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COVID Spike Means The Return Of Masks Indoors At Miami-Dade County Facilities

Daniella Levine Cava
Wilfredo Lee/AP
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava is shown before a news conference, Monday, April 5, 2021, in Miami. On May 3, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order canceling all local COVID-19 restrictions. However, Miami-Dade County continues to have mask rules at county government facilities. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Faced with an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava on Wednesday mandated masks at all county facilities and urged businesses to require facial coverings indoors, too.

“The numbers are clear,” Levine Cava said at a press conference outside the county’s Stephen P. Clark Center in downtown Miami. “We hope that businesses will do the right thing.”

While Levine Cava’s predecessor, Carlos Gimenez, imposed detailed operational rules and restrictions for businesses during the 2020 COVID spikes, those executive powers were blocked last fall by Gov. Ron DeSantis and then by the Florida Legislature earlier this year. The new state law bars emergency orders that restrict business operations.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.