Miami Mayor Francis Suarez announced that the Florida city will increase its penalties for people not adhering to its mask mandate, raising the amount from $50 to $100 for first and second offenses. Violators could face arrest for third offenses.
“We want to make sure people follow the rules. We're seeing some early evidence that the mask-in-public rule is working and we want to make sure it's being adopted universally in our population,” Suarez said on CNN’s “New Day.”
Suarez said that 39 officers this week will be dedicated solely to mask enforcement.
“We want to make sure that we're able to continue these gains so that we don't have to take more dramatic measures,” he said.
Suarez said the situation in Miami has improved, so he isn't planning on implementing a stay-at-home order.
“Just a few days ago, we were at 60 new cases per day. …We're down to 20 new cases a day, which means that the remediation efforts that we've taken, including the mask-in-public rule, are working,” Suarez said.
“We're being patient and letting those remediation efforts take full effect before making any decisions,” he added.
Suarez said that delays in testing are leading to further coronavirus spread, particularly in large households, contradicting the President, who called testing “overrated.”