North Charleston requiring face coverings in public places

North Charleston requiring face coverings in public places
City of North Charleston (Source: City of North Charleston)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Mayor Keith Summey has signed an emergency proclamation requiring face coverings in public places in North Charleston beginning Friday, July 3, 2020 at noon.

The ordinance states that people within the incorporated areas of the City of North Charleston are required to wear face coverings when they are in contact with other people who are not household members in indoor public places and indoor businesses where it is not possible to maintain a six-foot distance from others or where social distancing is not or cannot be practiced.

That includes while entering or inside any retail, restaurant, office or other business location, and while entering or inside any city or county government building.

Exemptions include outdoor or unenclosed areas where six-foot social distancing can be maintained, for those who cannot wear one due to a medical condition, children under the age of 5, patrons of restaurants while seated and dining/drinking and in private offices.

The full ordinance can be found below:

Section 1. Required Face Coverings. All persons who are present within the incorporated areas of the City of North Charleston are required to wear an appropriate face covering any time they are in contact with other persons who are not household members in indoor public places and indoor businesses where it is not possible to maintain a six-foot distance from others or where social distancing is not or cannot be being practiced. This includes the following:

  • While entering or inside any retail, restaurant, office or other business location;
  • While entering or inside any City or County Government building or facility;

All business and organizations within the City of North Charleston are required to comply with this Ordinance, which is applicable to patrons and employees.

Section 2. Exemptions. Face Coverings shall not be required:

  • in outdoor or unenclosed areas where six-foot social distancing can be maintained;
  • for those who cannot wear a face covering for medical reasons;
  • for children under five years old, provided that adults accompanying children age two to five shall use reasonable efforts to cause those children to wear Face Coverings where six-foot social distancing is not possible or observed;
  • for patrons of restaurants or similar locations while seated and dining or drinking, or while standing and maintaining a six-foot social distance;
  • in private offices;
  • in settings where it is not practical or feasible to use a face covering;
  • for public safety employees when it is not practical to wear a face covering.

Section 3. Enforcement.

1) A Uniform Ordinance Summons for violations of this Proclamation shall be written only to businesses or organizations that fail to attempt to enforce the Face Covering requirements. Operators of businesses and organizations are entitled to rely on their customers or patrons statements about whether they are exempted from the Face Covering requirements, and businesses and organizations do not violate this Ordinance if they rely on such statements.

2. This Face Covering Ordinance may not be enforced criminally against individual persons, but if a worker, customer, or patron of a business or organization fails and refuses, without good cause or good excuse, to leave immediately upon being ordered or requested to do so by the person in possession of the property or his agent or representative, such person may be charged with a violation of S.C. Code § 16-11-620 ('Entering premises after warning or refusing to leave on request").

Section 4. Expiration of Ordinance. This Proclamation shall remain in effect until such time as the Governor or Mayor rescind the general declaration of emergency related to Covid-19, unless sooner specifically terminated by City Council.

Section 5. Effective Date. Noon, July 3, 2020.

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