CAYCE, S.C. (WIS) - The Cayce City Council has voted to enforce an emergency ordinance that would require citizens to wear face coverings or masks under certain circumstances within city limits.
The ordinance passed in a vote of 5-0.
The ordinance requires anyone over the age of 10 to wear a face mask or covering in buildings open to the general public. This would include restaurants, retail stores, salons, barbershops, grocery stores, medical and dental offices, and pharmacies among other facilities.
The ordinance also requires citizens to wear a face covering while in fitness centers and studios when they are not exercising.
The purpose of the ordinance is to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Also, employees of retail stores, salons, barbershops, grocery stores, medical and dental offices, fitness centers and studios, pharmacies and other businesses engaged in food preparation must wear a face covering while interacting with the public or other staff when social distancing by six feet cannot be done. Businesses may also use a separating barrier between the employee and the public.
The only exceptions to the ordinance are for people who cannot safely wear a mask due to their age or a medical issue, or if they cannot take off the mask by themselves.
Any citizen who does not comply with the ordinance will be fined up to $25. Each day the ordinance is violated will be a separate offense, according to the ordinance.
An employee who does not comply with the ordinance will be fined up to $100. Each day the ordinance is violated will be a separate offense, according to the ordinance. Also, repeated offenses by a person who owns, manages, operates, or controls a business under this ordinance may result in the revocation of the business’s occupancy permit or business license.
The ordinance goes into effect on July 10 beginning at 6 a.m. and would remain in place until it is repealed or expires on the 61st day following its enactment.
Read the full ordinance: