SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Many cities and towns are now calling for face mask ordinances as COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S.
Here is a list of where face mask mandates have passed in the WTOC Viewing Area:
*EDIT: Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued an executive order July 15 that banned mask mandates on the local level in Georgia. The mask orders in South Carolina cities are still in effect.
The City of Guyton passed a mask mandate on 7/16. It requires everyone who is in any public building, within the city limits, to wear a face-covering over their mouths and noses. READ MORE
The City of Hinesville has approved an emergency mask order. The order will go into effect on Saturday, July 11, 2020, at 8 a.m. Masks must be worn inside buildings that are open to the public, and outside where social distancing isn’t possible. READ MORE
City of Savannah Mayor Van Johnson signed an emergency order requiring individuals to wear a face mask in public spaces. The emergency order goes into effect Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at 8 a.m. and will remain in effect until further notice. READ MORE
South Carolina Lowcountry
The City of Beaufort unanimously passed an ordinance that will require face covers for anyone entering a public building within city limits. If you are eating or drinking or have a medical issue, you do not have to wear a mask. The ordinance will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, and will last for at least 30 days. READ MORE
The Town of Bluffton voted to enforce an ordinance that makes masks mandatory in certain public settings. The order takes effect Wednesday, July 1 at noon. READ MORE
The Town of Hilton Head Island voted on a mandate to require face masks in public. The mandate goes into effect just before midnight on Tuesday, June 30. READ MORE
The Town of Port Royal unanimously passed an ordinance to require masks in all buildings open to the public. The ordinance will go into effect at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 2. READ MORE
The Town of Yemassee passed an order requiring face coverings. The order is in effect as of noon on Wednesday, July 15. READ MORE
Beaufort County Council passed the emergency ordinance requiring face coverings in certain places where people won’t be able to social distance in the unincorporated areas. It will go into effect on Friday, July 3 at 11:59 p.m. READ MORE
Info from Florida Atlanta University:
“Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science conducted an experiment using flow visualization to demonstrate how far a cough travels and how long it lingers in the air. Flow visualization is a method that enables flow patterns, such as a stream of particles from a cough, to become visible in fluids like air and water since they are transparent. Various techniques using flow visualization make these patterns visible to the naked eye.
In a laboratory setting, the researchers were able to visually demonstrate a mechanically emulated cough/sneeze jet from an orifice representing the mouth and the associated particle-laden airflow using a mannequin and other props.
MORE INFO HERE >>> https://www.fau.edu/newsdesk/articles/mechanical-cough-coronavirus.php”