‘Effective immediately’ Mount Pleasant Town Council approves new mask mandate

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UPDATE: MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – Mount Pleasant Town Council met Tuesday afternoon to decide if a mask ordinance will be put back into place.

With a majority vote, 5 to 4, council voted in favor of passing the new mandate, which means masks will be required in grocery stores, pharmacies, and town buildings and facilities.

The ordinance is effective immediately.

As we’ve seen during the past few town council meetings, many showed up to give their opinions. The room was even split into ‘mask wearers’ and ‘non-mask wearers.’

There was very little discussion among councilmembers before the vote. Councilmember Kathy Landing felt she needed to clarify a few things.

“We have heard repeatedly things that are simply not correct. There is not a single person on this council that I know of that has said publicly or otherwise that they are against masks. What we have done is voted differently about government’s role in this matter,” she said.

The decision to pass the mask mandate was supported by many including one Mount Pleasant health professional. “We are still seeing a lot of asymptomatic patients come through, so there are people out there in the community that don’t know that they are carrying it and the only way to prevent that transmission is for them to wear a mask and for you to wear mask,” said Melissa Munsell with Roper St. Francis Healthcare.

Others walked away frustrated, feeling that the mask mandate is a government overstep.

The mask mandate will expire in 61 days unless earlier revoked by council.

ORIGINAL: MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – Face masks could soon be required again in the Town of Mount Pleasant.

A final reading for the new face mask mandate is expected during a special meeting Tuesday afternoon.

If approved, you would be required to wear a mask or face covering in grocery stores, pharmacies, and town buildings.

People who work in restaurants, bars, retail establishments, salons, grocery stores, and pharmacies would also be required to wear masks while interacting with the public.

Earlier this month, Town Council failed to pass an extension of the face mask ordinance by a 5 to 4 vote.

The decision caused an uproar in the community from people both in favor of the mask and those against it. Two petitions also began to circulate calling for town council to either reinstate the mandate or vote against it.

“Go ahead, vote for the mask mandate…see what happens. You’ve been warned,” said one resident during a council meeting last week.

“This is a public health issue. One that unfortunately, when you’re wrong about it, you cost people their lives,” said another.

The new ordinance passed by a 5 to 4 vote during a special meeting on September 9th. The final reading of that ordinance is expected to happen around 2:30 p.m.

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