Business owners received free masks for their employees during a giveaway event held at the Greenville Convention Center.
Masks are required for all employees at public-facing businesses; both employees and customers need to wear masks inside grocery stores and pharmacies.
Business owners are encouraged to take The Greater Greenville Pledge to practice social distancing.
Ordinance Mandates Mask Use Inside Grocery Stores and Pharmacies Within City Limits
On Oct. 12, 2020, Greenville City Council voted unanimously to adopt an emergency ordinance to extend the temporary ordinance requiring customers to wear face coverings inside all retail establishments within the city limits. On December 14, Council voted unanimously to extend the ordinance to February 12, 2021.
Greenville was the first municipality in South Carolina to mandate mask wearing back in June. The ordinance was extended in August. The emergency ordinance also includes mask requirements for employees at hair salons, barber shops, spas and nail salons while working in close contact with customers.
Additionally, the ordinance includes new directives for restaurant patrons and employees based on South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster’s Executive Order. His order requires restaurant employees to wear masks at all times and customers to wear masks unless they are eating or drinking. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environment Control released data indicating municipalities with a mask ordinance saw a 46% decline in new COVID-19 cases in the four weeks after implementation.