North Myrtle Beach leaders to vote on mask ordinance during emergency meeting Tuesday

North Myrtle Beach leaders to vote on mask ordinance during emergency meeting Tuesday

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – The North Myrtle Beach City Council announced on Monday night that there will be an emergency meeting Tuesday afternoon to discuss a mask ordinance in the city.

The emergency meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the North Myrtle Beach chambers.

North Myrtle Beach spokesperson Pat Dowling said that there will be a vote on the proposed ordinance and because it’s an emergency meeting they only need to vote once on the matter.

Dowling added that some city leaders feel wearing a face mask could help to stop the spread.

“Residents and some visitors are not really adhering to any guidelines,” Dowling said. “The key focus of this ordinance is not authority or to give people a hard time. The fact is, in North Myrtle Beach, Horry County and South Carolina, COVID-19 is on the upswing. We were fine until we had tourism and now that we have tourism, everyone is a potential spreader of the virus. It’s a mutual virus and we’ve got to stop it’s spread.”

During Monday night’s city council meeting, leaders went into executive session for an hour to receive legal advice on a proposed mask ordinance. No votes were taken during that executive session.

Some residents said they’re in favor of all Horry County leaders enforcing face masks and some are opposed.

One Horry County resident told city council during Monday’s meeting, “If you really want to keep the people of North Myrtle Beach safe, please don’t do this.”

Cities across South Carolina have been enacting ordinances that require people to wear a mask inside certain businesses, or they will face a fine.

North Myrtle Beach has not released any details on the proposed ordinance.

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