Delray Beach: City lifts mandate on facial coverings but urges face mask use

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach officials clarified their position on wearing face masks at a special City Commission meeting on May 9.

City Manager George Gretsas had sent information the previous day saying Delray Beach was lifting both its curfew and its mandate on wearing facial coverings to fight the spread of coronavirus. The memo seemed to indicate it was OK not to wear a face mask.

On May 9, he said although the mandate was rescinded as a result of Palm Beach County entering a first phase of eased restrictions on businesses, the city should follow county and federal guidelines that recommend wearing face masks in public.

Four commissioners supported urging people to wear face masks in the city. Deputy Vice Mayor Shirley Johnson wanted the mandate  to stand.

Riders who use Freebee and its drivers will have to wear face masks, commissioners decided. Freebee is a free transportation service that operates mainly east of the interstate.

By requiring riders to wear face masks, the city will be in sync with the county’s rules for its public transportation system requiring the wearing of masks.

Commissioners also agreed that parking along Atlantic Avenue west of the bridge over the Intracoastal will remain free when businesses reopen Monday at 25% capacity. But there will be a time limit on how long people can park there. At an earlier meeting, commissioners decided to charge for parking along State Road A1A once beaches are reopened.

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Comment by Hobart Gapp on May 16, 2020 at 9:53am

Au contraire my dear Jane; I do have extensive medical experience.  I was previously involved with the Yerkes Primate Research Center program at the CDC in Atlanta.   I urge you to google it when time permits.  

I am equally sure that you have many valuable life experiences that helped shape your opinion.  I value and respect your contribution to this forum.  

Comment by Jane on May 14, 2020 at 7:19am

Obviously Mr Gapp does not have a medical background. Stay in Delray Beach and spread

your germs by not wearing a mask. Trump is crazy and no one should listen to him

Comment by Hobart Gapp on May 13, 2020 at 9:37pm

First Dr Fauchi told us not to wear masks.  Didn’t do any good he said.  Not necessary he said.  
Then commandant Fauchi told us to wear masks.  They offer protection from the Vid he said.  
What?  Which is it?  I think I’ll just wait until he changes his mind again and tells us we don’t need masks. 
Trump was crazy to put this guy in charge.  He’s just guessing.  

Comment by Jane on May 10, 2020 at 11:47am

Outrageous! I and other seniors will not patronize retail or restaurants in Delray Beach. Risk to public health!

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