On Monday night, Travelers Rest city leaders voted to extend the mask mandate for another 60 days. City council members voted 6-3 despite Gov. Henry McMaster’s decision last week to lift the statewide mask mandates for restaurants and state properties.
“Most of you are probably aware that the governor has recently rescinded portions of his emergency order,” City Administrator Eric Vinson told the council in the virtual meeting. “That in no way impacts our ability to continue to pass a local emergency ordinance that requires masks.”
The City Ordinance has been in effect since July 2020 requiring face coverings within pharmacies, grocery stores, restaurants, and retailers.
Over the course of the mandate’s existence, the Travelers Rest Police Department confirmed issuing no tickets to ordinance violators. Nonetheless, the ordinance is deemed effective by the majority of city officials.
In a news release, Mayor Amidon stated that she would continue to listen to health experts when making future decisions about the mask ordinance.