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Final Charleston City Council votes needed for citywide mask mandate

Charleston City Council passed the first reading of a sweeping mask mandate that would require all people in the city, including in public and private schools, mask up while indoors.

The measure passed 10-3, with councilmen Kevin ShealyKarl Brady and Harry Griffin voting against. It will likely take effect after second and third readings at council’s Sept. 28 meeting.

Built in exceptions are written in for those with certain medical conditions, eating, drinking, smoking and in other situations where it is not reasonable to wear a mask.

Fines for mask violations would start at $100 and increase to $200, then $500 for subsequent offenses.

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials reported 3,251 total cases of COVID-19 Sept. 15, with 2,409 confirmed. A total of 138 new deaths, with 110 confirmed, were reported Wednesday.

With 26,481 tests reported, 12.6% were confirmed positive.

Percentage of S.C. residents with at least 1 vaccine: 58.7%
Percentage of S.C. residents who have completed vaccination: 49.8%