FACIAL COVERINGS | Am I required to wear facial coverings?

Updated Jun 25, 2020 (10am)


On Tuesday, June 23, Palm Beach County Commissioners voted unanimously to mandate facial coverings while in public. The Emergency Order went into effect on Thursday, June 25 at 12:01am and requires facial coverings to be worn in indoor public spaces as well as outdoor public spaces where physical distancing, according to the CDC guidelines, cannot be maintained.

What does this mean for residents?

According to the Emergency Order, public spaces where facial coverings are required include, but are not limited to grocery stores, retail stores, restaurants, hotels, gyms, etc. For more information about public spaces where facial coverings are required, view page 3 of the Emergency Order.

Facial coverings are not required for the following person(s) such as children ages 2 and under, people exercising or maintaining physical distancing according to CDC guidelines, people with medical conditions, etc. For more information about exemptions, view page 4 of the Emergency Order.

What does this mean for businesses?

According to the County’s Emergency Order, all businesses and establishments must ensure compliance with the Order. All businesses and establishments must also post signage provided by Palm Beach County. Read more about signage requirements on page 5 of the Emergency Order. 

*Visit Palm Beach County’s website to stay updated on signs in other languages.

Reporting & Violations

For information regarding enforcement and violations, view page 6 of the Emergency Order.

Residents can report a business that is not following the State and County social distancing and mask mandates for COVID-19 by contacting Palm Beach County’s COVID Education Compliance Team (CECT). The CECT will work to educate and bring businesses into compliance with state and local enforcement orders required by the Governor and the County.

The team is comprised of representatives from state and local agencies including the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Code Enforcement and Fire Rescue, the Florida Department of Health-Palm Beach County and police departments from Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach. Team members will proactively conduct spot inspections of local businesses and public venues, noting where masks are not being worn and/or social distancing is not being consistently practiced.

For more compliance information or to report a violation, residents and businesses can contact the COVID Education Compliance Team at 561-24COVID (561-242-6843) or covidcompliance@pbcgov.org.


Currently, the City of Boca Raton and Palm Beach County have orders in effect strongly encouraging individuals to wear face coverings when social distancing cannot be maintained. 

Palm Beach County Emergency Order Number 10: Additional Directive on Wearing of Facial Coverings further amends PBC Emergency Order 2020-004 as of June 8, 2020 that Every person working, living, visiting or doing business in Palm Beach County is encouraged to wear a cloth facial covering consistent with the current CDC guidelines while in any public spaces. These areas include but are not limited to: 

  • Grocery stores
  • Restaurants while not seated
  • Pharmacies
  • Construction sites
  • Public transit vehicles
  • Vehicles for hire
  • Any locations where social distancing measures are not possible

All persons accessing, visiting, doing business, contracting, doing maintenance, delivery or any other activity requiring a presence in a Palm Beach County governmental building are required to wear facial coverings as defined by the CDC at all times while present in the building. Face coverings are not required for children under 2 years of age, public safety, fire, and other life safety personnel, and persons with medical conditions that are not compatible with masks. Face coverings shall not be required for individuals participating in indoor sporting or physical fitness events provided 6’ physical distancing between participants can be maintained. Additionally, face coverings are not required while seated and dining in restaurant and other food service venues. 

Furthermore, every person utilizing the County’s Palm Tran transit services including fixed route, Palm Tran Connection, Go Glades, and any other transit service provided by Palm Tran, are required to wear facial coverings at all times when entering, riding, or exiting the bus or transit vehicle, unless a medical accommodation is arranged in advance by contacting Palm Tran at 561-841-4287.

Cloth face coverings can be made from common household items/materials and should:

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face    
  • be secured with ties or ear loops    
  • include multiple layers of fabric    
  • allow for breathing without restriction    
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Cloth face coverings recommended are NOT surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.

For more information about face covering, visit the CDC website.

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