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Cocoa City Council passed emergency ordinance no. 13-2020 on August 12, 2020 to minimize the spread of COVID-19 since there is currently no vaccine for the virus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Florida Department of Health recommend social distancing and wearing of face coverings as effective tools to slowing the spread of this virus. The CDC recommends wearing of face coverings in public where social distancing is not attainable.
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Cocoa City Council passed emergency ordinance no. 13-2020 on August 12, 2020 to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and the ordinance takes effect on Saturday, August 15, 2020. It will be reviewed by Council approximately every thirty (30) days to determine whether it should be extended or terminated based on the status of the COVID-19 emergency.
Emergency Ordinance No. 13-2020 requires face coverings in all places open to the public throughout the jurisdictional limits of the City of Cocoa only and does not apply to the rest of Brevard County. The City of Cocoa city limits can be found on our interactive district map.
This ordinance applies to every person working, living, visiting or doing business in the City of Cocoa while in a place that is open to the public, indoors or out. Places open to the public shall mean a place which the public has access, including, but not limited to, business establishments, public streets, public parks, common areas of buildings and properties, and such other places where the public is free to go.
Places open to the public shall mean a place which the public has access, including, but not limited to, business establishments, public streets, public parks, common areas of buildings and properties, and such other places where the public is free to go. Face coverings are required in any indoor location (excluding one’s home or residence) when not maintaining social distancing from other persons. Face coverings don’t need to be worn outdoors unless you can’t maintain a physical distance of six feet from others. If you can keep the physical distance, a face covering is not needed when you are outside walking, exercising, or otherwise outside.
A face covering shall not be required for the following persons:
The City of Cocoa relies on voluntary compliance with the provisions contained in the emergency ordinance requiring face coverings and will work with residents, business owners and visitors to educate and warn of the dangers of non-compliance.
The CDC has a page on their website dedicated to information regarding face masks including how to make a mask at home. Visit, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html for more information.
“Face Covering” shall mean a uniform piece of material, such as cotton, linen, polyester, that securely covers a person’s nose and mouth and remains affixed in place without the use of one’s hands, whether store bought or homemade, consistent with CDC guidelines. See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.
The ordinance does not require anyone to present any health information. Whether a business permits someone to enter their establishment is a decision for that particular business to make.
“Business Establishment” means a location with a roof overhead where business is conducted, goods are made or stored or processed or where services rendered. The term includes transportation network companies, such as Ubers and Lyft, vehicles operated for mass transit, jitneys, limousines for hire, rental cars, and other passenger vehicles for hire. The term also includes locations where non-profit, governmental, and institutional entities that facilitate public interactions and conduct business. Places of worship and other organized places of public assembly are also included in this term.
If you are exercising or doing some sort of physical activity while maintaining social distancing, you do not need to wear a mask.
All individuals in the city limits of Cocoa are required to wear a face covering consistent with CDC guidelines while in a public place if you are not able to maintain social distancing guidelines. Know and follow the CDC guidelines and wear a face covering to protect yourself and others.
There is currently no specific entity for reporting businesses that are not following the emergency order. If you have concerns about a business not following CDC guidelines, you should contact the management for that business directly to address those concerns. Ultimately, if you do not feel comfortable with the way a business is operating, you can choose not to patronize that particular business. We do however have a place for businesses to proudly display when they are following the CDC guidelines by submitting their name to our business pledge website.
Businesses can download a mask mandate sign on our website and display it in their place of business.
Face coverings are required to walk in to any establishment that is open to the public but any person eating or drinking is not required to wear a face covering.
Be courteous and kind! The individual may have a valid reason, including concerns for their own health and safety. Please do not shame or yell at people who are not wearing face coverings. Others may have breathing problems or health issues you do not know about. People who cannot wear a cloth face covering are not required to show proof of their medical condition nor are they required to name their medical condition.
For your own safety, do not confront or start an argument with individuals. Stay at least 6-feet away from people who are not wearing face coverings. You can call or talk to the business owner or manager about your concerns if you see staff or customers who are not wearing face covers in indoor public settings while not social distancing.
Yes. Face coverings are required while inside City facilities. If you choose to not wear a face covering, there are multiple ways you can still do business with the City of Cocoa virtually. You can visit the City’s COVID-19 web page for more information on how to contact the various departments.