Last evening the City Commission unanimously passed the emergency ordinance requiring face coverings indoors in businesses in the City limits. You can read the ordinance below. I spoke with the City and businesses are required to post signage on their entry door, however, they are not requiring specific signage i.e. you can make it yourself. Knowing you all are very busy I did put together a few options that you can download and print. If you need something more specific and don't have the capability to make or print it yourself, please let me know.
Download signage at the following links:
Simple Masks Required Per City Ordinance Color 8.5 x 11
Simple Masks Required Per City Ordinance Black and White 8.5 x 11
Detailed Mask Required Per City Ordinance Color 8.5 x 14
Detailed Mask Required Per City Ordinance Black and White 8.5 x 14
Restaurant Masks Required Per City Ordinance Color 8.5 x 11
Restaurant Masks Required Per City Ordinance Black & White 8.5 x 11
If you prefer to print and post the entire ordinance you can download it here.
Emergency Ordinance Language (nothing changed from when I sent to you yesterday):
SECTION 2. Definitions.
SECTION 3. Face Coverings Required
SECTION 4. Exceptions
Nothing herein shall require the wearing of face coverings by the following persons:Persons under the age of eight (8) years old;
SECTION 5. Enforcement and Penalties
It is the intent of the City Commission to seek voluntary compliance with the provisions contained herein and to educate and warn of the dangers of non-compliance. Owners of businesses within the City of Winter Haven, Florida will be considered in compliance with the requirements of this Emergency Ordinance if they take four steps. Those include:
However, in the event voluntary compliance is not achieved, then violation of this Emergency Ordinance, and any order issued pursuant hereto, shall be subject to a fine not exceeding the sum of One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150.00) pursuant to Section 1-13 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Winter Haven, Florida, or as otherwise provided by law. Notwithstanding any provision of Section 1-13 of the City Code to the contrary, a violation of this Emergency Ordinance, and any order issued pursuant hereto, shall only be subject to a fine of One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150.00), and those provisions of Section 1-13 of the City Code providing for fines in excess of One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150.00) or providing for a term of imprisonment shall not be applicable to violations of this Emergency Ordinance or orders issued pursuant hereto.
SECTION 6. Applicability
Any provision of this Emergency Ordinance that conflicts with any State or Federal law or constitutional provision, or conflicts with or is superseded by a current or subsequently issued executive order of the Governor or other authority, shall be deemed inapplicable and deemed severable from this Emergency Ordinance, with the remainder of this Emergency Ordinance remaining in full force and effect. This Emergency Ordinance applies within the jurisdictional limits of the City of Winter Haven, Florida.
SECTION 7. Effective Date; Sunset Provision.
This Emergency Ordinance shall become effective on July 14, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. and shall expire at 5:00 p.m. on August 14, 2020 unless rescinded and/or extended by further action of the City Commission.
INTRODUCED AND PASSED by the City Commission of the City of Winter Haven, Florida, in regular session this 13th day of July, 2020.
All my best -
Katie Worthington Decker
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