During their August 31 meeting, the North Myrtle Beach City Council members voted to extend the City’s emergency ordinance requiring individuals to wear face-coverings under certain circumstances. Here is a quick look at some of the key points contained in the ordinance:
- People entering any retail business and any personal services business are required to wear face-coverings.
- A business is not responsible for enforcing this ordinance but it is responsible for posting conspicuous signage about the ordinance at all entrances to the business.
- Customers do not have to wear face-coverings in restaurants.
- All employees in restaurants, retail businesses, personal services businesses, and all government offices must wear a face-covering while engaged in face-to-face interaction with a customer.
- The ordinance does not apply to accommodations.
- The ordinance does not apply to the outdoors, including the beach.
- Exemptions — any person who is unable to wear a face-covering due to age, an underlying health condition, or is unable to remove the face-covering without the help of others is exempt. Any person who has religious beliefs that prevent them from wearing face-covering is exempt. Under a number of protective laws, a person who claims an exemption to the ordinance is not required to “prove” or “document” the exemption.
- A copy of the ordinance is available here: https://bit.ly/34QoMLW.
- If the link does not work for you, please visit www.nmb.us under “Press Releases” on the home page.