CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) – The Conway City Council voted in favor of changing its current face mask ordinance to include all businesses.
The original ordinance said that people were only required to masks in “essential” businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies and medical offices. But it left some businesses and customers confused as to what was deemed essential.
Before the meeting on Monday, one councilmember said that including all businesses would level the playing field.
Exceptions to the face mask ordinance include when people are eating food at a restaurant, if it’s against someone’s religious belief, medical concerns and children under the age of five do not have to wear a mask.
Anyone not wearing a mask could face a $25 fine and if a business does not enforce the mask mandate then they could face a $100 fine.
The change to the ordinance goes into effect immediately and will be reviewed at the Aug. 17 meeting.
The city council added that Conway police have not issued any citations in relation to the mask ordinance.