CINCINNATI (Enquirer) - If you’re headed to Hilton Head Island this summer, be sure to pack a mask.
Hilton Head Island is another popular vacation spot that has made wearing a facial covering mandatory in light of the coronavirus pandemic, according to our media partners at the Enquirer.
“With the continued rise in coronavirus cases across South Carolina, our Town Council will be considering an ordinance to take a tougher stance on wearing masks in public,” Assistant Town Manager Josh Gruber said last week.
On Monday, a special town council meeting was called by Mayor John McCann for passage of the emergency ordinance that requires facial coverings for all employees and customers inside businesses such as grocery stores and restaurants.
The Island Packet reported that the measure passed. The ordinance is effective starting July 1.
“Municipalities across the state and country have adopted laws for wearing masks as a way to protect their residents and help curb the upward trend of coronavirus cases. With concerns the public has brought to the Town’s attention, Mayor McCann feels it’s time to address this,” Gruber said in a statement.
The emergency ordinance states that "there are currently large numbers of visitors to the Town" who patronize local businesses. Officials found that advice from the
Centers for Disease Control and state health officials encouraging face coverings "is not being widely followed within the municipal limits of the Town."
The ordinance said people must wear a face covering inside a “Commercial Business Establishment,” which means any establishment located in a closed building or other indoor environment that primarily sells or provides goods or services.
It includes grocery stores, restaurants, lobbies and public spaces in hotels, motels and timeshare complexes, pharmacies, bars, salons, retail stores, medical and dental offices.
Exceptions include any person who is unable to safely wear a face covering due to age, or an underlying health condition; persons eating or consuming food and beverages; and persons receiving medical care or treatment.
Anyone in violation will be found guilty of a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of up to $500 or 30 days in jail, according to the town code, the Island Packet reported.
Businesses who do not comply can be declared a nuisance and lose their business license.