MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – People heading into Myrtle Beach grocery stores and restaurants must now have a mask while inside the buildings.
The executive order requiring customers and employees to wear face masks in certain places went into effect at 11:59 p.m. Thursday after it the city council unanimously passed it.
Myrtle Beach spokesperson Mark Kruea said that the face mask ordinance was needed because people weren’t doing their part to stop the spread of the virus, including those who are visiting and are now sick in their home states.
“The folks who got ill here, no they weren’t wearing masks, no they weren’t practicing social distancing. So there is some personal responsibility involved. You need to take responsibility to say that you are being safe and that you aren’t sharing that with someone else. And that’s why the mask requirement came to be. Because people weren’t being as responsible as they should be,” Kruea said.
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People must wear a cloth face mask at retail and food service establishments, as well as in public spaces at overnight accommodations, such as a hotel lobby.
Businesses are also expected to post signs reminding the public to wear a mask while inside the building.
It’s important to note that there are exemptions to the executive order, such as you don’t have to where a mask on the beach, while walking, when doing indoor or outdoor physical activity, while on the outdoor patio of a restaurant or while eating at a restaurant.
The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce created free signs for those businesses to download.
Those who do not comply could face a fine up to $100.
Myrtle Beach police Cpl. Tom Vest said right now they don’t know of any formal citations issued yet, however, 39 phone calls have been made to the department about the ordinance.
The emergency order will remain in place through Labor Day, unless it is lifted earlier.
Local governments across the Grand Strand have been implementing face mask ordinances as coronavirus cases climb not only in Horry County but also across the state.