With the number of positive COVID-19 cases continuing to rise every day we don’t foresee an end to this pandemic anytime soon. As such we have enacted policies to continue business operations at the Town of Chapin without sacrifice to service while ensuring the protection of our people.
Town Council has adopted a resolution to extend the emergency ordinance to provide for electronic meetings during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. The original ordinance was passed on March 30 , at first extended on May 28 and is set to expire on July 28. This resolution will further extend the ordinance to expire on August 15. During the special called meeting I noted that this was only a thirty day extension and a more permanent ordinance is on the agenda for second reading at the Town Council meeting scheduled for August 4.
Read more about the emergency ordinance: https://www.chapinsc.com/DocumentCenter/View/1855/Resolution---To-Extended-Electronic-Meetings
The second item is a Mayor’s Proclamation urging citizens to wear face coverings while in public places. I have received several inquiries about what we are doing to address face masks in public places. In lieu of a town ordinance imposing civil or criminal penalties, we are urging all businesses and citizens to wear face coverings for the protection of themselves and others. As a show of support Council voted to support the proclamation.
Read more about the proclamation: https://www.chapinsc.com/DocumentCenter/View/1854/Proclamation---Face-Masks
In addition, after many internal discussions we have decided to cancel the Labor Day Parade. At this time we are not planning any aspects of the festival with the exception of the Justin Pepper 5K which is being reconfigured to meet the current pandemic. We understand that this is disappointing but hope that the community will understand that we have not come to this decision lightly. The safety of our people is the first priority and we feel strongly that this is the most prudent course of action.
Mayor David Knight,
Town of Chapin