GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - Goose Creek City Council has voted down an ordinance that would would require citizens to wear a mask.
The vote was 4 to 3 against it.
The ordinance under consideration would have made it mandatory for people to wear a mask for the following conditions:
- When inside any building which is open to the public
- Waiting to enter a building open to the public
- Interacting with other people in outdoor spaces
- Engaging in business activities in public
- Using public or commercial transportation services
- Walking or operating any public, commercial, or industrial area where maintaining a distance of six feet between other people at all times is not possible
Failure to wear a mask in these circumstances would have resulted in a $25 fine. Children under 3 would not have to wear a mask if the resolution had passed.
Council did approve a resolution to “encourage” citizens to wear masks.
Before the Thursday night vote was taken, Mayor Greg Habib said it was “fair to say wearing a mask is better than not wearing a mask,” referring to the CDC’s guidance.
The latest numbers released by state health officials on Thursday reported 1,106 new cases of COVID-19 and 8 more deaths in South Carolina.
Dr. Linda Bell with the Department of Health and Environmental Control said with the new increase in cases reported this week, South Carolina is at a “critical junction.” There was a record high number of positive cases reported on Wednesday with 1,291 cases.
Bell said it was also a “disturbing fact” that South Carolinians traveling to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are now required to quarantine for 14 days.