UPDATE: City To Reconsider Mask Order Language In Light Of County’s Clarification

Following this morning’s Gables Insider article, Miami-Dade County Mayor’s office confirmed to Gables Insider and the City of Coral Gables the intent of the County’s order.

Deputy County Mayor Jennifer Moon corresponded with Gables Insider and Coral Gables City Attorney Miriam Ramos stating: “To be clear, if a person is walking and is not exempt for another reason listed on the Emergency Order, the person should be wearing facial covering.

In contrast, the City of Coral Gables’ order added specific examples of strenuous physical activity which included “walking for exercise”. The Gables’ order would make it difficult on enforcement to determine if someone was walking for exercise or not. Regardless, according to the county you need a mask.

WebMD defines “strenuous physical activity” as: Strenuous activities included swimming laps, aerobics, calisthenics, running, jogging, basketball, cycling on hills, and racquetball. 

County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has been sending a clear message to residents of Miami-Dade and local governments — wear your mask. We now know that includes if you’re out walking.

On Thursday, the Board of County Commissioners adopted an ordinance creating a civil citation with a fine of $100 if a person isn’t wearing a mask as required.

To date, Coral Gables has only issued one $50 citation to an individual for not wearing a mask near Red Road and Sunset Drive.

Gables City Attorney Ramos told Gables Insider that based on the County’s clarification today, her office will be speaking with the Mayor and City Manager about the exception relating to the City’s definition of walking for exercise as strenuous activity. Any change will be reflected in the amendments made reflecting yesterday’s Board of County Commissioners decision.



6 thoughts on “UPDATE: City To Reconsider Mask Order Language In Light Of County’s Clarification

  1. Wear a mask anytime you are out. I walk my dog three times a day leisurely walking and wear a mask. And lots of people go by my side walking leisurely as well and talking to their friends without a mask nor social distancing so I have to get almost on the street with the dog to stay 6 ft away from all irresponsible people who only do what they like to do disrespecting others that care. When us our MAYOR going to require masks like the rest of the County? Is the City waiting for the number of cases in Gables to Hit 1000 which we are very close to require masks! Very irresponsible from our “elected officials

  2. While racewalking “strenuously” in open air, with no human visible, I do not see the need to wear a mask. Our gym requires masks and we dutifully wear them, even on the treadmill.
    Walking around downtown or on Giralda Plaza, yes.
    Running on Country Club Prada, alone in late morning…?

  3. We walk 5 days a week for exercise. We walk at a pace of 17.5 minutes a mile. There are days when we are able to do a 16.5 minute mile. For us this is strenuous exercise. We are all in our 70’s. Wearing a mask has forced us to slow down, which is not as good for our health!

  4. If you’re not going to require a mask when doing strenuous exercise then you need to close the gyms.

    I thought it was a bad idea to open gyms. But now without a mask they will just be petri dishes for infection.

  5. Masks don’t work. This is just would be petty tyrants taking advantage of the situation to lord it over us.

  6. Strenuous activity = The American Heart Association recommends that a person does exercise that is vigorous enough to raise their heart rate to their target heart-rate zone—50 percent to 85 percent of their maximum heart rate, which is 220 beats per minute (bpm) minus their age for adults—for at least 30 minutes on most days.

    Wear the mask and save not only your life but that of others.

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