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All City updates related to COVID-19 will be posted on this page.
Mayor O’Neal issued a Mayoral Proclamation strongly urging the wearing of face masks or face coverings while inside enclosed areas in public to include retail and food establishments. Proclamation also strongly encourages staff members of these establishments to also wear a face masks or face coverings.
City Hall closed to the public due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19 and multiple other staff members being exposed to that person.
City Hall, as well as the lobbies of the Police Station and Beach & Swim Center, reopened to the public with capacity and physical distancing restrictions.
City Council took no further action after emergency ordinance 551 that extended the closure of all City playgrounds. Therefore, effective May 23 all City playgrounds have reopened.
City Council enacted an emergency ordinance that extended the closure of all City playgrounds until May 23, 2020, and re-opened all other facilities that were closed pursuant to Ordinance 548 enacted on March 15, 2020. The re-opened facilities will operate under guidelines set forth by the Governor’s office including, but not limited to, no more than five people per 1,000 square feet or 20% capacity, whichever is less.
City Council enacted an emergency ordinance that re-opened tennis and pickle ball facilities within the City. All playgrounds and basketball courts remain closed to the public until at least May 13, 2020.
City Council enacted an emergency ordinance that reopens certain parks in Tega Cay. Effective immediately, the athletic fields at Runde Park, Turner Field and Lookout park are now open to public use. Pitcairn Park’s boat launch and lake access at the Beach & Swim Center are also open for public use. In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Orders and CDC guidelines, groups must remain at no more than three(3) unless they reside in the same household and social distancing must still be followed. All playgrounds and other facilities not listed here remain closed to the public until at least May 13, 2020.
Normally, business license renewals would be due on April 30 and late payment penalties would begin accruing on May 1. However, due to COVID-19, the City of Tega Cay is extending the due date for this year only. The Renewal Applications and Payment are due May 31, 2020 and penalties will begin accruing on June 1, 2020. Questions regarding business licenses may be directed to Barbie Staples at (803) 548-3513, or email at email@example.com.
On Tuesday, April 7, York County declared a local State of Emergency to address the COVID-19 pandemic. More information about this action can be found HERE, and the emergency ordinance can be found HERE.
Please note that all Municipal Court dates scheduled for March, April and May have been postponed. All cases on those dockets have been rescheduled. You must contact Donna DeRado, Administrative Judge/Clerk of Court, at 803-578-4155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org before June 1st to confirm your rescheduled court date.
On Monday, March 30, Governor McMaster issued Executive Order 2020-16 regarding additional restrictions due to the continued spread of COVID-19 in South Carolina. As of yesterday afternoon’s SCDHEC report, there are 43 confirmed cases in York County.
Executive Order 2020-16 Restricts access for public beaches and waters in SC. Section 1 (c) specifically states, "I hereby order and direct that any and all public piers, docks, wharfs, boat ramps, and boat landings providing public access to the public waters of this State, to include any adjacent or associated public parking lots or other public facilities, shall be closed to public access for recreational purposes for the duration of the State of Emergency.
Based on this order from the Governor, the boat launches at Nivens Creek and the Tega Cay Marina are closed to the general public for the remainder for the State of Emergency. The River Access on New Grey Rock Rd. and the boat launch at Pitcairn Park were already closed to the public and will remain so for the duration of the State of Emergency.
In the interest of the safety of all staff and general public, the golf course, croquet court and tennis facilities will be closed until further notice beginning on Saturday, March 28, until further notice. It was a decision that was not arrived at lightly, but given the spread of COVID-19 locally and for the protection of everyone we feel this is the right decision to make at this time. The golf staff will continue to maintain the facilities so that when restrictions begin to lift, they are ready to welcome our community back to the facility. During this time, everyone needs to remain off the golf course, tennis courts, croquet court and related facilities.
York County will be temporarily suspending the processing of mixed recycling at the York County Material Recovery Facility (MRF) effective Monday, March 23, 2020. If you place your recycle cart out for collection on your scheduled day, it will be taken to the landfill instead of the recycling center. If you would still like to recycle during this time, you will need to take your sorted recycle items to one of the 16 facilities around the county (closest one to Tega Cay is in Baxter). This will be temporary, but will be in effect until further notice. Once the County has notified us that they have reopened their recycling process facility, we will make you aware.
Please note that the Municipal Court dates scheduled for March 17, April 2 and April 14 have been postponed. All cases on those dockets will be rescheduled. Please check your mail for a summons that will state when your new court date is. Notices will be sent to the address on your citation. If your address has changed, please email email@example.com with your updated information.
Due to the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus, effective immediately City Hall is closed to the public. City staff will be present at City Hall to answer phone calls and respond to emails.
In accordance with City Ordinance 548 signed by City Council on March 15, the Fort Mill River Access is closed until further notice.
In addition, City staff have begun operating under the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) for COVID-19. Since the threat to a municipality’s continuity of operations is great during a pandemic outbreak, it is important to have a plan in place to ensure it can carry out its essential functions and services. The City will monitor the severity of the pandemic and establish continuity activation triggers to address the unique nature of the pandemic threat.
In light of the public health crisis created by the spread of COVID-19 and in an effort to reduce the chances of the virus spreading, City Council has enacted emergency ordinance 548. The authority to enact such an ordinance is granted to them under State Law via Section 5-7-250 (d).
Municipal Court, scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, has been postponed. All cases on the docket for Tuesday will be re-scheduled to a later date. If you were scheduled for Court, you must contact the Clerk of Court at (803) 548-3512 or firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your new court date.
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Symptoms of COVID-19
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*
Shortness of breath
*This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.
How to Protect Yourself
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
The South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control (DHEC) and the CDC currently recommend avoiding all nonessential travel to China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea, as well as following the CDC’s recommendations regarding travel to other countries affected by COVID-19.
This is a rapidly evolving public health event, and DHEC takes every new infectious disease seriously. DHEC continues to encourage people who are unvaccinated to get the flu vaccine. This protects individuals and the public and reduces confusion of more common respiratory illnesses with possible COVID-19 illnesses.
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) has activated the Joint Information Center for all media covering the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in South Carolina. All media should contact this central location for all South Carolina related inquires related to COVID-19.
Located at state Emergency Operations Center at 2779 Fish Hatchery Road in West Columbia, the Center will coordinate the release of all public information from all state agencies regarding COVID-19. Public Information staff from relevant state agencies are supporting the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Additionally, officials will use this center to conduct media briefings as needed.
SCEMD provides advice on how to plan, act and recover from an emergency: