Summerville dismisses mask mandate citations against sandwich shop

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The town of Summerville has agreed to dismiss two mask ordinance citations against a downtown restaurant.

Town officials say Off The Chain Sandwich Shoppe became the first business to receive a citation for violating the town’s mask mandate on Dec. 31.

“The $153.75 citation was issued on December 31, 2020, after we received reports of the business not requiring masks that day. The business was cited again on January 5, 2021, with a $672.50 fine. Both citations are expected to be dismissed based on compliance with the town ordinance,” town officials confirmed Friday. “The Town owns the building of the business. The business could potentially be removed from the space if the business does not comply to the lease agreement.”

The town’s current mask ordinance is effective through January 14, and council members could vote to extend it further during a meeting that same day.

“The Town of Summerville takes the coronavirus pandemic very seriously. Town Council and staff have been transparent in making every reasonable effort to educate the public on the mask ordinance through our website and social media. Even though action from officials is sometimes necessary, preventing the spread of this deadly virus is most effective when people work together to protect their own health and those around them,” said a statement from town officials.

However, the sandwich shop’s owner is now calling on the community to contact council members and urge them to let the mandate expire and not to extend it.

“Basically, the town offered to drop the citations if we comply with their order. In an effort to maintain our business license and not forfeit our lease agreement, we complied,” said Off the Chain’s owner Dillon Zenobi in a statement. “Now we are calling on the citizens to contact their council members and urge them to let the mandate expire and not extend it. The vote is next Thursday. They begin their meeting at 6pm. We have been listening to our customers. They are exhausted and over it. Let’s see if the council members listen.”

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