After 10 months of requiring buyers to put on a masks whereas conducting enterprise within the Metropolis of Greenwood’s retail outlets, many enterprise homeowners are glad to see town’s masks ordinance finish.
“It’s time,” Taylor Tucker, supervisor of Thayer’s Items and House Décor, mentioned.
The town’s masks mandate expires at 8 a.m. at present.
Final week, Greenwood Metropolis Council mentioned whether or not to rescind, let expire or prolong town’s requirement that retailers, employees and clients put on face coverings whereas conducting enterprise indoors inside metropolis limits.
“I believe we must let it expire,” Councilman Ronnie Ables mentioned on the assembly. “I believe the risk is fairly nicely handed.”
Mayor Professional Tem Johnathan Bass mentioned he wouldn’t vote for any extra masks ordinances as a result of the emergency stage was handed. With the rise in vaccinations, Bass mentioned everybody has now had a chance to be vaccinated.
Council handed its first emergency masks ordinance in July and prolonged the mandate in September, November, January and March. In December, council voted 3-3 – a tie that successfully ended the matter – on first studying of a long-term extension of the masks ordinance which might have continued the mandate till Gov. Henry McMaster’s state of emergency was lifted.
Many retailers mentioned the supply and use of vaccinations towards COVID-19 have made buyers extra snug in shops.
“Numerous our clients that are available in have been vaccinated,” Jessica Pinson, supervisor of Candy Teas Kids’s Boutique, mentioned.
Pinson mentioned her store will proceed to take care of social distancing and she is going to proceed to put on a masks however whether or not clients put on a masks whereas procuring can be as much as them.
Jack Jennings at McCaslan’s Guide Retailer mentioned clients are free to put on masks or not whereas pursuing the books and workplace provides within the retailer. He mentioned all of McCaslan’s workers have been vaccinated and plenty of of their clients have as nicely.
Tucker mentioned she stopped requiring clients to put on masks final week and plenty of of her clients have been vaccinated. Tucker mentioned she is happy with how folks responded to the pandemic.
“I believe Greenwood did a reasonably good job,” Tucker mentioned.
Whereas town’s masks ordinance is coming to an finish, some companies are going to nonetheless require their clients to put on masks whereas procuring inside.
Ki Kang, proprietor of Okay-Magnificence Provide, mentioned his retailer will proceed to require clients to put on masks.
“I believe most of our Uptown companies accepted the masks ordinance with little to no hesitancy,” Uptown Greenwood Supervisor Lara Hudson mentioned in an e-mail. “They wished to do what was in one of the best curiosity of their employees, clients and enterprise. Their general aim was to maintain everybody protected and wholesome whereas protecting their doorways open.”
Coping with COVID-19 has been attempting for small companies throughout the nation and the ache of pandemic has been felt by enterprise homeowners in Uptown.
In early April 2020, McMaster issued an government order closing all nonessential enterprise to the general public which compelled enterprise homeowners to suppose exterior of the field and shift to curbside, supply, and on-line operations. A couple of weeks later, he allowed companies to reopen on a smaller scale — 5 folks per 1,000 sq. ft or 20% of capability.
Since then, companies have been allowed to get again to regular operations.
Pinson mentioned Candy Teas continues to be not again to the traditional circulation of enterprise however issues are getting higher. Tucker agreed.
“Slowly getting higher,” Tucker mentioned.
She mentioned weddings are starting to choose up in addition to events and showers.
Alvin Rankin, proprietor of McCaslan’s, mentioned his clients have been loyal and December was one of many greatest months by way of gross sales that they’ve ever had.
“Our enterprise has been nice,” Rankin mentioned.
Kang mentioned his enterprise has been the identical all through the pandemic.
“I applaud the entire Uptown companies for the resiliency they’ve proven over the previous 14 months,” Hudson mentioned. “They centered on protecting their employees and clients protected and labored tirelessly to maintain their doorways open all through the pandemic.”
Hudson mentioned the creativity and flexibility of Uptown companies needs to be celebrated.
“We are able to lastly see a light-weight on the finish of the tunnel and they’re all trying ahead to an excellent remainder of 2021 and transferring into 2022 with excessive hopes,” Hudson mentioned.