SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - The Town of Summerville has extended an ordinance requiring the public to wear face coverings in establishments including retail and food service businesses.
The ordinance was set to end Thursday, however town council voted to extend it to August 13.
The ordinance passed on Thursday night requires all people to wear face coverings while inside retail and food service establishments, professional, or any other establishment where face-to-face interaction occurs.
The use of a mask is also required 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.
The vote was made during council’s meeting, and town officials said it was in the best interest of public health and out of an abundance of caution in helping to reduce risk of exposure to the coronavirus.