Richland County seeks feedback on wearing masks to stem COVID-19 spread

Richland County is seeking input on whether to require residents to wear face coverings in public to help stop the continued spread of COVID-19.

Some members of County Council requested public feedback to determine whether the County should pursue an ordinance. The use of face masks in public follows guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends face coverings for most people age 2 and older. The City of Columbia is discussing a proposed ordinance to require face masks in public.

County Council has not put forth a proposed ordinance or potential penalties for not following it.

Residents are encouraged to give feedback in a brief poll on the use of face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The poll is accessible on the County’s website at www.richlandcountysc.gov/FaceMaskSurvey. County staff also will gather feedback and questions on the topic at 803-576-2169 and via email: [email protected].

Feedback will be accepted through July 14, after which County Council will assess next steps.