Mayor Van Johnson has signed an emergency order that makes face masks mandatory in The City of Savannah when in public spaces.
According to a Facebook post from The City of Savannah Government, the mandate will go into effect tomorrow, July 1, at 8 p.m. and remain in effect until further notice; those found without a mask could be found guilty of a civil infraction and charged a fine.
civil infraction fine for not wearing a mask.
The order requires those who are entering a commercial establishment in Savannah to wear a mask; exceptions include being in your car, while exercising outdoors and able to maintain 6 feet of distance from others, when eating or drinking, and if the mask will irritate other health conditions, among a few others.
It also states that all retail establishments, grocery stores, personal care facilities, and restaurants must require all staff to wear a face-covering at all times.
"Frankly and honestly, I do not believe we have another choice. Our seven-day rolling average (of new cases) is 43, which is a new record, and our 14-day rolling average is 33, which is a new record," said Mayor Johnson.