Since restaurants have begun reopening, we’ve had many readers ask about which are requiring their staff to wear masks. We asked y’all in a newsletter last week and on Facebook, Instagram + Twitter to send in restaurants you have noticed have all staff members in masks.
Below we’ve compiled a list of your responses. Did we miss something? Reply to this email and let us know.
○ On Monday, DHECannounced 1,002 new cases of coronavirus and six additional deaths in SC. That brings the total number of cases in SC of COVID-19 to 25,666, and the total deaths to 659.
○ Yesterday, SC Education Superintendent Molly Spearmanreleased the final recommendations from AccelerateED for how public schools will reopen safely. However, Spearman stated that if SC continues to increase cases of COVID-19 that face to face learning will be “extremely difficult” + while the recommendations are for all of SC, there will be flexibility for local districts to make adjustments that work best for them. View the full report here. (WLTX)
○ Protesters, who attended any events at the State House from May 30 – June 17, are strongly encouraged to gettested for COVID-19 after organizers + participants have tested positive. The recent spike in cases has caused organizers to postpone some future events. (The State)
○ Dominion Energy has expanded assistance to SC customers facing financial hardship by offering more flexible payment plans, extending the “no disconnection” policy until mid-September + providing additional funding to the year-round assistance program, EnergyShare.
○ UofSC announced that teachers who make more than $118,000 a year will be furloughed for 10 days in the 2020-2021 school yearin an effort to help balance the loss of $127 million the university is expecting. Teachers who make more than $200,000 will be furloughed for 20 days.(The State)
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CDC’s recommendations regarding public gatherings, we have decided to postpone public event coverage for the time being. We look forward to bringing you Columbia’s #MustDo events soon (until then, feel free to submit your virtual events
If you catch a ride on The COMET this summer, you’ll notice a seat saved for Sarah Mae Flemming on each of the busses. The seats will be saved for two months, through August 22.
On June 22, 1954, Flemming was assaulted for sitting in the “whites only” section of a bus in Columbia. Yesterday, 66 years after the incident, the City of Columbia, the Town of Eastover and Richland County declared June 22 “Sarah Mae Flemming Day”.
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Weather ○ 90º | Scattered thunderstorms | 40%chance of rain
Civic ○ SCDOT announced$562 million for roadway paving and resurfacing projects in all SC counties for the upcoming fiscal year. Check out a map of the streets and roads that will be part of the program here. (WIS)
NowOpen ○ Segra Parkhas opened a new restaurant in the bullpen boxes along the third base line. Traditional ballpark food, salads, wraps and appetizers will be served with a full-time chef and bar service. There is limited seating and tables have been spaced out to account for social distancing. Reservations are required and can be made here. (Cola Daily)
Cause ○ Power in Changing, the Diaper Bank of the Midlands, is hosting a virtual wipe drive from June 22-30. The nonprofit is in need of wipes, unopened diapers (in larger sizes) and period supplies. Donations can be dropped off(at 6615-B Two Notch Rd.), purchased through the Amazon Wish Listormade online.
UofSC ○ The University of South Carolina is offering IBM Artificial Intelligence training courses to students, alumni and community members. Those who pass the final exam and complete the course will receive an IBM Digital Badge. The course is designed for students in all career paths. To learn more about the course, UofSC is hosting a free webinar on June 30 at 5:30 p.m., which you can register for here.
Number ○ 150,000+. The deaths caused by injury in the U.S. each year. Lexington Medical Center (a Level III Trauma Center)offers a one-hour course teaching participants how to stop serious bleeding + save a life.Learn more.🤕 Ⓟ
Closing ○ Crouch Distilling, the only craft distillery in Columbia, will permanently close at the end of the month. The distillery is offering closing deals on all products and merchandise through June + is open for its normal hours. (Free Times)
TodayIs ○ SC Primary Runoff Election Day. Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. + polling locations will remain the same as the June 9 Primary. Unsure of who to vote for?Here’s The State’s guide to the Richland and Lexington County races. (The State) ○ Toilet Paper Tuesday at Hotel Trundle (1224 Taylor St.).Each Tuesday in June from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., rain or shine,Hotel Trundle is giving out free toilet paperto our community in need. Their staff will curbside-deliver 80 total rolls of toilet paper to the first 80 people that drive up during the designated time frame (1-2 rolls per car, depending on demand). Bonus: Other small businesses are throwing in free coupons + stickers. Ⓟ
PlanAhead ○ 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. Ⓟ