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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

City of Columbia Mask Ordinance in Effect

To the UofSC Community: 

The information below is provided for the awareness of our university community. 

The City of Columbia has approved Emergency Ordinance No. 2021-078 – Enactment of Certain Emergency Ordinances Related to COVID-19, which requires the use of face coverings in all public places within the City of Columbia, including the University of South Carolina. It expands the university’s indoor face-covering requirement to include “crowded outdoor spaces,” such as Williams-Brice Stadium during games, busy sidewalks, and other popular outdoor areas where it is impractical or impossible to maintain six feet of distance at all times. 

The City of Columbia is solely responsible for enforcing the ordinance, which is punishable by a fine of not more than $100.00. 

The ordinance also states that persons entering a commercial establishment or establishment open to the public in the city must wear a face covering while inside, unless eating or drinking. 

Face coverings are not required in the following circumstances:  

  • In personal vehicles.
  • When a person is alone in enclosed spaces; during outdoor physical activity, provided the active person maintains a minimum of six (6) feet from other people at all times.
  • When a person is alone or only with other household members.
  • While drinking, eating or smoking.
  • When wearing a face covering causes or aggravates a health condition.
  • When wearing a face covering would prevent the receipt of personal services.
  • When a person is five (5) years of age or younger.

The ordinance remains in effect for 30 days, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 8. 

For more information, visit the City of Columbia website.

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