The City of Spartanburg mask ordinance that went into effect in June, has been extended at tonight’s City Council meeting. This extension will go into effect for another 60 days.
South Carolina DHEC recently released data indicating that places with mask mandates saw a 46% decline in new covid-19 cases within 4 weeks of the requirement.
The City Council members unanimously voted to require masks at that meeting, effective starting Monday, June 29th.
City of Spartanburg Mask Ordinance
The Spartanburg mask ordinance includes:
- Requires masks be utilized at pharmacies, public transport, and grocery stores within the city limits by patrons.
- Mandates the wearing of masks by employees at restaurants, retail stores, barbershops, hair salons, and pharmacies within city limits.
- Includes the recommendation of masks for people at all other businesses barring legitimate health reasons that prohibit them from doing so.
- Non-compliance could result in a $25 citation for patrons and a $100 citation for businesses.
The ordinance includes language that would permit the loss of a business permit for those that don’t enforce mask-wearing within their grocery store or pharmacy.
It’s our aim to encourage the public affected by the ordinance to take this responsibility seriously, and comply.Chris Story, Spartanburg City Manager
Some of the locations included in the requirement that fall within the city limits include
- The Walmart Supercenter at Dorman Center
- The Walmart Supercenters at Hillcrest
- Publix in the Hillcrest Market Place
- Aldi – 1605 East Main Street
- The Fresh Market – 1200 East Main Street
The ordinance in its entirety can be found on the City Of Spartanburg website.
Americans With Disabilities Act and Masks
There’s been a lot of confusion over what a business is and is not required to do with regards to people with legitimate health issues that prohibit them from wearing a mask. The American’s With Disabilities Act provides protections for those who need accommodations to access things that the general public can.
If a person with a disability is not able to wear a face mask, state and local government agencies and private businesses must consider reasonable modifications to a face mask policy so that the person with the disability can participate in, or benefit from, the programs offered or goods and services that are provided. A reasonable modification means changing policies, practices, and procedures, if needed, to provide goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations to an individual with a disability. The requirement to modify a policy, practice, or procedure does not include individuals without disabilities, as they are not protected under the ADA.HEALTH CARE AND THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. (N.D.). RETRIEVED MAY 29, 2020 FROM HTTPS://ADATA.ORG/FACTSHEET/HEALTH-CARE-AND-ADA
Reasonable modifications of service to patrons would include:
- Allow patrons to wear a scarf, loose face covering, or full face shield instead of a face mask
- Allow patrons to order online or by phone with curbside pick-up or no contact delivery in a timely manner
- Allow a person to wait in a car for an appointment and enter the building when called or texted instead of a waiting area
- Offer appointments by telephone or video calls
Getting A Mask
Where To Get a Cloth Mask in Greenville and Sparanburg, SC If you are looking for washable cloth masks locally, we have a large list on our sister site with local people making them.
A local mom is not just making adult and child masks, but masks for stuffed animals and dolls as well! It can make this scary time a little less scary for kids! Check out Time Capsule Jewelry’s masks online.
Sew Some Good Greenville is joining forces with local mask-makers to help get masks to those in need. If you have masks to donate, or are in need of a mask and can’t afford it, Sew Some Good Greenville is waiting to hear from you!
Other Spartanburg Area Mask-Makers
Fitted masks with elastic ties – children and adult sizes- $5
Pleated masks with elastic ties – $5 & Fitted with elastic ties – $6.50
Flynn Mask Co
Fitted masks with elastic ties – children and adult sizes – starting at $5
Clemson and USC pattern masks – $10
Serene Sun Porch
Fitted masks with elastic ties – children and adult sizes – starting at $8
Fitted masks with elastic ties – children and adult sizes – starting at $3