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West Columbia extends mask ordinance for two more months

The provision requires people to wear face coverings in most businesses.

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. — The City of West Columbia is extending the city's mask ordinance requiring face coverings until May.

The council passed the measure during a special called meeting Tuesday night. The extension lasts until May 1, 2020.

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he ordinance requires face coverings be worn inside any foodservice establishment, retail establishment, hair salon, nail salon, barber shops, personal hygiene establishments, medical office and City Building including:

  • Grocery stores;
  • Pharmacies;
  • Commercial stores engaged in the retail sale of goods or services to the public including sporting goods stores; furniture and home-furnishings stores; clothing, shoe, and clothing-accessory stores; jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores; department stores; hardware and home-improvement stores; book, craft, and music stores; florists and flower stores; bars and taverns; all other stores that sell supplies for household consumption or use;
  • Alcoholic beverage stores; and
  • Laundromats.

All foodservice establishments and retail establishments within the City must require every employee to wear a face covering at all times while having face-to-face interaction with the public or other employees or where social distancing of at least six feet cannot be observed at all times.

Businesses, where masks are required, must place a “Notice” in a conspicuous place notifying the public of the requirement to wear a face covering.