Sarasota face mask mandate now in effect

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SARASOTA, Fla (WFLA) – Today, the face mask requirement for the City of Sarasota begins and will be in effect for 60 days.

City leaders have passed an ordinance 4-1 requiring masks both indoor and outdoor public locations and businesses.

Exceptions include:

  • Children under the age of 18
  • Schools, daycares and non-City government agencies
  • People for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition
  • Those working in a business or profession who do not interact with others, who maintain physical or social distancing from others or where a face covering would prevent them from performing their duties
  • Those who are outdoors or exercising while maintaining physical distancing
  • Those who are eating or drinking
  • And those that are hearing-impaired that need to see the mouth of someone wearing a face covering in order to communicate.

Violations of the mask requirement could result in a civil, non-criminal infraction with penalties up to a $500 fine.

The City of Sarasota will first focus on education and compliance with complimentary face masks available for pickup outside City Hall from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, June 30, and Wednesday, July 1.

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