KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (WCBD) – Face mask requirements and some COVID-19 safety protocols have expired in the Town of Kiawah Island.
During a council meeting on Thursday, town leaders discussed Governor Henry McMaster’s recent executive order regarding COVID-19 and decided to immediately end town-mandated requirements for face-coverings, essential businesses, and restaurant protocols regarding spacing between diners or congregating in bar areas.
Councilmembers say the move brings them in alignment with Gov. McMaster’s order that withdrew face-covering requirements for state government agencies and revoked any counties, municipalities, or other political subdivisions from continuing to require face-coverings within their jurisdiction.
However, they say Gov. McMaster’s order explicitly allows private entities and businesses to adopt their own face-covering requirements and encouraged private entities and businesses to consider adopting a face-covering requirement for their establishment.
“The Town strongly encourages the public to continue to wear face-coverings in public places where social distancing is difficult and take appropriate precautions to protect themselves until the threat of COVID-19 subsides or until they have obtained their vaccinations,” the town said.