In an emergency meeting on Thursday evening, Charleston City Council approved an emergency ordinance requiring face coverings in public areas throughout the city of Charleston to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. The ordinance will go into effect Wednesday, July 1 and will remain in effect for 60 days.
Face mask | Photo by the CHStoday team
The ordinance will affect those within the city limits. Unsure of where those lie? Check out this map.
So when will masks be required? ○ Inside public buildings and public and private businesses, including but not limited to restaurants, retail stores, salons, barber shops, grocery stores, and pharmacies ○ Interacting with others outdoors within six feet of each other ○ Public and private transportation, including tours ○ Walking in public when it isn’t possible to maintain six feet of distance from others ○ Whileparticipating in permitted gatherings
When do I not need to wear a mask? ○ In personal vehicles ○ In an enclosed space when you’re only with members of your household ○ During outdoor physical activity, as long as you maintain six feet of distance from others ○ While eating, drinking or smoking ○ If you have an underlying health condition
The ordinance also requires all grocery store, restaurant, pharmacy, retail store and salon employees to wear a mask at all times when interacting with the public.
Those who are unable to wear a mask due to age, an underlying health condition or cannot remove the mask without assistance are exempt from the ordinance.
The ordinance is a fine-only offense and will be enforced primarily by educational efforts by civilian officers with the city’s Livability Department. After a warning, violating the ordinance will be punishable as a civil infraction with a fine of $50.
Additionally, the City Council voted to extend the COVID-19 state of emergency currently in effect in the city of Charleston until July 15.
Don’t have a mask? Learn how to make your own here.
○ On Thursday, DHEC announced1,106 new cases of coronavirus and 8 additional deaths in SC. That brings the total number of SC COVID-19 cases to 28,962, and the total deaths to 691.
○ Of those new cases, 208 were reported in Charleston County, 58 were in Berkeley County, and 33 werein Dorchester County. One reported death occurred in CharlestonCounty and one in Berkeley County.
○ South Carolina attorney general Alan Wilson says individualcities are allowed to lawfully pass mask mandate ordinances under the Home Rule Doctrine, but that there are some limits to the power. Read more here. (WISTV)
○ Tidewater Health in Mount Pleasant (1435 Stuart Engals Blvd #101) is now offering drive-through COVID-19 testing with 48-hour results. To make an appointment, email the team or call (843)-800-5686. Hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
○ Due to coronavirus concerns, the 2020 Coastal Carolina Fair, scheduled to take place Oct. 29-Nov. 8, has been cancelled. More info here. (WCIV)
○ Walmart associates in South Carolina received cash bonuses yesterday, totaling more than $8 million statewide. The company is giving full-time associates and drivers bonuses that range from $150-$400. Walmart has given their associates almost $1 billion in cash bonuses and other incentives during COVID-19. (FOX Carolina)
○ New York, New Jersey + Connecticut will require everyone traveling from states with significant community spread of coronavirus —including SC — to self-quarantine for two weeks upon arrival. (The News & Observer)
Hey, there. Looking for today’s #MustDo events? In accordance with the
CDC’s recommendations regarding public gatherings, we have decided to postpone public event coverage for the time being. We look forward to bringing you Charleston’s #MustDo events soon (until then, feel free to submit your virtual events
Bumpa’s, a new rustic pub located on 5 Cumberland St., opened on Monday, featuring chef-created comfort food in a homey + lively environment.
You’re probably wondering –who is Bumpa? If you ask his grandchildren, aka the owners of the eatery, they’ll tell you that he was a man of many tall tales. While you’re dining, be sure to chat with the waitstaff to hear some of his legendary stories.
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Announced ○ Local event company Charleston on the Water announced its 4th of July Harbor Concert. The concert, which will take place on a barge located near Castle Pinckney, is free and accessible via boat. The live music, food and firework-filled event will begin at 2 p.m. and will feature country star Colt Ford. More info here. (Holy City Sinner)
Development ○ On Wednesday, Charleston city leaders hosted a Zoom meeting to collect community input on construction and renovationsdowntown. On the table for discussion was the design of a new parking garage on the peninsula, home renovations on St. Phillip Street + a new parking garage near King Street. (WCSC)
Virtual ○ Happening next Tuesday, June 30 is a free virtual training from Hire Me SC. If you’re an employer interested in learning how to engage top talent with disabilities, build diversity in the workplace + more, click the link here to register.
FeaturedJob ○ We’re hiring.6AM City, the parent company of GVLtoday, is hiring a Sales Development Representative to help support the sales process by generating qualified leads for the Sales Team. Core responsibilities include actively identifying, qualifying and setting up discovery meetings with national, regional and local prospects. Learn more about the position and how to apply here.
Apply ○ Holy City Linen, a commercial eco-friendly laundry service company, announced plans to expand operations in Charleston County by opening a second facility at 1275 Remount Road. in North Charleston. The company’s $12.4 million investment will create 254 new jobs. Those who are interested in applying can contact the Holy City Linen team via email.
Home ○ Remember that box on the side of your house that gives you hot water everyday? 🚿 Sometimes we forget about our tankless water heaters,but they deserve some TLC, too. Preferred Home Services recommends getting a tune-up at least once a year to keep your water heater running atpeak performance. Ⓟ
PlanAhead ○ NewSpring Church, located at 5101 Ashley Phosphate Road, North Charleston, is hosting afree firework showfor the whole family to enjoy on Sunday, June 28 from 8-10 p.m. Gather your family, get in the car and celebrate America’s independence together. 🇺🇸 Ⓟ ○ Do you have a high school student wanting to develop real-world and professional skills that will set them apart from other college applications? Furman University is hosting a two-week High School Virtual Academy from July 13-24. Learn more about the program here and apply. Ⓟ
Naternal’s “Trust the Dose System” allows consumers the chance to personalize their CBD experience | Photo via Root Bioscience
Trying a new self-care product or treatment shouldn’t bankrupt you. NC-made Naternal is cutting through the often confusing – and expensive – world of CBD with a line of high-quality products at prices that make sense; starting at $15.
Every human (and pet) is different, so Naternal’s product line + dosing system allows each customer to fully personalize their CBD experience. They even created this quiz to help customers find the product that best suits their needs. Ⓟ