Literal MASK POLICE Now Patrolling Streets of THIS US City

When it comes to preventing the spread of coronavirus, most experts agree that wearing a facial covering does indeed help…the only problem is how best to compel us to do so.

This is America, after all, and the land of the free.  We’re a stubborn bunch who really doesn’t like being told what to do by the government.  That’s why in states such as Georgia, the governor is suing a city’s mayor over her attempts to mandate the use of such masks.

In Florida, where coronavirus appears to be peaking again, there are now literal “mask police” roaming the streets.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez announced the updated mask order on July 1, requiring masks “in all public spaces inside and outdoors throughout Miami-Dade County.” The order essentially expanded on his April mask order, requiring coverings to be worn outdoors “with few exceptions.”

Penalties for non-compliance include up to $500 in fines or jail time.

City officials are now looking to ramp up enforcement, reportedly dedicating a team of 39 police officers to back the mandate, according to the Sun-Sentinel. The first three offenses will come with a fine of $50, $100, and $500 depending on if it was a first, second, or third violation. After that, the individual can face jail time.

Florida’s swift reopening was likely influenced by the all-important tourism lobby, which needed to bring out-of-towners back into the Sunshine State in order keep itself afloat.

They may soon pay the price, however.