Conway City Council passes mask ordinance


CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) — The City of Conway passed a mask ordinance during Monday’s council meeting.

The ordinance states “all persons entering a commercial establishment determined to be essential in the city must wear a face covering while inside the establishment.”

The proposal does not apply to religious establishments, however it is still recommended.

Face coverings are not required in the following circumstances:

  • In personal vehicles
  • When person is alone in enclosed spaces, during outdoor physical activity, provided the person maintains six feet from others
  • Person is alone with only other household members
  • Drinking, eating, or smoking
  • When face covering causes or aggravates a health condition
  • When wearing a face covering would prevent to receipt of personal services
  • When a person is 8 years of age or younger

Anyone who fails to comply with paragraph one of the ordinance (can be read in full below) can be fined up to $25. Anyone who fails to comply with paragraph two of the ordinance can be fined up to $100, with each continuing day counting as a separate violation. Repeated violations from a person who “owns, manages, operates, or otherwise controls a business” can have occupancy permits or business licenses revoked or suspended.

The ordinance went into effect at 8:00 p.m. Monday and will expire at 9:00 a.m. August 4.

Mayor Barbara Blain-Bellamy announced her support for a mandate two weeks ago after she and her husband contracted COVID-19.

“I could’ve died,” Blain-Bellamy said. “And others, probably me included, still could die,” she explained.

“I don’t believe that everyday for the rest of our lives COVID is going to have such a strong impact, but I do believe today is our opportunity to stop it in its tracks,” Blain-Bellamy said.

A mandate is necessary, Blain-Bellamy told News13. “You are either a part of the solution or a part of the problem,” she said.

This ordinance follows the lead of unincorporated Horry County, North Myrtle Beach, and Myrtle Beach.

Horry County set another record for positive COVID-19 tests on Saturday, with 358 new cases. Hospitals have also warned about a spike in patients, but the number of occupied beds has dropped in recent days.  

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has rejected calls for a statewide mask mandate, citing concerns about enforcement.

Read the full ordinance below:

Council also passed a resolution encouraging everyone to wear a mask.

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