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:
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.p