Rock Hill Pushes Through Emergency Ordinance Requiring Face Masks To Be Worn in Public


The City of Rock Hill has just passed a new sweeping measure that requires all citizens and visitors to wear approved face masks when in public within city limits.

The new measure comes as COVID-19 cases in South Carolina continue to spike. York County now has a total of 1,530 confirmed cases and 12 deaths.

In a public press statement, Rock Hill Mayor John Gettys said; ”We can suffer some inconvenience for the health and safety of all.

The new face mask requirement begins on Friday, July 10 at 12:01 AM and will remain in effect for 60 days unless City Council suspends it before then.

The new ordinance stipulates that approved face coverings will be required within the Rock Hill City limits when:

  • Inside City facilities
  • When using or driving public or commercial transportation, including My Ride buses.
  • Inside any retail, service or food service establishment.
  • Staff at retail and service establishments must wear face coverings while working in areas open to the general public or in interactions with other staff where 6 feet of separation can’t be maintained.
  • Staff at food service establishments, including delivery drivers, must wear face coverings when interacting with customers.

What do you think about the new ordinance?