When does this ordinance go into effect?
12:01AM on December 16th, 2020
What Qualifies as a Face Covering?
"Face Covering" shall mean a cloth, fabric, textile, or impervious material without holes, that covers both the mouth and nose, including but not limited to surgical masks, respirators, face shields, handmade masks, bandanas, neck gaiters, scarves, or wraps.
Who enforces the mask ordiance?
The City of Easley is leaving the enforcement of the ordinance to the business owner/manager.
What happens if i do not comply with this City Ordiance?
Failure to comply with the ordinance may lead to a request from the business for you to leave the premises.
How do citizens report violations of the ordinance to City Officials?
The City of Easley requests that citizens take their complaints with the business manager on duty.
What about South Carolina State Official Guidelines?
Requirements or guidelines from the Governor, DHEC, or other state agencies for individuals/organizations will take priority over City Ordiance.
When are face coverings not required?
Face Coverings are not required when a Person is: (1) traveling in a private vehicle; alone in an enclosed space or able maintain a minimum distance of six feet from other Persons at all times; (3) outdoors and able to maintain a minimum distance of six feet from other Persons at all times; (4) alone or only with other Household members; (5) drinking, eating or smoking (where smoking is permitted); (6) inside a private residence, including curtilage thereof; or (7) complying with a request of law enforcement
Are there any exemptions?
Children younger than 6 years old, individuals with medical conditions, mental health conditions, or disabilities which prevent the wearing of a Face Covering; individuals who are hearing impaired, or who are communicating with an individual who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see mouth function is essential to communication; individuals, while working, for whom wearing a Face Covering would create a risk to such individual related to their work, as dictated by local, state or federal regulations or applicable workforce guidelines; and individuals receiving or obtaining medical service or treatment involving the mouth or nose wherein temporary removal of a Face Covering is necessary to perform the service or treatment.
How does wearing a face covering help me?
COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets. Respiratory droplets travel into the air when you cough, sneeze, talk, shout, or sing. These droplets can then land in the mouths or noses of people who are near you or they may breathe these droplets in.
Masks are a simple barrier to help prevent your respiratory droplets from reaching others. Studies show that masks reduce the spray of droplets when worn over the nose and mouth.
-Taken from the CDC Website HERE