City of Pickens could see a face mask ordinance soon

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PICKENS, S.C. (WSPA) – Pickens City Council discussed a face mask ordinance during their regular session meeting Monday.

As of Monday at 4:00 p.m., Pickens City Mayor Fletcher Perry said a resolution has not been drafted yet for a masks ordinance, as they’re still gathering information. He said it could be possible in the future.

Some people said they’re for wearing masks if it passes, while others said they are against it.

“I disagree with it. With me having glasses, it messes my vision up with the fog and everything, breathing,” said Myra Hendrix, resident.

“I think that it’s necessary in helping stop the spread of it, especially since there are so many elders who live up in Pickens County,” said Claire Lee.

Mayor Perry said after seeing a COVID-19 spike in cities like Greenville and Clemson, he wants to put the possibility on the table.

“We have Greenville that’s a hot spot and their cases have increased, and our neighbors next door, Clemson, just put in a mandatory masks in effect,” Mayor Perry said.

Mayor Perry said they’re gathering information to see what it would look like.

“I think the main concern right now is, how do we enforce it. We realize that a lot of the neighbors have put in effect the punishment and the fining for individuals like $25, and businesses $100, Mayor Perry said.

“Right now with the climate that we’ve had with the George Floyd incident, I’m concerned as the Mayor individually, how that might affect people if we have to enforce it with our police department,” he added.

The Mayor said they’re exploring other options too.

“Maybe not having to make it mandatory, but maybe do a public awareness campaign, to get the information out there to everyone,” Mayor Perry said.

Hendrix said she doesn’t agree with the possibility, and relying on her faith instead.

“If God wants me, he’s going to take me. So I put my faith in him,” Hendrix said.

Hendrix said if it comes down to it, she will comply.

“I mean like I said, if they pass the law where it has to be worn, then we’ll have to bite the bullet and just wear them,” Hendrix said.

Lee who lives in Greenville, and visits family in Pickens, said wearing a masks should be a mandatory routine for everyone right now.

“It’s kind of weird times right now and nothing is normal, and you’re not going to get normal anywhere right now, so you minus well follow in suit with what everyone else is doing to stay safe,” Lee said.

What happens next, will be up to the Pickens County Council.

Mayor Perry said if the Council decides they want to move forward, they will call a special meeting this week to discuss it further. He also said a majority vote would be needed to pass a proposed ordinance.  

Click here to read the meeting’s agenda.

We will update this story as information becomes available.

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