Emergency Ordinance on Masks

Ordinance Mandates Mask Use Inside Grocery Stores and Pharmacies Within City Limits

Greenville City Council passed an emergency ordinance Monday, June 22, requiring customers to wear masks while inside grocery stores and pharmacies. The ordinance which takes effect Tuesday, June 23 at noon, also requires that employees wear masks in the following businesses: restaurants, retail shops, barber shops and salons within City limits.

In passing the emergency ordinance, the Mayor and Council cited the doubling of COVID-19 cases in since Memorial Day in Greenville County, which leads the state with more than 3600 cases.  “Face covering is proven to reduce the spread of this deadly virus,” said Mayor Knox White.  “If we want to keep our citizens healthy, our businesses open and return to the normalcy we crave, we must take strong action to require masks inside essential shopping locations.”

Free Mask Distribution to Businesses

On Tuesday, June 23, City staff will distribute approximately 50,000 masks to local businesses. Masks will be delivered to grocery stores and pharmacies. Other businesses with a City of Greenville business license can pick up masks from 8 a.m. to noon at the Greenville Convention Center. Businesses will be limited to 100 masks each while supplies last. Mask pick-up will be drive-thru style at the Exposition Drive circle.

All mask recipients will be required to sign the Greater Greenville Pledge. The pledge is a commitment by businesses to clean frequently, limit capacity, encourage social distance, monitor employee health and encourage facial covering. Business can take the pledge at: GreaterGreenvillePledge.com or LaPromesadeGreenville.com.