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.
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.