Mask Up in Walhalla

City Council Resolution

Stacie Bartro
September 08, 2020 - 9:14 am
Mask violation citations could be coming to Walhalla, SC

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Walhalla City Council met Tuesday night to discuss emergency ordinance 2020-12, as to whether or not to issue citations for citizens not wearing masks or face coverings in public places where there is a risk of exposure to COVID-19.  Council passed a Resolution to continue to encourage citizens of Walhalla to wear face coverings in public places and settings.  Citations will NOT be issued to violators. 
(Sept. 8, 2020)  Mask up or get fined.... 
Currently, the Walhalla Police Department is only issuing warnings if a citizen is found violating the Face Covering Ordinance 2020-12.
But beginning Tuesday, September 15th, citations could be issued for violations.  
Chief Sean Brinson said the ordinance covers anywhere within the city limits of Walhalla, but there are exemptions for medical and religious reasons and if a citizen can maintain 6 feet of social distancing. 
City Council is set to meet again September 15th to discuss whether or not to move forward with the option for citations.
Walhalla Police Chief Sean Brinson said "Obviously officer discretion is gonna be throughout this entire process.  So if there's certain reasons or something that someone can communicate with our officers, we're gonna be as reasonable as we can, just to make sure that we maintain safety and get through the pandemic as quickly as possible.  But the main thing is just to be safe." 
Chief Sean Brinson. 
If City Council votes to move forward with issuing citations, a citizen could be fined $25 dollars which will then be processed through the municipal court. 
Questions or concerns can be directed to the Walhalla Police Department at 864-638-5831.

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