The city of Greenville has again extended its ordinance requiring face coverings for customers who frequent certain businesses within city limits.
Unlike previous versions of the ordinance, which required face masks in grocery stores and pharmacies, the current ordinance takes it a step further, requiring 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.”
The City Council approved the ordinance at its Oct. 12 meeting. It will expire after 61 days.
Under the ordinance, retail establishments, salons, barber shops and spas in the city must also require their employees to wear a face covering in face-to-face interaction with the public.
More than 152,000 coronavirus cases have been recorded in South Carolina as of Oct. 4, and nearly 3,500 people have died, according to language in the ordinance. The total number of cases in Greenville has climbed to more than 15,000.
Meanwhile, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control has said that 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.
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.
Those who aren’t able to wear a face covering due to age or an underlying health condition are exempt from the ordinance.