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Posted on: March 15, 2020

[ARCHIVED] City of Beaufort curtails activities in response to COVID-19 virus

BEAUFORT, S.C. (March 15, 2020) – The City of Beaufort, in response to Gov. McMaster’s State of Emergency decree, and in coordination with Beaufort County and other municipalities in the county, has undertaken a number of measures in response to the COVID-19 virus. These measures are being taken to better protect the public, and to also protect employees. They will start on Monday, March 16.

  • All public meetings, except council meetings, will be canceled. The public is asked to watch Beaufort City Council work sessions and regular meetings via Facebook Live. A work session is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, beginning at 5 p.m.
  • All parks in the City will be closed to public events and programming. They will be open for passive recreation, such as walking or jogging. Maintenance services will continue at the parks, with increased cleaning of restrooms.
  • Municipal Court cases through March 26 have been canceled. The court office is open during business hours to collect fines and for scheduling.
  • City staffing will be reduced to minimal levels. Non-essential staff will work from home when possible.

The public is urged to call City Hall at 843-525-7070 before coming in for any service. 

At the county level, the animal shelter, Assessor’s Office, Business License Department, public library branches, and other facilities will be closed to the public. Beaufort County updates can be found here

For now, county Convenience Centers will remain open. Operations at the Hilton Head Island Airport and Lady’s Island Airport remain available. Travelers should contact their airline carrier for questions about flight schedules. Information on the operating status of the nation’s major airports can be found at www.fly.faa.gov.

As of Sunday, March 15, three cases of the virus had been confirmed in Beaufort County, with a total of 28 positive tests throughout the state.

On Sunday, Gov. McMaster also ordered the closing of all schools in the State of South Carolina, from pre-K through the university level. Information from the Beaufort County School District can be found here.

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