State Attorney General Alan Wilson announced that local municipalities are allowed to pass an ordinance requiring masks to be worn in public.
Myrtle Beach: “We are considering it, however, it still has to be discussed with council,” Mayor Bethune said. The City of Myrtle Beach will discuss mask mandates in their July 2 workshop meeting. Read full story.
North Myrtle Beach: Mayor Marilyn Hatley says a mask mandate ordinance is being drafted and will be presented to council. She understands some people cannot wear masks due to health conditions, but the majority of people can wear them and should to prevent the spread of the virus. Hatley says the county needs to get on board for a city mandate to be effective.
Horry County: Chairman Johnny Gardner says a mask mandate is not on the docket for council, however, it could be added if council members would like to discuss. Gardner understands the Myrtle Beach mayor’s concerns about mandates not being uniform across the county if issued in the city. Gardner says a statewide mandate would be the easiest way to be uniform.
Conway: A mask mandate will be discussed with council, according to Mayor Barbara Blain-Bellamy. She said a mask mandate is absolutely necessary right now. You can share your thoughts by writing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 843-248-1760. Full story.
Florence: No current mandatory ordinance pending before council, however, the city is monitoring the situation daily and evaluating the mandatory face masks ordinances passed in Columbia and Greenville.
Surfside Beach: The town is not considering a mandate at this point. “Anything is up for reconsideration. As things develop, we may take reconsideration or keep things the way they are,” said Mayor Bob Hellyer.
Georgetown: Mayor Brendon Barber Sr. Says a mask mandate ordinance will be brought to council for review and discussion within the next few weeks. He says the 4th of July weekend will be telling if mandates will be passed or not.
Aynor: Town Manager Tony Godsey says a mask mandate discussion is happening within council, however, no decisions have been made at this time.
Darlington: Mayor Curtis Boyd says mask mandate discussions are not happening right now.
Hartsville: An emergency resolution to “encourage face coverings in certain circumstances” will be discussed at the city’s special council meeting on Tuesday, June 30.
Count on News13 as we work to gather more information.
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