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On May 9, he said although the mandate was rescinded as a result of Palm Beach County entering a first phase of eased restrictions on businesses, the city should follow county and federal guidelines that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