COLLIER COUNTY — The Collier Board of County Commissioners, at its Oct. 22 special board meeting, voted 3-2 to approve Order No. 2020-07, which revises Emergency/Executive Orders No. 2020-05 and 2020-06 and mandates that face coverings are required in business establishments where social distancing is not possible.
Emergency/Executive Order No. 2020-05 mandating that individuals wear a face covering in public in certain circumstances went into effect on July 21. The Order was extended through Board approval of Emergency/Executive Order No. 2020-06 on Sept. 3 and was to expire on Oct. 22 at midnight unless extended by the board.
Following hours of public comments and discussion, commissioners voted 3-2 to adopt the revised order which states “the board finds implementation of this order necessary for the preservation of the health, safety and welfare of the community.”
The order mandates that an owner, manager, employee, customer or patron of a business establishment must wear a face covering while in that business establishment where social distancing is not possible. There are partial exceptions for restaurants and bars, gyms, barbershops or beauty salons, hotels and other business establishments. The order also requires that the owner, operator, manager, and employee of a business or lodging establishment shall ensure that every individual in that establishment complies with the order.
The Order is effective immediately and expires on April 13, 2021, at midnight, unless extended by the board. The entire order is available at https://www.colliercountyfl.gov/home/showdocument?id=95287.
Collier County continues to closely monitor all developments related to COVID-19. Information is available at colliercountyfl.gov, facebook.com/CollierGov and Twitter.com/CollierPIO.