Sumter City Council passes mandatory mask ordinance to go into effect July 3

Edisto Beach leaders will meet on the issue Friday morning. The Isle of Palms will meet on...
Edisto Beach leaders will meet on the issue Friday morning. The Isle of Palms will meet on Friday afternoon to consider mandating face masks in retail and food places. Mount Pleasant is also meeting Friday afternoon.(Pexels)
Updated: Jul. 1, 2020 at 12:31 PM EDT
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SUMTER, S.C. (WIS) - Sumter’s City Council passed a mandatory mask ordinance Wednesday that will go into effect Friday, July 3 at 6 a.m.

The mandate says customers and employees of retail and food establishments must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth.

Council members said people who do not comply could be fined up to $50.

The following are some places where masks are not required, and exceptions to who has to wear a mask:

  • Outside or in unenclosed areas of stores and restaurants where people are social distancing at least six feet
  • Those with religious beliefs that prevent them from wearing a face covering
  • Those who cannot wear a face covering due to a medical or behavioral condition
  • Children younger than 8 -- though the ordinance urges adults with kids aged 2 to 7 to have their children wear a mask in stores and restaurants
  • People eating inside a restaurant (mask required while waiting for a table or ordering)
  • In private, individual offices
  • When complying with directions of law enforcement
  • In settings where it is not practical or feasible to wear a face covering -- like going to the dentist or swimming
  • While exclusively with members of a family or the same household

City Council will revisit the ordinance in 30 days.

Read the full ordinance below:

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