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Columbia now requiring face masks in public

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s capital is now requiring most everyone to wear a face mask in public to guard against spreading the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
The law, which took effect Friday after being approved by city leaders earlier this week, requires most people over the age of 10 to cover their face while inside a building that’s open to the public or while interacting with others outdoors.
There are some exemptions for health problems, but violators could face fines. Cities including Clemson, Charleston and Greenville also have approved rules requiring masks.
The measures came as both hospitalizations and the rate of positive virus tests are on the rise in South Carolina. State Epidemiologist Linda Bell said COVID-19 is spreading quickly and it might be time for a statewide mask rule, something Gov. Henry McMaster has resisted.

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