The city of Greenville has again extended its ordinance requiring face coverings for customers who frequent retail businesses within city limits.
The measure requires patrons to don masks in liquor stores, laundromats, dry cleaners and nearly all retail establishments, including sporting goods stores, furniture and home improvement stores and stores that sell clothing, jewelry, luggage, leather goods, books, crafts and any “supplies for household consumption or use.” Employees of these businesses are also required to wear masks.
The City Council approved the ordinance at its Dec. 14 meeting. It will expire after 61 days.
More than 220,000 coronavirus cases have been recorded in South Carolina as of Dec. 1 and nearly 4,500 people have died, according to language in the ordinance. The total number of cases in Greenville County has climbed to more than 24,000.
Anyone who fails to follow the ordinance faces a civil infraction punishable by a fine of no more than $25 for individuals and $100 for businesses.
Businesses aren’t required to enforce the requirement, but they are required to post signage in their establishments, according to the ordinance.
Residents can call 864-232-CARES to report violations.
City officials said Greenville police officers are conducting “spot checks” at downtown bars and restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies and stores inside Haywood Mall. No citations have been issued, but two warnings were given to employees who weren’t wearing masks.