Key Takeaways from the order:
All persons entering a commercial establishment in the City must wear a face covering or mask while inside the establishment. This does not apply to religious establishments. However, face coverings are highly recommended during religious activity.
All restaurants, retail stores, salons, grocery stores, and pharmacies in the City must require their employees to wear a face covering at all times while having face-to-face interaction with the public.
Any person who is unable to safely wear a face covering due to age, an underlying health condition or is unable to remove the face covering without the assistance of others is exempt from this order.
Face coverings are not required in the following circumstances:
A person who fails to comply with Paragraph 1 of this Order shall be guilty of a civil infraction punishable by a fine of not more than $500.00 pursuant to Section 3-3015 of the City Code."The point of this order is not to be punitive," Mayor Johnson said. "If we see someone without a face covering, the first thing we will do is offer them one. If that person refuses the face covering, that’s a different issue entirely." The order goes into effect Wednesday, July 1, at 8 a.m. and will remain in effect until further notice.
How this effects tour companies and guests on tours in Savannah:
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