Chatham County extends mask mandate as others expire orders


SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Some local municipalities are easing mask mandates as vaccinations ramp up while others keep orders in place.

Chatham County’s mask ordinance has been extended another month through May 30. It’s the county’s 12th continuation of the order.

Masks must be worn over the nose and mouth in public spaces, including commercial establishments, government buildings and any time people gather in groups of 10 or more.

Savannah’s mask mandate remains until May 6, though Mayor Van Johnson has indicated the order will be extended beyond that date.

Meanwhile, the mandatory orders in Beaufort and Port Royal expire at midnight. Bluffton and Beaufort County’s mandates have already expired, however, masks must be worn in county courthouses.

Expiration dates for Yemassee and Hilton Head Island are coming up on May 9 and 16, respectively. It’s not yet clear if the orders will be extended.

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