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Orangeburg mask mandate starts Friday
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Orangeburg mask mandate starts Friday


Orangeburg Mayor Michael Butler, left, speaks with Orangeburg City Administrator John Yow via Zoom on Tuesday. The Orangeburg City Council meeting was broadcast online.

Orangeburg City Council on Tuesday agreed to require individuals to wear face coverings in retail and food service establishments.

The new rules will go into effect at 6 a.m. Friday, July 3.

The ordinance will expire in 61 days, unless it is extended by council.

“I think this is a real opportunity for Orangeburg to lead by example,” City Administrator John Yow said. “I hope we will look back 60 days from now and look at our numbers, and our numbers will be much improved in Orangeburg and across South Carolina.”

People who violate the ordinance will be guilty of a civil infraction, and assessed a fine of no more than $25. Each violation will be treated as a separate offense.


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Bradley Harris is a Government and Sports Reporter. The Irmo, SC native is a 2018 graduate of Claflin University and recipient of the 2018 South Carolina Press Association Collegiate Journalist of the Year Award.

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