1. For the purpose of this Ordinance, a “Face Covering” is a cloth or other type of masking device that covers the wearer’s nose and mouth.
2. All persons entering any building open to the public in the City must wear a face covering while inside the building.
3. All restaurants, retail establishments of every description, salons, grocery stores, and pharmacies in the municipal limits of the City shall require their employees to wear a Face Covering at all times that the employees are in any area where the general public is allowed or when the employees must be in close proximity to one another. This requirement also applies to all persons providing or utilizing public or commercial transportation, including tours; and all businesses or employees while interacting with people in outdoor spaces, including, but not limited to, curbside pickup, delivery, and service calls.
4. The following individuals are exempt from this Ordinance: any person who is unable to safely wear a Face Covering due to age or an underlying health condition, or who is unable to remove the Face Covering without the assistance of others; and any person traveling in a personal vehicle, or when a person is alone or is in the presence of only household members in an enclosed space, and people who are actively drinking or eating. This Ordinance does not relieve business establishments and restaurants from other social distancing requirements impose by the Governor’s Executive Orders.
5. Education and voluntary compliance are the desired means of enforcement. However, any person who, after being first duly warned, is found to have violated any mandatory provision of this Ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a of a civil infraction, and shall be subject to a Civil Summons punishable by a fine of fifty dollars ($50.00). Police officials, or a City representative appointed by the City Manager, shall be authorized to issue such a Summons for violations personally witnessed.
6. Repeated violations of this Ordinance at any business or establishment that is subject to this Ordinance is hereby declared a nuisance, and the City may seek a restraining order, preliminary injunction, permanent injunction or any other means authorized under the Laws of the State of South Carolina to abate the nuisance. The City may also seek suspension or revocation of the business license issued by the City to any business or establishment where repeated violations of the Ordinance occur, under the authority of the City Code of Ordinances.
7, With the exception of their own employees, owners or lease holders of buildings open to the public shall not have responsibility for enforcing the above requirements, but shall post conspicuous signage at all entrances informing its patrons of the requirements of this Ordinance.
8. Should any provision, section, paragraph, sentence, or word of this Ordinance be rendered or declared invalid by any final court action in a court of competent jurisdiction or by reason of any preemptive legislation, the remaining provisions, sections, paragraphs, sentences, or words of this Ordinance as hereby adopted shall remain in full force and effect.
9. This Ordinance becomes effective 11:59 PM June 30, 2020, upon adoption by City of Beaufort Council, and will be extended or expire upon the thirty first day following adoption or the end of the State of Emergency in the City of Beaufort, whichever occurs first.