Governor Henry McMaster announced the creation of accelerateSC, a coordinated economic revitalization plan involving small and large business leaders, healthcare professionals, local government officials, and education professionals. As of April 20th at 5 pm, the following businesses were reopened:
- Furniture and home-furnishings stores
- Clothing, shoe, and clothing-accessory stores
- Jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores
- Department stores, with the exception of hardware and home-improvement stores
- Sporting goods stores
- Book, craft, and music stores
- Flea markets
- Florists and flower stores
All other businesses previously closed by executive order will remain closed until further notice.
Under the order, these businesses must adhere to strict social distancing requirements, operating at 20% occupancy or five (5) customers per 1,000 square feet, whichever is less. In addition, businesses must not knowingly allow customers to congregate within six feet of one another, excluding families, and follow relevant CDC and DHEC guidelines.
While the order also reopened public access to beaches, public piers, docks, and wharfs, local officials were delegated the authority to restrict access. Area beaches included Folly Beach remain closed. State parks are scheduled to reopen on May 1st. The Town continues to have its two parks closed; Pinckney Park and Dock Street Park. Charleston County Parks and Recreation and the City of Charleston also continue to have their park access closed
For a full listing of the Governor’s Executive Orders, visit: https://governor.sc.gov/executive-branch/executive-orders
SCHOOLS – Charleston County Schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. The meal-pick-up and delivery program still remains in effect. Charleston County School District is operating a drive-thru "Grab & Go" Style Meal Service consisting of breakfast and lunch for students at 15 sites within the District. The site on James Island is Harborview Elementary School. Pick-ups are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between the hours of 11 am and 1 pm. For more information and a full list of meal sites and information on further updates on distance learning, please visit www.ccsdschools.com<http://www.ccsdschools.com
JAMES ISLAND OUTREACH – Please note that food donations can be dropped off to James Island Outreach on Tues and Thursday mornings, between the hours of 9 am and Noon. Please visit this link to learn more about most needed items, and where monetary donations can be made: https://jioutreach.org/donations/
Please spread the word to friends, neighbors and any James Islander that you know who may be in need that food relief is distributed every Saturday morning from 9:30 to 11:30.
For a comprehensive resource guide for food, housing, and financial assistance, visit - www.sc211.org
JAMES ISLAND – As of April 22nd, James Island (29412) currently has 3 cases testing positive for COVID-19. Keep in mind this number fluctuates as cases past the 14 days of projected infection are removed from the count. Many more people are likely infected and have not yet shown symptoms or are already ill and have not been tested. SCDHEC is estimating a factor of 9 which would imply as many as 180 total cases on Jame Island. The positive cases are due to exposure in the past. To control spread of this disease, we must continue to practice social distancing now. Remain at least six feet away from other people, especially for extended periods of time (30 minutes or more.) Wash your hands often with soap and water. Avoid touching your face. Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Help protect your fellow James Islanders by wearing a cloth mask when making necessary trips to grocery stores, pharmacies, or for health care.
For peak demand statistics in South Carolina, visit https://covid19.healthdata.org/projections
ECONOMIC RECOVERY ASSISTANCE
The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some taxpayers who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the economic impact payment. For more information regarding what to expect, please visit https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know
Small Business Loans including bridge loans with advances up to $10,000 that doesn't have to be paid back, visit - www.sba.gov<http://www.sba.gov>
Charleston Chamber Resource Page https://www.charlestonchamber.org/coronavirus-resources/...
CDC Guidance for Business Community https://www.cdc.gov/.../commu.../guidance-business-response.html
Low Country Local First
TOWN OF JAMES ISLAND AND SURROUNDING AGENCIES- Town Council held a special meeting on April 1st authorizing the use of electronic meetings for Town committees and councils, except the Board of Zoning Appeals. Town Council will be holding it's regularly-scheduled Town Council meeting on May 21st via Zoom and it will be also be live-streamed on the Town's YouTube channel, link found here: http://www.jamesislandsc.us/videos-and-meeting-archive. The agenda and information on how to provide public comment can be found here: http://www.jamesislandsc.us/town-council-agendas-minutes
On March 19, 2020, James Island Town Council adopted an emergency ordinance that deferred the Town's collection of hospitality taxes for 60 days due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Businesses are asked to continue to collect taxes from patrons, but the businesses are not required to remit those monies at this time. Once collections resume you will be able to submit payments without penalty for the months deferred. Town Council also deferred enforcement of the plastics ban for 60 days, closed its parks, and allowed teleworking for non-essential employees. This emergency ordinance was extended thru May 21st.
Mayor Woolsey issued an Emergency Proclamation regarding permitting Bed and Breakfasts within the Town’s jurisdiction. No new short-term and long-term reservations shall be made and any new check-ins are prohibited thru May 14th. Visitors who are currently checked in may remain until the end of their existing reservations. A violation of this Proclamation may result in fines and imprisonment as prescribed in Section 10.99 of the Town of James Island Code of Ordinances. This proclamation may be viewed here: http://www.jamesislandsc.us/Data/Sites/1/media/emergency/emergency-proclamation---bb.pdf
For a full listing of Town Emergency Ordinances and Proclamations, visit http://www.jamesislandsc.us/emergency-ordinances-
Town Hall Operations - The Town Hall lobby is closed to the public. However, the Town continues to provide services via phone, email and through drop box operations. Many of our forms are available on our website at http://www.jamesislandsc.us/forms-and-documents and can be emailed into appropriate staff. Staff contact information can be found here: http://www.jamesislandsc.us/.../flyer_emergency-provision-of-...
The James Island Public Service District Administrative Office is closed the public. Payments for sewer service can be mailed or made electronically. For Wastewater Emergencies ONLY please Call 843-795-2345. The JIPSD has delayed cutoffs of sewer service. Garbage (Roller-bin) service yard debris pickup continues as usual. Pick-up of bulk items and construction waste is suspended. The JIPSD fire stations are closed to the public. For more information: https://www.jipsd.org/
Charleston County has activated a help line you can call from 9 am to 5 pm with questions concerning the pandemic. That number is 1-843-746-3900. Charleston County courts lobby will be open from 10-2 weekdays but only for drop box deliveries. Anything else you should call ahead for instructions. All Charleston County Office Buildings are closed to the public with services available by phone or email. For more information visit: https://www.charlestoncounty.org/clickandgo.php
CDC GUIDANCE - The Town of James Island recommends citizens follow the guidelines from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
DHEC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) homepage: https://www.scdhec.gov/.../.../coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) homepage: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) and Children: https://www.cdc.gov/.../201.../specific-groups/children-faq.html
Those with questions about COVID-19 can call the DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432. Staff is answering calls Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
If you are experiencing symptoms, MUSC is offering free drive-thru testing at the West Ashley Citadel Mall. Please complete the information on MUSC telehealth to get an appointment before going to the drive-thru. MUSC Tele-health: https://campaigns.muschealth.org/virtual-care/index.html. You can also call 843-792-2300.
The Town remains vigilant in monitoring Coronavirus/COVID-19 and its continuing impact on our region by making every effort to educate our staff and the public. Updates will be released and posted to the Town's website at www.jamesislandsc.us<http://www.jamesislandsc.us>, the Town's social media platforms, and distributed to our email distribution list. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> to subscribe to our weekly meeting notifications and news releases.