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Posted on: March 16, 2020

[ARCHIVED] City of Charleston Coronavirus Update March 16, 2020

At an emergency telephonic City Council meeting at 2 p.m. today, Council will be briefed on city actions to date and consider a State of Emergency declaration. The call in number for the meeting is 1-800-747-5150; access code: 7243729#.

Following the meeting, at 3 p.m., Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and MUSC President Dr. David Cole will hold a press conference at Washington Square, located behind City Hall at 80 Broad Street.

Currently, city officials and staff are taking the following additional steps to protect public safety and slow the spread of the coronavirus in our area.

All public meetings have been canceled through the end of the month. Essential meetings will be rescheduled as needed with technology and social distancing practices that protect participants and the general public.

Public performances and gallery showings have been canceled in all city facilities through March 31.

All instructor led Recreation Department programs and classes, including youth and adult sports programs, have been suspended. Consistent with CDC guidelines, citizens are discouraged from gathering in groups of 50 or more in city parks and playgrounds.

City senior centers are closed.

Beginning at noon today, the city’s Permit Center will be closed to the general public. Many permits can be submitted online through the Citizen Access Portal (CAP), For permit types not yet configured in CAP, permit applications can be submitted digitally to

At this time, there will be no inspections of occupied structures. Inspections for unoccupied structures will continue as normal.

City departments are implementing work-from-home policies that allow city services to continue.

City Police, Fire and Sanitation have implemented enhanced safety protocols and prepared continuity of operations plans in case they are forced to maintain operations with a reduced workforce.

Mayor Tecklenburg said, “The health and public safety of our citizens and employees are always our priority. This virus is known to be very contagious and taking these social distancing measures is essential to mitigating the spread in our community.”

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