MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WTVD) -- Starting Friday, if you find yourself visiting or spending time in Myrtle Beach you will be required to wear a mask.
Myrtle Beach City Council unanimously voted on Thursday afternoon to enact a face-covering ordinance for both residents and visitors, ABC-affiliate WPDE reports. The decision comes just before the Fourth of July holiday weekend as the city prepares to see an uptick in tourists.
Mayor Brenda Bethune was asked on Good Morning America Friday morning: "There are reports of hundreds of new COVID-19 cases in D.C., Virginia and other areas linked to trips to your city, Myrtle Beach. Do you acct responsibility for some of that?" Here's what she said:
The ordinance requires the following:
The rule goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Thursday and will remain in effect for 67 days, or until rescinded, or until the expiration of the Declaration of Civil Emergency, whichever is first.
The popular tourist destination has been at the center of a COVID-19 outbreak after many people have tested positive after visiting Myrtle Beach. Most recently, nearly 100 teens from the Washington D.C. area tested positive for COVID-19 after a Myrtle Beach trip.
In an interview with WPDE, Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune said she is not blaming tourists, but she wants to see everyone, including residents, social distance and wear a mask.