State and Local Resources

Statewide Resources

2-1-1: A Great Tool to Support Your Residents

The South Carolina United Way 2-1-1 Online Search tool is a great resource you can send your renters to when they are in need of help; whether it be financial, or otherwise, there is a social agency that is probably able to help them. Click here to visit their website
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State of South Carolina Restrictions

Governor Henry McMaster recently declared a State of Emergency in S.C. and subsequently has released several Executive Orders (synopsis below).

State of Emergency

  • All state government offices shall remain open for operation during their normal business hour
  • Visitation at state and local correctional facilities in all 46 counties shall be suspended immediately
  • DHEC shall immediately restrict visitation to nursing homes and assisted living facilities with the exception of end of life situations
  • State price gouging laws shall go into effect immediately
  • All schools closed through April 30 (updated on March 23). [copy of order]
  • The State Emergency Management Plan shall be activated

Executive Order 2020-11

  • Regarding public universities, colleges, and technical colleges: each institution’s president will, at their discretion, determine essential employees and allow non-essential employees to work from home, and in all cases, to allow students to continue coursework online for the semester
  • Waived Department of Employment and Workforce regulations to allow unemployment claims to be expedited by at least one week
  • Unemployment insurance payments are suspended for employers until June 1st, allowing business owners to have additional capital on hand
  • Procurement regulations are temporarily suspended to allow state agencies to rapidly acquire resources to combat the COVID-19 virus

Executive Order 2020-12

  • Directed the Department of Revenue to waive additional regulations in order to allow restaurants to include sealed containers of beer and wine for curbside pickup or “to-go” orders only. This waiver does not authorize or apply to open containers or delivery services.
  • Directed the Department of Revenue to conform the state’s income tax deadline to July 15th, which is the new federal income tax deadline.  Other state taxes will remain delayed until June 1st, as previously ordered.

Executive Order 2020-13

  • Provides law enforcement officers statewide the ability to disperse groups of people (3 or more) who pose a risk to the public's safety and to the safety of others. The order does not apply to business and families gatherings in their homes.

Executive Order 2020-14

  • Directs that an individual who enters the State of South Carolina from an area with substantial community spread, to include the Tri-State Area (consisting of the States of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) and the City of New Orleans, Louisiana, shall isolate or self-quarantine for a period of fourteen (14) days from the time of entry into the State of South Carolina or the duration of the individual’s presence in South Carolina, whichever period is shorter. This Order shall not apply to individuals employed by airlines and individuals performing or assisting with military, healthcare, or emergency response operations. Any individual required by this Order, or any directives issued in connection therewith, to isolate or self-quarantine shall be responsible for any and all costs associated with such isolation or self-quarantine, including transportation, lodging, food, and medical care.

Executive Order 2020-15

  • Extends the original State of Emergency declaration. 

Executive Order 2020-16

  • Closes all public beach access points, 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.
  • Closes 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

Executive Order 2020-17

  • Closes all non-essentials business to include:
  1. Entertainment venues and facilities; 
  2. Recreational and athletic facilities and activities; and 
  3. All close-contact service providers

 Executive Order 2020-18

  • Further expands Executive Order #17 to include the following business types:
  1. Furniture and home-furnishings stores;
  2. Clothing, shoe, and clothing-accessory stores;
  3. Jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores;
  4. Department stores, with the exception of hardware and home-improvement stores;
  5. Sporting goods stores;
  6. Book, craft, and music stores;
  7. Flea markets; and 
  8. Florists and flower stores

 Executive Order 2020-19

  • All individuals, entities, or establishments engaged in the provision of short-term rentals, vacation rentals, or other lodging accommodations or operations in exchange for consideration (collectively “Lodging”) are prohibited from making or accepting new reservations or bookings from or for individuals residing in or travelling from any country, state, municipality, or other geographic area subject to or identified in a CDC travel advisory or other CDC notice as a location with extensive community transmission of COVID-19, to include the Tri-State Area (consisting of the States of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut).

Executive Order 2020-21

  • South Carolinians will be permitted on the road to commute to work at “essential” businesses, visit family, obtain essential goods or services, attend religious services and recreate alone or with family outside. The order authorizes all state law enforcement to “do whatever may be deemed necessary to maintain peace and good order during the state of emergency.

    Houses of worship are encouraged to stream services online, meet outside, or enact social distancing measures if the first two options are not feasible.  Operating retailers must limit the number of customers entering a store so that only five customers occupy every 1,000 square feet or 20% of the posted capacity, whichever number is smaller.

Evictions and Foreclosures and Other Legal Matters

Supreme Court Chief Justice have issued the following court orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in South Carolina.

  • All evictions currently ordered and scheduled statewide shall be rescheduled for a date not earlier than May 1, 2020.  Furthermore, the court shall not accept applications for ejectment, schedule hearings, issue writs or warrants of ejectment, or proceed in any other manner regarding evictions until directed by subsequent order by the Chief Justice. However, case-by-case exceptions for evictions may be made for matters that involve essential services and/or harm to person or property. Click here to view the order.
  • Declared a moratorium in Master-in-Equity courts statewide on foreclosure hearings, foreclosure sales, writs of assistance and writs of ejectments, nor should Masters-in-Equity proceed in any other manner regarding foreclosures until directed by subsequent order by the Chief Justice.
  • All jury trials are postponed.  Non-jury trials and other hearings may continue at the trial judge’s discretion, but only attorneys, their clients, and necessary witnesses will be allowed to appear. Click here to view the order.

South Carolina Emergency Management Division

SC Department of Employment and Workforce

Recap of Evictions Webinar

The South Carolina Apartment Association along with its five affiliates hosted an evictions webinar on Wednesday, March 25. The webinar features attorneys Will Brownlee, Thomas Howard and Chris Loebsack. The webinar was recorded and the link is below. The documents reference can be find under the appropriate section throughout this page. 

Webinar Link

Local Ordinances

City of Columbia

Curfew: Columbia has imposed a citywide curfew in order to combat the spread of the coronavirus in the Midlands. The citywide curfew is from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. It includes exceptions for people going to work or experiencing a medical emergency.

Parks and Recreational FacilitiesAll city parks and recreational fees are closed for up to 61 days. 

Business License Fees: All business license fees for businesses located or doing business within the corporate limits of the City of Columbia shall be waived without penalty through May 15, 2020.

Business Occupancy Levels: All businesses, with the exception of grocery
stores and pharmacies, restrict occupancy of patrons to no more than half of their designated legal capacity as set by the Fire Marshall and to restrict patrons to no more than six (6) people per table with a distance of at least six (6) feet between tables. It is further recommended that patrons be encouraged to use take out, drive
through and delivery options.

City Operations: The City of Columbia temporarily suspends the normal operating procedures of the City of Columbia Boards and Commission meetings and allows for the members to remotely participate in voting and operational procedures by telephone or other means of electronic communication

Parking Near Restaurants: All meters near any open restaurant have been bagged and parking is free. 

Richland County

Trash CollectionCurbside trash collection in areas of Richland County will be modified during the COVID-19 outbreak to focus on household garbage and recycling. Yard waste and bulk item pickup will be suspended until further notice.

Until further notice the following services are suspended:

  • Drop-off centers at 10531 Garners Ferry Road, Eastover; 1070 Caughman Road N., Columbia; and 900 Clemson Road, Columbia are closed.
  • Construction & Demolition Debris Landfill at 1070 Caughman Road N., Columbia is closedLex
  • Bulk item collections (furniture, carpet, mattresses, appliances, etc.) are suspended beginning Saturday.
  • No bulk item appointment requests will be accepted.
  • Curbside yard waste collection will be suspended beginning Saturday.

Residents are urged to avoid putting bulk items and yard waste on the curb, as they will not be picked up while services are suspended.

Riverbanks ZooThe Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia will be closed through April 30.

Richland LibraryAll branches are closed. Online resources can still be accessed online.

Lexington County Public LibraryAll branches are closed through April 3.