Miramar, FL – Miramar City Manager, Vernon Hargray issued an amended and restated Order effective 12:01 a.m. on April 13, 2020 requiring individuals to wear a nose and mouth covering in public. This includes all employees and customers of grocery stores, hardware stores, pharmacies and restaurants. All individuals providing delivery services are also required to wear a form of covering over their noses and mouths while making deliveries.City Manager Hargray stated, “COVID-19 continues to be a concern due to increases in the number of positive cases within the City of Miramar. In order to limit its potential community spread, it is now necessary for the City to implement further restrictions for the general health, safety, and welfare of the community.”This follows the “Safer at Home” order issued by the City on March 27th, advising residents to stay home. This is in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation that everyone “wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain”.These coverings include a face mask, homemade mask, or other cloth covering, such as a scarf, bandana, handkerchief or other similar cloth covering. In addition to the requirements applicable to grocery stores, hardware stores, pharmacies and restaurants, employees and customers of all other essential retail and commercial establishments are strongly encouraged to wear a form of covering over the nose and mouth. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.All essential retail and commercial establishments are strongly encouraged to implement policies for employees to use other personal protective equipment, such as gloves, subject to the availability of such items.The order does not apply to any outdoor activity permitted under any applicable City, County, or State order, but applies to persons providing delivery services.Employees or customers are not restricted from accessing any essential retail or commercial establishment to address any emergency or other exigent circumstance, even if a covering over the nose and mouth is not readily accessible at the time of such emergency or other exigent circumstance.Medical and surgical face masks, such as “N95” masks or other similar medical or surgical masks, are in short supply and should be reserved for healthcare personnel and other first responders with the greatest need for such personal protective equipment. Persons are encouraged to review and comply with the CDC and Florida Department of Health guidelines on personal protective equipment, including with respect to the use of a medical or surgical face mask, such as an “N95” mask or other similar medical or surgical mask.All essential businesses are encouraged, subject to availability of necessary sanitizingproducts, to:Provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers for use by customers and employees;Provide disinfecting wipes at points of entrance, cash registers, and/or other appropriate locations, for customers to disinfect carts, shopping baskets, or point of sale terminals, or, alternatively designate staff responsible for disinfecting carts, shopping baskets, point of sale terminals, and other areas as frequently as possible; andImplement procedures for custodial or janitorial staff to sanitize frequent touchpoints throughout the day, including point of sale terminals at registers, conveyor belts, door handles, door plates, shelves, and other appropriate locations.The provisions of this Emergency Order may be enforced within the boundaries of the City of Miramar by the City’s law enforcement agency, as well as the City’s Code Enforcement Officers. Individuals not in compliance may be subject to a notice to appear in county court, a civil citation, or an arrest.
WESTERN BUREAU:Businessman Ryan Keating, through his Progressive Group, has vowed to stay on as title sponsor of the Trelawny FA Under-17 youth football league.This follows Sunday’s thrilling final between Clarks Town and Village United at the Elleston Wakeland Centre in Falmouth.”The plan we have moving forward is to continue our sponsorship with the association, to help develop and unearth good, talented youngsters from this parish,” Keating said.”We really cannot complain about what we witnessed in this our first season as sponsors. There were some obvious glitches, but that was expected. It’s work in progress, and we are happy with the standard of most teams and the discipline of the players,” he added.Village United were crowned champions after tagging Clarks Town 2-1, thanks to a brace from their class striker, Shaquille James.First goalThe youngster fired home his first in the 55th minute, and added his second at the 68th minute after rounding the advancing Clarks Town goalkeeper, who was left to play almost as a sweeper – with his central defenders badly out of position – then walked the ball to the goal line before booting into the empty goal.Clarks Town did celebrate a goal, when Kirk Brown brought them temporarily back into the match with a 66th-minute equaliser at the back-end of a beautiful build-up. But his strike and celebration was short-lived.Village had more to shout about, as their midfielder, Charles Grant, was named the league’s Most Valuable Player, while Tavayne Kerr of beaten semi-finalists Harmony FC, scorer of nine goals, won the Golden Boot award.Dean Ellis, Village United’s head coach, was full of praise for his youngsters.”This is a great way to close out the season. I hope the players learn plenty from their time out in the field. Some of us will not be here next season, but others will remain, and some will come in,” said Ellis.”I hope that we will be strong enough to retain the title when that time comes around, but right now, I am delighted with the achievement,” he added.