Last night, Columbia City Councilpassed an emergency ordinance, which will require all residents(ages 10 and up)to wear a mask in public and when visiting businesses in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The ordinance will go into effect this Friday, June 26 at 6 a.m. and will last for 60 days.
The ordinance will affect those within the city limits. Unsure of where those lie? Check out this map.
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So when will masks be required? ○ Inside a public building ○ Waiting to enter a public building ○ Interacting with others outdoors within six feet of each other ○ In public and private businesses ○ Public and private transportation ○ Walking in public when it isn’t possible to maintain six-foot distance from others
When do I not need to wear a mask? ○ In personal vehicles ○ In an enclosed space or when you’re only with members of your household ○ During outdoor physical activity not within six feet of others ○ While eating, drinking or smoking ○ Within religious establishments ○ When a mask causes or aggravates a health condition ○ When a mask would prevent the receipt of personal services
Acceptable face coverings includecloth face coverings, bandanas, N95 respirators, surgical masks + face shields. A system will be developed to provide masks to those who need them.
Violating the ordinance will be punishable as a civil infraction with a fine of up to $25.
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. Violating this portion of the ordinance is punishable as a civil infraction with a fine of up to $100.
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.
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○ South Carolina saw coronavirus-related hospitalizations increase by nearly 100 people on Tuesday, according to DHEC. 890 new cases and 14 new deaths were also announced. (The State)
○ Yesterday afternoon, Governor Henry McMaster announced a sticker program to identify restaurants abiding by CDC and DHEC health recommendations. By obtaining the sticker, the governor also asks participating restaurants to take online courses + have a limited DHEC inspection. An online portal will allow guests to comment on experiences at these restaurants and report any observed behavior that doesn’t follow recommendations.(The State)
○ After successfully processing holds for over 2,000 customers, Richland Libraryannounced it will expand its limited services. Beginning today, customers will be able to request new materials over the phone and online and pick them up at any location with a pick-up window (Ballentine, Northeast, Sandhills + St. Andrews). The library will also begin accepting returns at book drop-offs at any library location.
○ Richland County Councilis looking for the public’s input on the potential ordinance that would require residents to wear face masks in public. To give feedback, take the poll here.
○ Columbia Fashion Week – originally scheduled for August 13-15 – has been cancelled for 2020 due to the coronavirus. The event is now being planned for summer 2021. (WIS)
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Have you seen any changes recently around town? Columbia is getting a fresh mural on Devine Street thanks to the creative works of @phunkyartz. The new mural features five diverse arms locking together as a display of unity and reads “Columbia we’re in it together!”
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Weather ○ 88º | Thunderstorms | 50%chance of rain ○A large plume of dust is heading towards SC for the weekend. Also referred to as the Saharan Air Layer, the dust could bring hazy skies, increased allergies + intense sunrises and sunsets through June 30, according to the National Weather Service’s Eastern Region. (The State)
Development ○ Columbia Housingreleased plans for the upcoming $58.3 million dollar development, which will be called The Oaks at St. Anna’s Park. The project will create 285 units for senior housing + two and three-bedroom townhouse style apartments for families. This will replace the Gonzales Gardens public housing complex, which was demolished in 2017. (The State)
Cause ○ The SC Philharmonic has moved the silent auction for Tasting Notes, originally scheduled in March, online. More than 100 items and packages can be bid on here to support the local music organization. (Cola Daily)
Closed ○ Tyson Foods in Columbia will closeits doors in August, which will cause over 100 people to be laid off. The production company decided to move the plant to another location.(The State)
NowOpen ○ Nonnah’s, the popular dessert spot previously located in the Vista, is opening at The Haven Coffee House, located at 121 E. Main St., Lexington, on July 1.
Number ○ $39. The amount you’ll pay for 4 bottles of wine,customized to your taste buds, through Winc (a 40% off deal exclusive to our readers; including direct shipping to your door). Take their 6-question palette quiz and get wine paired to your preferences here. 🍷 Ⓟ
Furman University is hosting its High School Virtual Academy July 13-24 | photo provided
Furman University is still accepting applications for itsHigh School Virtual Academy, July 13-24, where high school students (rising sophomores and above) looking to get ahead can develop real-world skills + connect with industry professionals.
The academy offers 3 tracks: • Community Health, led by the Institute for the Advancement of Community Health • Innovation & Entrepreneurship, led by Furman Innovation & Entrepreneurship • Sustainability, led by The Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities