The city of Greenville has extended its ordinance requiring face coverings for anyone who ventures inside a grocery store or pharmacy in city limits.
The 61-day extension was unanimously approved by Greenville City Council on Monday, Aug. 24.
As of Aug. 23, the county has recorded nearly 11,600 confirmed coronavirus cases with estimated cases numbering close to 69,000. Statewide, more than 111,202 cases and 2,387 deaths been confirmed, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
According to the state health department, jurisdictions with mask requirements in place have shown a 46% greater decrease in coronavirus cases over a four-week period compared to jurisdictions that don’t. Gov. Henry McMaster has also urged local governments to enact measures requiring face masks to prevent the spread of the virus.
City officials said grocery stores and pharmacies were singled out because people have no choice but to shop there for essential items.
All restaurants, retail stores, salons, barber shops, grocery stores and pharmacies must also require their employees to wear a face covering in face-to-face interaction with the public under the ordinance.
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.
Those who aren’t able to wear a face covering due to age or an underlying health condition are exempt from the ordinance.