City of Sumter Requiring Facial Coverings – Effective July 3

Sumter, SC (March 16, 2021) - City Council approved an extension of the mandatory facial mask requirement, within city limits until April 16, 2021, unless further amended or repealed. Original ordinance can be found below. A copy of the ratified extension can be found here.


Sumter, SC (January 19, 2021) - City Council approved an extension of the mandatory facial mask requirement, within city limits until March 21, 2021, unless further amended or repealed. Original ordinance can be found below. A copy of the ratified extension can be found here.


Sumter, SC (December 1, 2020) - City Council approved an extension of the mandatory facial mask requirement, within city limits until January 31, 2021, unless further amended or repealed. Original ordinance can be found below. A copy of the ratified extension can be found here.


Sumter, SC (November 3, 2020) - City Council approved an extension of the mandatory facial mask requirement, within city limits until December 3, unless further amended or repealed. Original ordinance can be found below. A copy of the ratified extension can be found here.


Sumter, SC (October 6, 2020) - City Council approved an extension of the mandatory facial mask requirement, within the city limits until November 5, unless further amended or repealed. Original ordinance can be found below. For a copy of the extension, click here.

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Sumter, SC (September 1, 2020) - City Council approved an extension of the mandatory facial mask requirement, within the city limits until October 7, unless further amended or repealed. Original ordinance can be found below. For a copy of the extension, click here.


Sumter, SC (August 18, 2020) - City Council approved an extension of the mandatory facial mask requirement, within the city limits until September 18, unless further amended or repealed.


Sumter, SC (July 22, 2020) - City Council approved an extension of the mandatory facial mask requirement, within the city limits until August 21, unless further amended or repealed.


SUMTER, S.C. (July 1, 2020) – The City of Sumter is requiring facial coverings to be worn by individuals in retail and foodservice establishments beginning July 3 due to the continued spread of COVID-19. 

The requirement was approved by the Mayor and City Council to protect patrons, business owners and employees in the City of Sumter. “Businesses in our community are doing all they can to protect their employees and the public,” stated Mayor Joe McElveen. “It is our hope that this measure reinforces these efforts.”

Facial coverings will be required in any foodservice establishment that sells prepared food on a dine-in, delivery, carry-out, or drive through basis, and in any retail establishment that includes grocery stores, convenience stores, commercial stores, pharmacies, alcoholic beverage stores and laundromats. All customers are required to wear facial coverings while inside the enclosed area of these establishments. Staff in these establishments shall wear masks during interactions with the public and at all times when social/physical distancing with other staff are not possible.

Facial coverings will not be required in the following circumstances: outdoor areas of these establishments in which social/physical distancing may be observed, for people whose religious beliefs or medical condition prevent the wearing of a facial covering, for children under eight years old, for customers during the consumption of food, in private offices, and during compliance with law enforcement’s directions.

Any customer or employee of these establishments that is found in violation of this requirement shall be subject to a penalty of no more than $50.00. Each day of continuing violation shall be treated as a separate offense.

A full copy of the Emergency Ordinance enacting this requirement, including definitions, exemptions and expiration can be found on our website at www.sumtersc.gov.

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READ full original ordinance (July 1, 2020) here (PDF).

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MASK ORDINANCE 2710 THROUGH 04/16/21

Who wears masks or facial coverings:

  • All customers while inside retail or food service establishments (or while in attached outside or unenclosed areas of food service and retail establishments if physical/social distancing of at least six (6) feet is not possible or not observed by others). Retail establishments include grocery stores, pharmacies, laundromats, sporting goods, home furnishings, clothing, hardware, craft, music, florists and more.
  • Employees at all retail establishments and food service establishments who work in areas open to the public or when physical/social distancing of at least six (6) feet with other staff cannot be observed.

Exceptions:

  • When outdoors (except in attached outdoor or unenclosed areas of retail and food service establishments when physical/social distancing of at least six (6) feet is not possible or is not observed)
  • Children under age eight (8) years
  • In private offices
  • If masks aggravate a health condition
  • If receiving medical or dental services involving the mouth or nose
  • Customers while eating and drinking at food service establishments
  • If masks contradict religious beliefs
  • When complying with law enforcement officers

Enforcement: $50 Fine
Begins: 
6:00am on July 3
Ends: 30 Days from July 3 (August 1)*

*Subject to change with subsequent ordinances