Face masks required in Orangeburg starting July 3, city council decides

Face masks required in Orangeburg starting July 3, city council decides
Face masks will be required in Orangeburg's food and retail establishments beginning at 6 a.m. Friday. (Source: Gage Cureton)

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WIS) - Orangeburg City Council members voted to enact a face mask ordinance beginning Friday, July 3.

Face masks will be required in food and retail establishments beginning at 6 a.m. Friday.

Visitors and employees of these businesses must all wear masks, the ordinance says. However, there are some exceptions.

Under the following conditions, the public does not have to wear a mask:

  • People with underlying health conditions
  • Children under the age of 10
  • Those unable to wear a mask due to religious reasons
  • In outdoor business areas where social distancing is possible
  • While alone in private offices
  • While eating in restaurants (but not while waiting or ordering)
  • In settings where wearing a mask isn’t practical or feasible -- like swimming or while visiting the dentist
  • While only with others in your household

People who do not comply with Orangeburg’s mask ordinance could be fined $25 for each day of noncompliance. Businesses that do not comply can face a $100 fine each day.

The ordinance will remain in effect for 61 days -- until Sept. 2, 2020.

Read the entire ordinance below:

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