Are there exceptions to wearing a face covering?

A face covering shall not be required for the following persons:

  • Persons under the age of 2 years are not required to wear a mask under any circumstances. If a person is under the age of 6 years, use of a face covering shall be left to the discretion of that person’s parent, guardian or accompanying adult. 
  • Persons observing and maintaining social distancing from other persons in accordance with CDC guidelines at outdoor locations. 
  • Persons within a motor vehicle, except if the motor vehicle is being used as a vehicle-for-hire then the vehicle constitutes a business establishment. 
  • Persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing documented or demonstrable health condition or disability. It is the intent of this provision that persons unable to tolerate a face covering for medical, sensory or any other health condition which makes it difficult to utilize a face covering and function in public are not required to wear a face covering. Additionally, it is further intent of this provision that persons having trouble breathing, unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance are not required to wear a face covering. 
  • Persons working in a business establishment who are in an area not open to the public or who are not interacting face-to-face with the public. However, this exception does not apply to employees of the business establishment who are present in the kitchen or other food and beverage preparation area of a business establishment. 
  • Persons working in, or patrons of, a business establishment where use of a face covering would prevent them from performing the duties or receiving the services of the business establishment. 
  • Persons exercising, while maintaining social distancing. 
  • Persons eating or drinking. 
  • Public safety, fire, and other life safety and health care personnel utilizing their personal protective equipment required by their respective agencies. 
  • A person speaking with another individual who is hearing impaired where the hearing impaired individual needs to observe the person’s mouth in order to understand what is spoken. City of Cocoa Ordinance No. 13-2020 
  • Persons for whom a face covering would conflict with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). 
  • Students and persons at any location under the control of the school shall be governed by the school’s policy regarding face coverings when such students and persons are on school campus. 
  • Persons in a lodging establishment who is inside of the lodging unit including, but not limited to, a hotel room, motel room, bed & breakfast room, vacation rental unit, timeshare unit or similar lodging unit.

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1. Why is the City of Cocoa requiring me to wear a mask in public?
2. When did the emergency ordinance requiring face coverings go in to effect and when will it expire?
3. What are the City limits of Cocoa? Does this apply to all of Brevard County?
4. Who is required to wear a face covering?
5. Where are face coverings required?
6. Are there exceptions to wearing a face covering?
7. How will this ordinance be enforced?
8. If I don't have a mask, where can I get one?
9. What is a face covering defined as?
10. What do I need to present to businesses if I fall into an exception category for the emergency ordinance?
11. Are government entities or non-profits exempt?
12. Do I need to wear a mask when I am exercising?
13. Do I need to wear a mask if I am simply walking down the street?
14. How do I report a business that is not following the emergency ordinance requiring patrons to wear face coverings?
15. What can I do as a business owner to help enforce this ordinance?
16. Do I have to wear a face covering while I am eating?
17. What should I do if I see someone without a face covering?
18. Are face coverings required to come inside a City facility?