Summerville passes ordinance for face masks to be worn in retail, food service businesses

Updated: Jun. 29, 2020 at 9:01 PM EDT
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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - The Town of Summerville has passed an ordinance requiring the public to wear face coverings in retail and food service establishments.

It goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on July 1 through 11:59 p.m. on July 9.

All customers are required to wear face coverings while inside the enclosed area of any retail and food service establishment, and must wear one when entering any public building in town.

People must also wear a face mask when walking in public where maintaining a six-feet distance is not possible.

In addition, employees must wear faces masks for retail establishments including restaurants, retail stores, salons, barber shops, grocery stores, pharmacies or other buildings open to the public.

Exemptions include outdoor or unenclosed areas in which social distancing of at least six feet is possible, for those who cannot wear one due to a medical condition, children under 12 years old, patrons while they are dining/drinking/eating, employees who are separated from customers by a plexiglass or glass shield, settings where it is not practical like swimming, with family members, and emergency responders engaged in an emergency situation.

Violators could received a fine of $25.

Town officials say food service establishments are those within town that sells prepared food on a delivery, carry out or drive-through bases. Retail establishments means any retail businesses or establishment including grocery stores, convenience stores, any other business in the retail sale of non-prepared food.

“The vote was made in the best interest of public health and out of an abundance of caution in helping to reduce risk of exposure to the coronavirus disease 2019,” town officials said.

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