Columbia is considering a mask requirement amid COVID-19 outbreak

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A man sanitizes a podium microphone in between speakers at the first meeting of accelerateSC, a group tasked with advising Gov. Henry McMaster on reopening the state’s economy amid the new coronavirus outbreak, on Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Leaders in South Carolina’s capital city are mulling a requirement that people wear masks in public during the continuing coronavirus outbreak.

While not passing a formal ordinance, the Columbia City Council took up the notion Tuesday, saying members would take public comment and perhaps vote during a later meeting.

Earlier this month, state health officials issued a statement calling on South Carolinians to adhere to mask and social distancing recommendations.

According to the Columbia proposal, anyone 10 and older would be required to wear a mask in public buildings, in public outdoor spaces where they’re interacting with others, and while using public transportation or ride-sharing services.

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