SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – A mandatory mask order in Chatham County has been extended for the 10th time.
Chatham County Board of Commission Chairman Chester Ellis signed off on the order Monday. The mandate will remain in place until 11:59 p.m. on April 6.
This comes two days after the previous order expired Friday night. At the time, Chatham County officials told News 3 the extension would be signed in the following days.
The order requires a mask or face covering in public spaces, including commercial establishments and government buildings, or in groups of 10 people or more.
Social distancing of 6 feet is also required to the extent that is possible, along with washing or sanitizing hands.
Meanwhile, Savannah’s mask order was extended last week and will also remain in place until 11:59 p.m. on April 6.
Mask mandates are being lifted around the country, including in South Carolina.
Gov. Henry McMaster on Friday threw out an order that required face coverings in government office buildings and restaurants.
Still, many are heeding warnings from health officials to keep prevention measures in place.
Chatham County’s hospitalizations and community transmission index have steadily decreased in recent weeks, but only after a peak in January.