WHEREAS, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is a new strain of coronavirus previously unidentified in humans and which can spread from person to person;

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the “CDC”) has warned of the high public health threat posed by COVID-19 globally and in the United States;

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared that the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States constitutes a national emergency, which began on March 1, 2020;

WHEREAS, also on March 13, 2020, the Governor of the State of South Carolina (the “State”) issued Executive Order 2020-08, declaring a State of Emergency based on a determination that the COVID-19 poses an actual or imminent public health emergency for the State;

WHEREAS, the Governor of the State has subsequently declared a continued State of Emergency in Executive Orders 2020-15 (March 28), 2020-23 (April 12), 2020-29 (April 27), 2020-35 (May 12), 2020-38 (May 27), and 2020-40 (June 11);

WHEREAS, as of November 16, 2020, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (“DHEC”) is reporting that there have been 7,129 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 198 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the County since the pandemic began;

WHEREAS, Anderson County is currently experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of identified new COVID-19 cases, with a 7-day moving average of 72 new confirmed cases reported by DHEC at as of November 16, 2020, 

WHEREAS, if COVID-19 cases continue to increase in the region, the demand for medical, pharmaceutical, personal, and general cleaning supplies may overwhelm sources of supply; the private and public sector work force may be negatively impacted by absenteeism; and the demand for medical facilities may exceed locally available resources;

WHEREAS, health authorities, including the CDC, the Surgeon General of the United States, and DHEC have made several recommendations regarding steps that each individual can take to control the spread of COVID-19;

WHEREAS, we recognize and respect the value our citizens place in the concept of individual liberty;

WHEREAS, we also recognize and respect the tremendous pain and loss that COVID-19 has caused for many families and businesses;

WHEREAS, we humbly, and respectfully, ask for the public’s assistance in this time of great need.

NOW, THEREFORE, NOW, THEREFORE, it is hereby resolved by the Anderson County Council:

1) That the COVID-19 pandemic is not a hoax or a matter of small concern, but a severe and serious public health emergency that will continue to wreak havoc upon the health of our citizens and the state of our local economy so long as it continues its unabated transmission among us;

2) That we ask each and every one of our citizens to be respectful of the health and wellbeing of their neighbors, including those they may not know, by following the guidelines and best practices suggested by DHEC, such as:

  • Practice social distancing by avoiding crowded gatherings and staying at least six feet from others;
  • Wear a cloth mask in public;
  • 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; 
  • Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow; 
  • Stay home if you’re sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily;

3) That, with regard to retail establishments and other congregate areas, it is strongly recommended and encouraged by the Anderson County Council:

  • Face coverings should be worn by all customers while inside the enclosed area of any retail establishment;
  • Retail establishments should require staff to wear face coverings while working in areas open to the public and areas in which interactions where social distancing of at least six feet cannot be observed;
  • Food service establishments should require staff who interact with customers to wear face coverings.