SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (Thursday, September 10, 2020) - Summerville Town Council has passed a new emergency ordinance requiring the public to wear face coverings effective 11:59 p.m. Thursday, September 10, through Wednesday, September 30, 2020. The vote was made at the regularly scheduled monthly council meeting on Thursday, September 10, in the best interest of public health and out of an abundance of caution in helping to reduce risk of exposure to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).1. All persons entering a grocery store, pharmacy, or Town owned or operated building in the Town must wear a face covering while inside the establishment or facility. For purposes of this Ordinance, the term grocery store shall mean a retail establishment that primarily sells food, but may also sell other convenience and household goods; the term does not include a convenience store. The business shall not have responsibility for enforcing this requirement, but shall post conspicuous signage at all entrances informing its patrons of the requirements of this section.2. All restaurants, retail stores, salons, barber shops, grocery stores, pharmacies, and Town buildings and indoor facilities in the Town must require their employees to wear a face covering at all times while having face to face interaction with the public or other employees.3. Exemptions: a) Any person who is unable to safely wear a face covering due to age, an underlying health condition, or is unable to remove the face covering without the assistance of others is exempt from this Ordinance. Further, no person shall be required to disclose the nature of any health condition in order to qualify for this exemption; b) All persons twelve years of age or under; c) Any person in a private or individual office and for employees where they are separated from customers by a plexiglass/glass shield or from other employees where social distancing of at least six (6) feet may be observed; d) In settings where it is not feasible to wear a face covering including persons receiving oral health services, persons swimming or engaging in athletic activities; e) Police officers, firefighters and other first responders when not practical or engaged in a public safety matter of an emergency nature. All Council, Committees, Boards, and Commission meetings have the ability to be held electronically through Thursday, October 8. The Town will host meetings through Zoom, a digital conferencing service that allows meetings to be broadcast on the Internet to devices such as computers, tablets, and phones. The public can watch meetings by clicking the ‘live meetings’ link on the homepage of the Town’s website. Services for permitting, planning, zoning, business licensing, code enforcement, and general requests are available online through the CitizenServe portal or by phone.• Town Hall: (843) 871-6000• Administration: (843) 851-4200 or (843) 851-4201• Building Permits: (843) 851-4205• Business Licenses: (843) 851-4215 or (843) 695-6508• Code Enforcement: (843) 851-4219• Fire Department: (843) 873-5107• Municipal Court: (843) 875-2010• Parks and Recreation: (843) 510-0005• Planning/Tree Permits: (843) 851-4214 -Please call or email email@example.com for an appointment prior to visiting the Planning Department due to ongoing COVID-19 related effects.• Police Department: (843) 871-2463 or (843) 875-1650• Public Works: (843) 851-4225Court • Court for traffic and criminal cases will continue as scheduled.• Bond hearings will continue as scheduled.• Anyone with questions can call the court at (843) 875-2010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org• Payments can be made online at SC.gov or dropped off in the overnight payment receptacle outside Town Hall.Events• Events larger than 250 people must be approved by the South Carolina Department of Commerce. Such events are required to satisfactorily demonstrate an ability to comply with federal and state COVID-19 procedures and protocols. • The Summerville Farmers Market is back to normal operations every Saturday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. behind Town Hall.• Fire Department’s car seat installation classes are canceled.Finance• All business license renewal and payment penalties begin September 1, 2020. The Town advises the public to take precautions issued by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.For more information visit www.summervillesc.gov or call the appropriate department.