Maybe you set big goals for this year– like buying a house or going on a long-awaited European vacation – before COVID-19 and the resulting economic downturn put many of our resolutions onpause. (And this is a best case scenario, as thousands in SC have faced unemployment.)
Not only have many of us had to adjust our budgets, but how and what we purchase has also changed: Grocery delivery services, for example, have seen a major spike during the pandemic while restaurants have been hit hard nationwide.
But what about right here in Columbia? We want to know what changes you’ve made to your spending + savings habits.
Local credit union AllSouth asked its team members these questions, and their answers ran the gamut from saving money on gas + childcare to identifying needs vs. wants to choosing to support local businesses.
One team member, Jamie, said: “I’ve enjoyed shopping online and using grocery pickup. Not only do I limit my exposure, but I don’t buy all the unnecessary stuff I would when I go inside the store and walk down the aisles. Plus,as you go along, you can see your total and adjust if needed.” Ⓟ
○ On Monday, DHEC announced1,320 new cases of coronavirus and four additional deaths in SC. That brings the total number of cases in SC of COVID-19 to 34,546, and the total deaths to 717.
○ Last week, Gov. Henry McMaster confirmed that theaters, night clubs, concert halls and spectator sport venues will stay closed as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. Additionally, assisted living + nursing homes were permitted to allow limited visitation for immediate family members of residents. (CRBR)
○ Richland 1, Richland 2 and Lexington-Richland 5 school districts have announced that all summer workouts have been postponed. New start dates have not been set by any of the three districts. (The State)
○ South Carolina State Museum is now in phase two of its reopeningplan to allow more exhibits and gallery spaces to be available to guests. Currently, museum hours are Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. + beginning on July 7, hours will extend to 10 p.m. with admission returning to normal pricing. All guests under the age of 10 will be required to wear masks.
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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
ICYMI –Restaurants who display this decal beginning July 1 are voluntarily participating in the Palmetto Priority program. More information on this program and the application to participate can be found here.
SC Restaurant and Lodging Association will oversee the consumer response program by offering an opportunity for any guests to share their experience, both positive and negative, through a short survey. The survey is for restaurants participating in the program and can be found here.
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Weather ○ 94º | Scattered thunderstorms | 30%chance of rain
UofSC ○ The COMET + UofSChave announced a new partnership contract of $1.5 million to provide a free shuttle service for students and faculty. The COMET will be using 12 buses for the Carolina Shuttle and by the spring of 2021, there will be 12 new buses that will replace the used buses.
Outdoors ○ Richland County’s Stormwater Management Division is launchingvirtual focus groups to gather public input as the division develops outreach programs to address surface water quality in local streams and creeks. Richland County residents can sign up for the focus groups of eight to 12 people each on the division’s websiteby August 14.Those who sign up will be contacted to participate in a focus group or receive a survey.
ForKids ○ Sylvan Learning Center in Columbia + Irmo have announcedvirtual camp dates for July. The weekly online camps include subjects from writing, coding and college reading strategies for a variety of grade levels. (Columbia Metro CEO)
Community ○ Richland Libraryis hosting a virtual Let’s Talk Race discussion from 6:30-8:30 p.m. tomorrow.Register here to take part in this free online program. The discussion aims to encourage members of the community to engage in this difficult + sometimes emotional dialogue.
SodaCitizen ○ An English teacher from Spring Hill High School in Chapin was announced last week as the 2021 Teacher of the Year award winner. Mrs. Sarah Gams will travel South Carolina next school year to mentor, attend speaking engagements, work with teacher cadets + teach fellows. (Cola Daily)
TodayIs ○ 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. Ⓟ
FactOrFiction ○ With mortgage rates at a historic low, now may be a good time to refinance. Fact or fiction? Answer here. 🤔 Ⓟ