Isle of Palms, City of Beaufort not extending face mask ordinance

Isle of Palms, City of Beaufort not extending face mask ordinance
The city’s existing ordinance requiring the use of face masks by employees and patrons of retail and food establishments will expire on May 12, 2021, according to city officials. (Source: Storyblocks)

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCSC) - The Isle of Palms City Council have decided not to extend the city’s mask ordinance.

The city’s existing ordinance requiring the use of face masks by employees and patrons of retail and food establishments will expire on May 12, 2021, according to city officials.

Officials with the City of Beaufort also announced that their mask ordinance will expire at 11:59 p.m. on April 30.

“City Council, at its Regular Meeting tonight, passed an emergency ordinance strongly encouraging individuals to continue to wear masks in buildings opened to the public going forward,” city officials said Tuesday night.

Beaufort city officials released the following additional information.

The City continues to seek guidance from doctors and leadership at Beaufort Memorial Hospital as it modifies its emergency ordinances related to Covid-19. Vaccines are readily available in Beaufort County for anyone 16 years old or above, and the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control estimates that 48% of Beaufort County residents (in that age range) have received at least one vaccine. The number of new cases of Covid in the county has also dropped significantly.

The new ordinance specifies that restaurants and retail establishments can continue to require their employees to wear masks. Business owners can also set their own policies requiring customers  to wear masks. The City of Beaufort will continue to require members of the public to wear masks when coming to City Hall, the Police Department, or other City buildings. Municipal Court is also requiring masks.

Beaufort County and the Town of Bluffton no longer have a mandatory mask mandate. The Town of Port Royal’s mandatory mask ordinance is set to expire April 30.

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