The original emergency City Ordinance that required the use of face coverings and other measures intended to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19 will expire today, November 16, 2020, at 12 noon.

The City Council will convene on November 19, 2020, at 6 PM to vote on the second reading of an ordinance requiring face coverings/masks in the parameters of Governor Henry McMaster’s emergency executive order.

If the ordinance passes on November 19, information will be sent out immediately after the City Council Meeting informing all business license holders in the City of Aiken.

Based on the resolution from City Council dated July 2, 2020 and the recommendations of public health experts and responsive to a serious threat to the public health, safety, and welfare of its citizens, the City actively encourages its residents, businesses, and visitors as follows:

  • 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.
  • Individuals should practice social distancing, hand washing, and other safety measures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
  • 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.
  • Retail establishments should sanitize common areas and/or objects regularly.

Thank you for your attention to the safety and protection of Aiken and its residents.