February 02, 2021
Town Council Extends Emergency Ordinance Passes First Reading of Ordinance with Emergency Restrictions until December
Today (February 2, 2021), Town Council passed Emergency Ordinance 2021- 02, extending existing requirements, including face coverings and other emergency restrictions, to address COVID-19 until March 2, 2021. Violators of any provision will be subject to a fine of up to $100 plus required statutory assessments.
In addition, Town Council passed the first reading of Ordinance 2021-03, which establishes emergency restrictions that shall remain in place until December 31, 2021, or until the Governor allows the current State of Emergency to expire, whichever date comes first.
The second reading and final adoption of Ordinance 2021-03 will occur at the March 2 Town Council meeting. Upon adoption, Ordinance 2021-03 will replace the existing Emergency Ordinance 2021- 02. The new Ordinance is available in its entirety here. A summary is provided below:
- Required for all persons, including employees, entering or waiting to enter any restaurant (including persons waiting to pick up a carryout order), business, club, or association facility at all times
- Exceptions, such as those for health, age, and activity, are listed in the Ordinance
- Businesses and restaurants are responsible for enforcing this Emergency Ordinance with regard only to their employees and conspicuously posting the information for guests and employees
Additional Emergency Restrictions:
The Town adopts all Emergency Orders as amended issued by the State of South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster related to the coronavirus, including Governor’s Executive Order 2020-73.
All restaurants and other establishments that possess a state permit to sell alcohol must comply with the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-73 which enacts the following mandatory restrictions:
- The sale or consumption of beer, wine, or alcoholic liquor is prohibited between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. (sale for off-premises consumption is not covered by this restriction);
- Employees and patrons must wear masks or face coverings;
- Tables are to be spaced to keep diners at least six feet apart;
- No more than eight customers per table unless from the same family; and
- Standing or congregating in the bar area is prohibited.
Although Executive Order No. 2020-73 does not include an occupancy restriction on restaurants, the Town has determined that the 50% restriction on restaurant occupancy should remain thus:
- Restaurants must operate dine-in services at no more than 50% of the certificate of occupancy issued by the fire marsh
Other types of businesses, facilities, venues, events, or mass gatherings are permitted to be open but are required to implement AccelerateSC guidelines which include:
- Attendance may not exceed 50% of their occupancy limit – or 250 persons – whichever is less;
- Require wearing face coverings as a condition of admission or participation;
- Enact social distancing, cleaning, and hygiene practices recommended by AccelerateSC; and
- End the sale of alcohol at 11:00 p.m.
All essential businesses originally covered by the Governor’s Executive Order No. 2020-21, Section 1(I) must comply with occupancy rate, social distancing practices, and sanitation requirements included in the Governor’s Executive Order No. 2020-21, Section 1(I), which includes the following restrictions
- Limit the number of customers not to exceed five customers per 1,000 square feet of retail space or twenty percent (20%) of the occupancy limit as determined by the fire marshal, whichever is less.
- Not allow patrons to congregate within six (6) feet of one another, exclusive of family units.
- Comply with sanitation guidelines promulgated by the CDC, DHEC, or any other state or federal public health officials.
Violators of any other provision contained in this Emergency Ordinance will be subject to a criminal fine of up to $100 plus required statutory assessments.
SCDHEC has announced an upward trend in cases of COVID-19 in Charleston County. Find a testing location here. Visit the Town’s comprehensive webpage with resources on COVID-19 including updated statistics, DHEC reporting, and more.
The Town is operating under Emergency Ordinance 2021-02, which requires face coverings and other emergency restrictions to address COVID-19 until March 2, 2021, and will be replaced by Ordinance 2021-03, after second reading which establishes emergency restrictions that shall remain in place until December 31, 2021, or until the Governor allows the current State of Emergency to expire, whichever date comes first.
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