Mask Mandate Heads To Florida Supreme Court

FOX35 ORLANDO – After months of legal wrangling across Florida about mask requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, a challenge to a Palm Beach County mask mandate has gone to the state Supreme Court.

Opponents of the mandate have filed a notice that is a first step in asking the Supreme Court to consider arguments that the Palm Beach County mandate is unconstitutional, according to documents posted Thursday on the Supreme Court website.

The move came after a panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal on Jan. 27 upheld a circuit judge’s refusal to block the mask requirement … 

While justices do not have to take up the case, it could become a test for challenges to mask requirements in the state.

For example, the 1st District Court of Appeal heard arguments in November in a challenge to an Alachua County mask requirement, though it has not issued a ruling.

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Palm Beach County issued an emergency order in June that required face coverings to be worn at businesses and government facilities, on public transportation and in other public places where social distancing is not possible.

The order, which has been extended several times, includes exceptions to the mask requirement for such things as eating, according to the appeals court.

Days after the order was issued, five residents filed a lawsuit seeking a temporary injunction … CLICK SOURCE BELOW TO READ MORE. 

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Counterfeit N95 masks are flooding the market — here’s how to tell if yours is fake

Cory Stieg, Feb 18 2021

CNBC – More than 11 million counterfeit 3M N95 masks have been seized by the Department of Homeland Security in recent weeks.

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The recently confiscated masks were headed for frontline healthcare workers who rely on N95 respirators to protect them from getting infected with and transmitting the coronavirus when interacting with Covid patients.

While the Centers for Disease Control still recommends reserving N95 masks for frontline healthcare workers and medical first responders, at this point, much of the general public are buying N95 masks for personal use.

N95 masks create a seal that filters 95% of airborne particles when properly fitted.

With so many counterfeit N95 masks on the market, inadvertently using them could give healthcare workers and the public a dangerous false sense of security.

Here’s how to tell if your N95 respirator is fake:

Check the markings on the mask

The markings on the outside of an N95 respirator are key — a blank N95 is a red flag that it’s inauthentic.

First, make sure that the mask has the “NIOSH” logo or acronym in block letters, which indicates that it’s been approved by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, according to the CDC.

Check that NIOSH is spelled correctly … READ MORE. 

 

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