Spartanburg Co. Council passes resolution encouraging residents to wear face masks

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Spartanburg County Council members passed a resolution Thursday morning that encourages, but does not require, all county residents to wear a mask inside grocery stores and pharmacies.

The resolution, which passed 4 to 1, also asks people to wear masks at county-owned facilities when social distancing is not possible.

Read the full resolution below:

Earlier in the week, Spartanburg City Council members voted to require customers and employees to wear face coverings in grocery stores and pharmacies within city limits.

This mirrored other mandates made by Greenville and Clemson last month.

Council members said they did not want to require everyone in the county to wear face coverings.

“I believe that they will work together and help us get there. I think you waste the opportunity if you pass an ordinance you can’t enforce,” Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt said.

On Wednesday, Gov. Henry McMaster and State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell Wednesday urged people ahead of the Fourth of July weekend to wear a face mask. Their concern comes after another spike in cases similar to those after Memorial Day weekend.

“Unless we do something dramatically different to control this disease that spreads simply by breathing from infected people, then we would be looking at projections that are far worse than what we’re experiencing now,” Dr. Bell said.

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