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Miami Forms Police Unit To Hunt Down, Impose $500 Fine on Those Not Wearing Masks

What first sounded like a kooky conspiracy theory is quickly becoming a sound observation: Face mask mandates meant to stop the spread of coronavirus are eroding personal liberty at an alarming pace.

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Such is the case in Miami-Dade County, Florida, where the Board of County Commissioners have passed an emergency ordinance to crack down on the unmasked by flooding the streets with additional enforcement personnel and slapping violators with fines, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Republican Mayor Carlos Gimenez applauded the measure, which passed unanimously on July 16, imposing fines of $100 for individuals and $500 for businesses who are non-compliant with the face mask mandate, as well as authorizing fire and code inspectors to issue tickets for violators.

“This is an all-hands-on-deck approach. We need to have not just police officers, but all inspectors — our code inspectors, our fire inspectors — on deck to enforce the rules we know people are not complying with,” Gimenez said.

In other words, in a major metropolitan area that has its share of real crime, police and inspectors will canvass the streets to make sure everyone is wearing the requisite piece of cloth on their faces.

“We’re going to put a heck of a lot of people out there,” Gimenez reportedly told commissioners. “Our people are going to go everywhere.”

The mayor posted his praises on Twitter the day the ordinance passed, not only publicizing the fines and enforcement efforts but also holding out the promise of a “return to normal life” as the proverbial carrot on a stick in case fines and veiled threats of lockdowns were not enough.

“I applaud @MiamiDadeBCC’s unanimous decision to make the violation of our masks order a civil infraction,” Gimenez tweeted.

“This allows code enforcement officers to issue citations to those who don’t comply with the emergency order in @MiamiDadeCounty, helping police with this task.”

“The faster we comply with these rules the faster we can return to normal life and get our economy rolling again” — that’s how Gimenez phrased the “comply or else” ultimatum.

“More details on this will be forthcoming,” he wrote.

Many rightly called out the mayor for his attack on personal liberty with the new ordinance.

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