Aiken City Council issued a resolution that is strongly encouraging the use of face coverings, and other measures intended to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19 during a special meeting held July 2, 2020.

Health authorities, including the CDC, the Surgeon General of the United States, and S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has recommended the use of face coverings as a means of preventing the spread of COVID-19, and the City of Aiken strongly encourages all residents and visitors to follow the guidelines.

The City Council, based on the recommendations of public health experts and responsive to a serious threat to the public health, safety, and welfare of its citizens, actively encourages its residents, businesses, and visitors as follows:

1. Individuals should wear face coverings in all enclosed public spaces, including retail establishments and food service establishments, when social-distancing of 6 feet or more is not possible.

2. Individuals should practice social distancing, hand washing, and other safety measures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

3. Retail establishments and food service establishments should require all employees in regular contact with the general public to wear face coverings when social-distancing of 6 feet or more is not possible.

4. Retail establishments should sanitize common areas and/or objects regularly.