Georgetown County Council to hold emergency meeting on face masks Thursday

Updated: Jul. 1, 2020 at 10:35 AM EDT
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GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Georgetown County Council will hold an emergency meeting Thursday to discuss options regarding face masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A draft of the ordinance states anyone over 10 years old must wear a mask when entering a restaurant, retail or grocery store, as well as pharmacies.

Employees would also have to wear masks at those establishments if they aren’t already. It also allows exceptions for customers while eating and drinking, but masks would be required when ordering or talking to the host or hostess.

It’s an issue that has many people talking ahead of Thursday’s vote.

“I think there needs to be a mask mandate,” said Joseph DiLorenzo. “I know it’s a bit inconvenient, but it’s in the public’s interest, not only my safety but for all those people I come in contact with.”

Many people visiting the Murrels Inlet Marshwalk on Wednesday did have on masks, but those who didn’t simply said - it’s not required.

“It’s a free country,” said Troy Davis, who visited the Marshwalk. “You should be able to make up your own mind.”

Still, others said they’re willing to do whatever they can to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

“We all have civil liberties and I certainly respect those,” said DiLorenzo. “But the government does make rules and regulations you know we have a whole system of laws that are put into place to ensure public safety and I think this could be one of them, should be one of them.”

Georgetown County spokesperson Jackie Broach said the virtual meeting will begin at 2 p.m.

The public is invited to watch the livestream on the county’s YouTube channel.

The draft of the ordinance can be read in full below:

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