SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Masks are now required in many places in the City of Spartanburg.
City council members held an emergency meeting on Friday where they unanimously passed a mask ordinance that went into effect at noon on Monday.
“All persons entering a grocery store or pharmacy in the City must wear a face covering while inside the establishment,” Spartanburg City Manager Chris Story said.
It’s an ordinance the City said is based off of advice from medical professionals, and it’s one that was very much welcomed by those in the community.
“We all have family members that we love who are elderly or have underlying health issues, and we want to make sure they’re safe,” Juaniece Eison said.
But it’s not just those in grocery stores and pharmacies who are impacted by the ordinance.
“All restaurants, retail stores, salons, barber shops, grocery stores, and pharmacies in the City must require their employees to wear a face covering at all times while having face-to-face interaction with the public,” Story said.
“It’s time for us to come together as a community and start really trying to flatten the curve of this crazy disease,” Gabriella Marmolino said.
Marmolino and others who work at her family’s business have already been wearing masks and encourage their customers to do so as well.
“For people who are wanting businesses to stay open and keep thriving, we are going to have to get this disease to slow down a bit, and I think the best way to do that is to wear masks,” Marmolino said.
Even those who said they weren’t super fond of masks in the past told 7 News they believe it’s now necessary to help get us back to a sense of normalcy.
“Selfishly, I don’t like to wear one, but unselfishly, I think we need to do what’s best for others. My dad is in the hospital–has been for ten days in ICU–and I do it for him,” Kristen Welborn said.
“The numbers have been going up. And I don’t like wearing a mask either–I really don’t–but when I go into a store or shop or anywhere indoors, I feel like it is needed,” Carmella Atkins added.
The ordinance was also amended to include masks on public buses.
While the City is hoping to not have to write any citations, if a person is found not wearing a mask inside a grocery store or pharmacy, they could be fined up to $25.
If employees at a business are not wearing a mask, that could be a fine of $100.
The ordinance states there is an exemption for any person who has underlying health conditions or religious beliefs that prevent them from wearing a mask.
The Spartanburg County Judicial Center is also be requiring face masks and temperature checks for all visitors.