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City of Charleston restricting large gatherings of 50 or more people

ByLive 5 Web Staff|March 16, 2020 at 3:32 PM EDT - Updated March 16 at 3:32 PM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Effective midnight Tuesday, public indoor establishments within the City of Charleston will be temporarily restricted from permitting large gatherings of 50 or more people, including but not limited to bars and restaurants; movie theaters and live performance venues; bowling alleys and arcades; gyms and fitness centers, and houses of worship.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg announced the following steps being taken:

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.

The city’s Permit Center will be closed to the general public. Many permits can be submitted online through the Citizen Access Portal athttps://www.charleston-sc.gov/cap. For permit types not yet configured in CAP, permit applications can be submitted digitally topermits@charleston-sc.gov.

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.

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