Atlantic Beach Passes Mandatory Mask Ordinance, Cancels Bikefest | Covid-19 coverage
Atlantic Beach City Council approved a mandatory mask ordinance on Monday, joining a growing list of other Horry County municipalities that have also adopted mask warrant rules to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
“I think it’s also known around the world that the best thing people can do is wear masks, so that’s what we do,” Mayor Jake Evans said.
The council also voted to cancel the Atlantic Beach Bikefest. Citing COVID-19, the city initially moved the festival, typically held Memorial Day weekend, to Labor Day weekend. But on Monday, the council voted to cancel the festival altogether. Evans cited public health guidelines against large public gatherings as the reason for the cancellation.
“That’s all; it’s time to do the right thing,” Evans said.
The new mask ordinance, similar to the one passed in North Myrtle Beach last Tuesday, requires anyone visiting a personal service business like a nail salon or hair salon, or any retailer, like a grocery store or drugstore. , to wear a mask at the entrance. .
The order also requires employees of restaurants, retailers and personal service businesses to wear a mask when interacting with members of the public.
It comes into effect Tuesday at noon.
There are a few exceptions. People who cannot safely wear a mask for health reasons, those who have religious objections, and those who cannot put on and take off a mask without assistance are exempt.
If a mask prevents the provision of a personal service, such as a haircut, the mask can be removed while the person is receiving the service, the order says.
The rules will be enforced by Atlantic Beach Police and Code Enforcement.
Businesses do not have to enforce the new rules for people entering their business, but must display “visible signage” at all entrances.
Residents who violate the mask order face a penalty of up to $ 25. Businesses that violate the new order face a fine of up to $ 100.
Several residents of the city have tested positive for COVID-19, including Councilor Jacqui Gore, who tested positive at a mobile clinic held in the city last month. She was asymptomatic but went into quarantine.
“There is a pandemic going on around the world,” Gore said. “Everyone should wear a mask. That’s why we made the decision, because we’re like everyone else.”