Updates to the County's Face Mask Ordinance
UPDATE, MAY 2: At its meeting March 1, Richland County Council extended an emergency ordinance requiring face coverings to be worn by people 11 years and older inside most commercial establishments in unincorporated areas of the County. The ordinance expired May 1.
Council first adopted this emergency ordinance in September 2021 following a surge in the coronavirus delta variant. On Jan. 4, 2022, the ordinance was extended.
- Sept. 14, 2021: County Council adopted an emergency ordinance requiring face coverings following a surge in the coronavirus delta variant in the community. Council has extended the ordinance twice.
- Aug. 16, 2021: County Council adopted an emergency ordinance requiring face coverings. Because of a state Supreme Court ruling, Richland County said it would no longer enforce the ordinance as of Sept. 2, 2021.
- July 6, 2020: County Council adopted an emergency ordinance that required people over 10 years old to wear face coverings while in most public places. Council extended the ordinance five times. It expired June 5, 2021.
Public Health Updates and Useful Links
From the S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control (DHEC)
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Updates on Mask Ordinances Nearby
Additionally, the Town of Eastover has reinstated its previous mask ordinance, while the Town of Irmo has not reinstated its ordinance.
When You've Been Fully Vaccinated
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tips for protecting yourself and others.