Hollywood Orders All Residents and Visitors to Wear Facial Covering Effective April 9
Hollywood Orders All Residents and Visitors to Wear Facial Covering Effective April 9

In response to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, the City of Hollywood has issued an emergency order requiring everyone in the city cover their nose and mouth when in public places. The order goes into effect on Thursday, April 9 at 12:01 a.m.

It is ordered that all persons outside their homes and within a public place such as a grocery store, hardware store, pharmacy, restaurant, or other deemed essential business, are mandated to wear a cloth facial covering consistent with the current CDC guidelines. All individuals providing delivery services shall wear a form of covering over their noses and mouths while making deliveries.

A covering over the nose and mouth shall include a face mask, homemade mask, or other cloth covering, such as a scarf, bandana, handkerchief or other similar cloth covering. All persons should avoid the utilization of surgical masks or N95 rated masks as those are critical supplies for health care workers, police, fire, emergency management, or other persons engaged in life and safety activities.

All essential businesses are strongly encouraged to implement policies for employees to use other personal protective equipment, such as gloves, subject to the availability of such items to provide alcohol based hand sanitizers with at least 60 percent alcohol to use by customers and employees and to provide disinfecting wipes at points of entrance, cash registers and other appropriate locations for customers to disinfect carts and baskets, point of sale terminals and other areas as frequently possible.

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David Volz has been a reporter for Hollywood Gazette since 2011 and has worked for numerous community news publications throughout South Florida over the past two decades including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and South Florida Business Journal. He is a Professor in the Business department at Broward College and the editor of the Coral Springs Connection, an online community news website. He covers city government, schools, sports events, cultural activities, faith groups and workplaces.



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