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.
PSA: WEAR YOUR MASK!