Some states have mandated masks to be worn in all public places, but SC Governor Henry McMaster has left this decision to each individual city. As COVID-19 cases surge in SC, face mask protection is becoming more and more necessary. Here’s the 411 on when and where you need a mask in South Carolina.
In Beauford, Charleston, Clemson, Hilton Head, and Columbia, masks are required in restaurants, retail stores, grocery stores, and pharmacies. Sullivan’s Island is the first SC city to enforce masks to be worn in any and all public areas. Don’t see your city here? Read up about the local ordinances in places.
What happens if you choose to forgo wearing face protection? You risk receiving a $25 to $100 fine in some cities. Rules depending on whether the ticket goes toward a business or an individual also plays a role. As these new regulations roll out, it’s important to stay up to date on new information. For a comprehensive list of cities and when they being enforcing, visit the Post and Courier.
Do your due diligence and educate yourself on the rules and regulations within your city. With cases rising to total 44,000+ after the Fourth of July weekend, it’s likely we haven’t seen the last of face mask enforcement out of concerns for public safety.