Town revamps facemask ordinance

WINNSBORO – Instead of passing a new face mask ordinance every few months, the Winnsboro town council decided Monday evening during their regular monthly meeting to pass a permanent ordinance that will not have to be renewed periodically, but can be amended after the Time of Corona has ended.

“This is basically a new ordinance requiring face masks in retail and foodservice establishments during a declared state of emergencies for pandemics,” Mayor Roger Gaddy explained.

Though the ordinance is new, the provisions are generally the same as those in the temporary ordinances.

Those provisions state that all customers are required to wear face coverings while inside the enclosed area of any retail establishment or foodservice establishment. In addition, retail establishments shall require staff to wear face coverings while working in areas open to the general public and areas in which interactions with other staff are likely and where social distancing of at least six feet cannot be observed.

All food service establishments shall, according to the new ordinance, require staff who interact with customers (including delivery personnel) to wear masks.

Fines for Violations

The ordinance further states that any person violating the provisions of the ordinance by failing to wear a face covering when required, shall be guilty of a civil infraction and be punishable by a $25 fine. Each day of a continuing violation of the ordinance shall be considered a separate offense.