In an emergency meeting on Thursday evening, Charleston City Council approved an emergency ordinance requiring face coverings in public areas throughout the city of Charleston to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. The ordinance will go into effect Wednesday, July 1 and will remain in effect for 60 days.
The ordinance will affect those within the city limits. Unsure of where those lie? Check out this map.
So when will masks be required?
○ Inside public buildings and public and private businesses, including but not limited to restaurants, retail stores, salons, barber shops, grocery stores, and pharmacies
○ Interacting with others outdoors within six feet of each other
○ Public and private transportation, including tours
○ Walking in public when it isn’t possible to maintain six feet of distance from others
○ While participating in permitted gatherings
When do I not need to wear a mask?
○ In personal vehicles
○ In an enclosed space when you’re only with members of your household
○ During outdoor physical activity, as long as you maintain six feet of distance from others
○ While eating, drinking or smoking
○ If you have an underlying health condition
The ordinance also requires all grocery store, restaurant, pharmacy, retail store and salon employees to wear a mask at all times when interacting with the public.
Those who are unable to wear a mask due to age, an underlying health condition or cannot remove the mask without assistance are exempt from the ordinance.
The ordinance is a fine-only offense and will be enforced primarily by educational efforts by civilian officers with the city’s Livability Department. After a warning, violating the ordinance will be punishable as a civil infraction with a fine of $50.
Additionally, the City Council voted to extend the COVID-19 state of emergency currently in effect in the city of Charleston until July 15.
View the entire ordinance here.
Don’t have a mask? Learn how to make your own here.