Bishopville renews mask ordinance for 60 days


BISHOPVILLE - The City of Bishopville's existing COVID-19 mask ordinance was unanimously approved to be extended for an additional 60 days during Bishopville City Council's special-called meeting Thursday.

The current ordinance, set to expire on Oct. 20, requires residents to wear masks in restaurants and business establishments to slow the spread of the coronavirus. It also called for business owners to place signs at their businesses to promote wearing masks.

The ordinance will be extended for another 60 days with the same guidelines in place.

Although the city cannot enforce a mask mandate, council hopes this ordinance will help slow the spread of COVID-19.

In Lee County, about 48% of eligible residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to data from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Council members hope the extension will encourage residents to get vaccinated.