Extended Mount Pleasant mask ordinance with tighter rules fails to pass

Updated: Sep. 1, 2020 at 4:48 PM EDT
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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - Mount Pleasant Town Council failed to pass an extended version of the town’s face mask requirements which would have tightened the rules.

Council voted 5 to 4 against the ordinance on Tuesday afternoon.

The town’s resolution, which supports wearing face masks and was adopted in July, remains in effect. Council had discussed making the penalty for not wearing a mask a misdemeanor, and requiring all employees inside restaurants and bars, by law, to wear a mask.

The most recent mask ordinance in Mount Pleasant expired this past Sunday.

The draft ordinance was read at Tuesday’s meeting. The ordinance stated the penalty would have been a misdemeanor for not wearing a mask, which is a more serious crime than it was before.

But on Monday, the Police, Judicial and Legal committee voted to recommend to Council that mask violations remain civil penalties. So, the town council discussed it further on Tuesday before voting.

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