CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The City of Charleston will discuss the reintroduction of face coverings on Tuesday, the emergency ordinance will include schools, daycares, and government buildings.
On Tuesday, Charleston City Council is expected to meet and vote on the emergency ordinance.
Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg expresses support for the ordinance and encourages other council members to do the same.
“Nobody likes masking up, but with new cases and deaths both rising at an alarming rate, it’s critical for our city to follow CDC guidelines to get this delta surge under control,” Tecklenburg says.
At a press conference last week, Governor McMaster said that schools should not have to mandate the use of face coverings and that “it ought to be up to the parent.”
With more adults and children being diagnosed with COVID-19, cases are pushing Charleston hospitals to capacity.
In addition, the Center for Disease Control and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has continued to urge the use of face-coverings to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19, however, many have stopped wearing masks, which adds to hospitals being overcrowded.
Depending on the voting result, everyone within the City of Charleston, ages 2 and up, will have to wear face coverings in all city facilities, including public and private schools, and daycares.
City of Charleston Code Enforcement officers will then check for compliance with the ordinance as it will be unlawful for any person to disobey.
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