City of Columbia to require face masks during football games, crowded outdoor spaces

Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 6:21 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2021 at 7:15 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The University of South Carolina announced Wednesday it will be requiring the use of face coverings in all public spaces.

The announcement extends to crowded outdoor spaces, such as Williams-Brice Stadium during games, busy sidewalks, and other popular outdoor areas where it is impractical or impossible to maintain six feet of distance at all times.

The decision comes in correlation with the emergency ordinance approved by the City of Columbia to require face coverings in all public spaces. Those who do not adhere to the ordinance could face a fine of no more than $100.

The ordinance also states that people entering a commercial establishment, or establishment open to the public in the city, must wear a face covering while inside unless eating or drinking.

Face coverings will not be required in the following circumstances:

  • In personal vehicles
  • When a person is alone in enclosed spaces; during outdoor physical activity, provided the active person maintains a minimum of six (6) feet from other people at all times.
  • When a person is alone or only with other household members
  • While drinking, eating, or smoking
  • When wearing a face-covering causes or aggravates a health condition
  • When wearing a face covering would prevent the receipt of personal services
  • When a person is five years of age or younger

The ordinance will remain in effect for 30 days. It began on Wednesday, September 8.

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