City of Greenville to require masks for employees, visitors in public meeting rooms

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – The City of Greenville will be requiring masks in public meeting rooms starting this week.

The City of Greenville will require masks for employees and visitors while inside public meeting rooms and common areas beginning with the City Council work session and formal meeting Monday afternoon at the Greenville Convention Center, according to a press release from city officials.

The requirement will take effect at all other city facilities at the start of business on Tuesday, August 10. 

The decision aligns with current CDC and DHEC recommendations that everyone – regardless of vaccination status – wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission, city officials said. They say Greenville County’s COVID transmission rate is “high.”

City Spokeswoman Beth Brotherton said it’s about doing the right thing for the community.

“City leaders believe that this is the time to not only set a good example in the community for other municipalities that may be trying to figure out what to do, but also take action to protect our employees, those who aren’t vaccinated, and those who maybe have small children,” said Brotherton.

She said it’s important to get ahead of it, rather than play catch up.

“And as doctors tell us that this new variant is spreading quickly through our area, now seems like the time to really get in front of this before it becomes a big concern inside city hall and other places within the city,” she added.

City employees will be allowed to unmask inside enclosed personal office space but will be required to wear a mask when riding with other employees and guests inside a city vehicle.

Parents and guardians will continue to make masking decisions for their children enrolled in our summer camps and after school programs. Employees and parents must wear masks. 

The city was the first municipality in South Carolina to enact a mask ordinance in June of 2020. That ordinance was invalidated in March of this year by the Governor’s Executive Order No. 2021-23.

Both Prisma Health-Upstate and Bon Secours St. Francis Health System are requiring masks for all employees and reinstating visitor limits.

Brotherton said there is no set end date for the requirements, but the city will continue to listen to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and DHEC before making any future changes.

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