City of Hinesville approves emergency mask mandate

City of Hinesville approves emergency mask mandate

HINESVILLE, Ga. (WTOC) - The City of Hinesville has approved an emergency mask order.

The order will go into effect on Saturday, July 11, 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 the full emergency order below:

Here are the requirements of this emergency order.

Anyone entering a building open to the public in the City, or in an outdoor setting where social distancing isn’t possible must wear a face covering.

Restaurants, retail establishments, salons, grocery stores and pharmacies must require employees to wear a face covering when they are near customers or one another.

The order also requires anyone using or providing public or commercial transportation, including tours, to wear a mask.

Buildings open to the public must post signs about this enforcement.

Face coverings aren’t required in a personal car, at home, during physical activity, while eating, drinking or smoking, or if you’re younger than 10-years-old, among other circumstances.

The order states you are exempt due to underlying health conditions.

If you violate this order, after a warning, you can be fined up to $1,000.

However, council members stress education and voluntary compliance are the desired means of enforcement.

Councilwoman Vicky Nelson acknowledges some might not agree with the order, but believes this is the best way to keep Hinesville safe.

“We don’t want nothing to happen. We want everyone to recognize that this pandemic is real, and there’s a way we can protect ourselves and our neighbors. That is what we’re trying to do here,” said Vicky Nelson, District 3.

The order will be in effect until it’s rescinded or until the Governor’s Public Health Emergency expires on August 11, whichever comes first.

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