With the spread of Covid-19 showing no signs of slowing down, many South Carolina retailers this week have decided to require guests to wear face coverings.
We’ve included all the info you’ll need before heading out on a shopping trip including what businesses are requiring masks, where to get a mask, and what the ADA offers for those who can’t wear a mask. We also have a list of mask ordinances that may affect those traveling for vacations.
Statewide Mask Mandate for South Carolina
During the last week of July, the Governor of South Carolina issued the first statewide mandate for masks, to go into effect August 3rd. This is in addition to any local, or retailer ordinances listed in this article.
Indoor dining services will be limited to no more than fifty percent capacity, and employees and patrons are required to wear masks. Tables must be spaced at least six feet apart, and no more than eight customers may be seated together unless they are in the same family. Masks will also be required in all government and state office buildings, effective Aug. 3.
Any violation of the new requirements will be punishable by fines of up to $100 or up to 30 days in jail, or both.
Retailers and Restaurants Requiring Masks
While Costco put a mask policy in place back in April to protect it’s guests, over a dozen more have followed suit.
- Customers will now also be required to wear masks at Costco rival Sam’s Club and Walmart starting 7/20.
- Aldi US will require masks to be worn by guests starting 7/28
- Apple Stores will require masks and temperature checks to enter the store.
- Best Buy will require guests to wear a mask
- Bi-Lo effective 7/27 all customers entering will be required to wear a mask.
- CVS Pharmacy effective 7/20 all customers entering will be required to wear a mask.
- Dollar Tree & Family Dollar will request guests wear a mask
- The Fresh Market is asking that all guests utilize some type of facial covering.
- Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy effective 8/1 all customers entering will be required to wear a mask.
- Ingles will require guests to wear a mask
- Kohls will require masks for guests who enter the store. They are offering a curbside, contact-free option for those who do not wish to wear a mask.
- Home Depot beginning 7/22 guests will be required to wear masks.
- Lowe’s Home Improvement will require masks as of 7/20
- Panera will be requiring masks for all customers who enter the cafe until they are seated and eating. Most locations offer drive-thru and or curbside pick up for those who choose not to wear a mask. To soften the blow they are offering free coffee all summer, which we have gladly been taking full advantage of!
- Petsmart will require guests to wear a mask
- Publix Supermarkets will require masks as of 7/21
- Sephora is requiring employees to wear masks and ask that guests do too.
- Starbucks will be requiring customers to wear masks while visiting all company-owned café locations in the US.
- Target beginning 8/1 guests will be required to wear masks.
- Trader Joes is requesting all guests wear a mask.
- Walgreens will be requiring guests wear a mask
- Whole Foods customers will need masks to enter the store, Whole Foods will provide a mask for those who arrive without one.
Where To Get Masks Locally
The City of Spartanburg passed a mask ordinance recently and we have all the info you’ll need to be prepared. Where you’ll need them and where to get them.
If you are headed into the City of Greenville and plan to do some shopping at a grocery store or a pharmacy, there are plenty of local options for getting some cloth masks.
How Mask Ordinances Will Affect Your Travel
Whether you are traveling in the state of South Carolina, or leaving it for a surrounding state, plenty of popular travel destinations have mask ordinances in place now.
As long as you know what to expect and you head out prepared, you can still have a great time on your trip. We have an extensive list of places requiring masks on our sister site.
Pro-Tip: Pick up a couple of zippered laundry bags from the dollar store and toss them in your car. Put clean masks in one bag and leave one to hold the dirty masks. When you’re ready to do laundry, just toss the bag with the dirty masks right into the wash.
How The AMA Helps People Who Can’t Wear A Mask
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