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Politics Palm Beach residents sue county over mandate requiring people wear masks

01:25  02 july  2020
01:25  02 july  2020 Source:   thehill.com

This American citizen advances conspiracy theories to justify her refusal to wear a mask

 This American citizen advances conspiracy theories to justify her refusal to wear a mask © Copyright 2020, L'Obs While Palm Beach County today has 13,711 Covid-19 positive cases and 503 deaths, some residents refuse the emergency order issued which obliges its inhabitants to wear a mask in public or to cover their face to limit the transmission of the Covid-19 in addition to the barrier measures.

This week, Palm Beach County in South Florida issued a countywide mask mandate . Facial coverings are now required in all businesses and government Several Florida counties , including Miami-Dade and Orange, have been sued for mandating masks . One lawyer told West Palm Beach ABC affiliate

Attorneys representing Palm Beach County residents Rachel Eade, Carl Holme, Josie Machovic and Robert Spreitzer claim the new order requiring Palm Beach County commissioners unanimously voted last week in favor of the mask mandate to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus amid a

A group of four Palm Beach County residents on Wednesday filed a lawsuit challenging a county policy that requires people to wear masks in public to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Palm Beach residents sue county over mandate requiring people wear masks © Getty Palm Beach residents sue county over mandate requiring people wear masks

The suit, filed in Florida state court, alleges that the county policy infringes on the plaintiffs' constitutionally protected rights by forcing them to wear "harmful medical devices like masks" and asks the court to issue an injunction blocking its enforcement.

"Despite having no authority, actual or apparent, under Florida law to do so, Defendant has recklessly required countless American citizens and Florida residents... to submit to dangerous medical treatments with well-known risks and potential for serious injuries and death," the complaint alleges.

National mandate on mask-wearing could work better than lockdowns, new report suggests

  National mandate on mask-wearing could work better than lockdowns, new report suggests "A national mask mandate could increase U.S. face mask usage by statistically significant and economically large amounts," the report concluded.“Our baseline estimate is that a national mandate could raise the percentage of people who wear masks by 15 percentage points and cut the daily growth rate of confirmed cases by 1 percentage point,” Jan Hatzius, Goldman’s chief economist, wrote in the note to clients.

Palm Beach County residents erupted towards local officials at a commissioner meeting over the area’s mask mandate .

Palm Beach County residents erupted towards local officials at a commissioner meeting over the area’s mask mandate .

The legal action comes as state and federal leaders begin pushing more aggressively for Americans to practice social distancing and wear face masks in public. Amid rising coronavirus cases in Florida, Palm Beach County commissioners on June 23 unanimously approved an executive order requiring people to wear face masks while in public.

The order is set to be in place indefinitely, CBS 12 news reported last week. Violating the order could reportedly result in a civil citation or a fine.

The complaint against the order was filed on behalf of Josie Machovec, Carl Holme, Rachel Eade and Robert Spreitzer, four Palm Beach County residents who say the new policy infringes on their constitutional rights to "life and liberty," among other things.

Florida’s Miami-Dade to Require Masks in All Public Spaces

  Florida’s Miami-Dade to Require Masks in All Public Spaces Miami-Dade County, Florida’s most populous, will start requiring masks in all public spaces. © Photographer: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images North America MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA - JUNE 10: An aerial drone view as beachgoers take advantage of the opening of South Beach on June 10, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. Miami-Dade county and the City of Miami opened their beaches today as the area eases restrictions put in place to contain COVID-19. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images) Mayor Carlos Gimenez said he will sign an emergency order later Wednesday, according to an emailed statement.

Palm Beach County residents erupted towards local officials at a commissioner meeting over the area’s mask mandate .

South Florida restaurants are sharing their thoughts on Palm Beach County 's move to require masks inside public buildings. LIVE VIDEO: Dr. Fauci testifies he's 'very concerned' seeing ' people at bars, not wearing masks , not avoiding crowds.'

The lawsuit argues that the CDC recommendations for wearing facial coverings in public do not have influence over state or federal law, saying they must be in accordance with the Florida and U.S. constitutions. It also claims that there isn't conclusive evidence that masks help combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Before the lawsuit was filed, Palm Beach County Attorney Denise Nieman said that the county had the authority to implement appropriate measures in the name of public health and safety, according to The Palm Beach Post.

Several county residents last week spoke out about the possibility of a mask mandate during a public comment session for a Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners meeting. In videos that spread across social media, attendees warned that the mandate would amount to the "devil's law" and a measure that "goes against the freedom of choice."

One attendee said she was "very sad to see the authorities stomping on our constitutional rights," adding, "they want to throw God's wonderful breathing system out the door," a local CBS affiliate reported.

As of Wednesday, Florida health authorities had reported roughly 159,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 3,500 deaths in the state. Palm Beach County has reported more than 14,000 virus case and about 500 deaths.

The county logged 641 confirmed cases on June 25, the highest single-day total since the outbreak first hit the U.S.

Ohio sheriff says he won't enforce governor's mask order: 'I'm not going to be the mask police' .
An Ohio sheriff on Wednesday vowed to not enforce Gov. Mike DeWine's (R) order requiring residents wear masks in counties deemed to be at "high risk" due to the coronavirus outbreak. "I'm not going to be the mask police," Butler County Police Sheriff Richard K. Jones said in an appearance on CNN. "I'm telling people don't call 911. All the police have been decimated as far as being laid off, having budgets cut And I am not going to enforce the mask wearing."DeWine on Tuesday issued an order mandating residents in several counties wear masks in any indoor public setting and outdoors where social distancing cannot be followed.

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