is seeking voluntary compliance with the provisions of the resolution and will work to educate and promote the importance of compliance within the community.