MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – A proclamation requiring face masks in pharmacies and grocery stores in the Town of Mount Pleasant expired at midnight on Wednesday.
Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie said he spoke with town council members and did not believe there was enough support to extend the requirement.
“The saving grace is that, hopefully, those most vulnerable are now vaccinated,” he said in a tweet Wednesday morning.
The proclamation was issued 90 days ago to cover the vaccine rollout. “The timing was close, though allotment has been slower than hoped,” he said. “Our local numbers were boosted by the town partnering with our local hospitals to conduct mass drive-through clinics and outreach efforts.”
Mayor Haynie said he encourages and supports businesses who implement their own mask requirements for the “safety of their team members and the public at large.”
He said there will be mask requirements at the upcoming Blessing of the Fleet – regardless of risk level or vaccination status – to enjoy the event.
“I especially urge citizens to encourage groceries and pharmacies to continue their own mask requirements due to the fact that many citizens are still at risk and need to enter these places to get vaccinated,” he said.
Meanwhile, the City of Charleston extended its mask ordinance with amendments through May 13 during a city council meeting Tuesday night.
The ordinance requires masks to be worn in certain circumstances when six feet of social distancing from others cannot be maintained.
An amendment to the ordinance strongly encourages masks to be worn in all public places but reduces the number of places where masks are required.