Updated April 14, 2021
Mayor John Tecklenburg and city of Charleston leaders remain in close communication with federal, state and regional officials including representatives of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the U.S. Coast Guard and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) regarding the city's ongoing response to COVID-19.
In addition, city officials are working to review and update city plans, policies and procedures to reflect all current recommendations and best practices.
For the latest updates from the city, please visit, https://www.charleston-sc.gov/2408/City-of-Charleston-Coronavirus-Updates.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
View Governor McMaster's State of Emergency Executive Order here: https://governor.sc.gov/executive-branch/executive-orders.
On July 11, 2020, Governor Henry McMaster issued Executive Order No 2020-45 which prohibits the sale of alcohol at restaurants, bars and other establishments after 11 p.m. Read the full Executive Order here.
In order to safely stimulate the recovery of the City's restaurant industry and support local restaurants, City Council has temporarily suspended certain provisions of the City’s ordinances prohibiting serving food and drink outdoors on private property and on City sidewalks. The goal is to balance the ability of restaurants to maximize the use of outdoor areas, while preserving the ability of the City to take action to protect against any adverse impacts to livability and safety matters. As a result, the City has retained the ability to modify all approvals or permits if any such adverse impacts should arise.
This Ordinance shall expire on January 10, 2022, unless otherwise modified by a subsequent City Ordinance.
Businesses can apply for this use here.
Learn more about the emergency ordinance here.
Businesses with questions regarding this ordinance can contact the city here.
Business & Neighborhood Services has developed a COVID-19 resource list for the Charleston community to include essential resources, small business support, and recreation/education/entertainment resources, as well as opportunities to donate and volunteer to help those impacted by the coronavirus.
Those with questions about COVID-19 can call the DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432. Staff is answering calls from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.