The Greenville emergency mask ordinance was scheduled to expire on April 10, but the city opted to extend the emergency mask requirement once again due to the persistently high COVID-19 cases in the area.
Greenville City Council voted unanimously on Thursday in a special called session to extend the city’s emergency mask ordinance for another 60 days.
The Council voted to extend the ordinance due to a spike in cases over the past ten days due to spring break and Easter.
Dr. Brannon Traxler, DHEC’s interim health director, says that the evidence and data show that wearing a mask reduces the virus’s spread.
Mayor Know White stated that the mask ordinance is meant to compliment existing vaccine programs, which the city strongly supports.
According to the council, this is the same ordinance that has been in force since last year. Face coverings must be worn within all business outlets inside city limits, according to the ordinance. Employees in hair salons, barber shops, spas, and nail salons must also wear masks when in close contact with customers.
The governor’s executive order for restaurant workers is also included in the ordinance. Employees must wear masks at all times, and customers must wear masks if they are not eating or drinking.