Beaufort City Council to consider a mask ordinance Monday

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Council will address topic in emergency session

From staff reports

Beaufort City Council will hold an emergency meeting at 10 a.m. Monday, June 29, to consider an emergency ordinance to require face coverings for the public in buildings within City limits that are open to the public. The ordinance would also require that employees in such establishments wear a mask.

The ordinance would require all people entering any building open to the public in the City to wear a face covering while inside the building.

In addition, all restaurants, retail establishments of every description, salons, grocery stores, and pharmacies in the municipal limits of the City shall require their employees to wear a face covering at all times that the employees are in any area where the general public is allowed or when the employees must be in close proximity to one another.

This requirement also applies to all persons providing or utilizing public or commercial transportation, including tours, and all businesses or employees while interacting with people in outdoor spaces, including, but not limited to, curbside pickup, delivery, and service calls.

If passed, the ordinance would become effective 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, June 30.

The ordinance is being considered as cases of Covid-19 continue to increase quickly in both South Carolina and Beaufort County.

The emergency meeting will be conducted electronically via Zoom and live-streamed on the City’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CityBeaufortSC/.

Public comment can be made via Facebook, or emailed ahead of the meeting to City Clerk Ivette Burgess at iburgess@cityofbeaufort.org.

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