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North Charleston requiring face coverings

Staff Report //July 6, 2020//

North Charleston requiring face coverings

Staff Report //July 6, 2020//

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North Charleston has joined a slate of small and large local municipalities and counties requiring masks to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

Mayor Keith Summey issued an proclamation on Thursday requiring face coverings in the state’s third-largest city.

The proclamation, which has an indefinite expiration, requires face coverings inside the city when outside of your home and where social distancing of at least 6 feet isn’t possible. The order specifically mentions retail locations, restaurants, offices, other businesses, and all government buildings and facilities.

For weeks, North Charleston workers have been distributing tens of thousands of masks to vulnerable residents and communities across the city.

Enforcement for businesses will be a summons to appear in court, the order reads, but businesses are not expected to enforce the mask ordinance on their customers, who can claim several exemptions:

  • Outside, unenclosed areas where social distancing of at least 6 feet is possible.
  • Those who cannot wear masks for medical reasons.
  • Children under five, as long as accompanying adults use reasonable efforts to cover the faces of children from 2 to 5 when social distancing isn’t possible.
  • Customers at food and beverage establishments are exempt when dining, sitting, eating or drinking, or while standing if social distance of 6 feet is maintained.
  • Private offices are exempt.
  • Settings where it is not “practical or feasible” to wear face coverings.
  • Public safety workers are not required to wear face coverings where not practical.

Not all municipalities have a face-covering law and some encourage masks but do not require them. Check with your local town and city to ensure you’re in compliance with the regulations there.