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Columbia Incident Response Brief

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The City of Columbia has released an incident response brief detailing thorough information about COVID-19 in Columbia. The full incident response brief can be read here: August 6, 2020 Columbia Incident Response Brief  July 24, 2020 Columbia Incident Response Brief

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The City of Columbia Partners with Local Businesses for Social Distancing Sidewalk Decals

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The City of Columbia has partnered with local businesses to place social distancing sidewalk decals and signage in hospitality districts. According to the CDC, recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay at least 6 feet away from others when possible, even if…

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City of Columbia Parks and Recreation to Distribute Free Meals to Youth

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In an effort to support our youth and families within the community as they return to school, The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department would like to provide free meals (which is inclusive of breakfast and lunch) to youth 18 years of age and under. There will be 10 meal distribution sites where families will be able to drive-up and pick-up their meals. Meals will be distributed Monday, August 10th through Friday August 28th…

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Mayor Steve Benjamin and Columbia City Council Unanimously Approves Emergency Ordinance Extending Mask Face Coverings and Temporary Suspension of Meetings

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Mayor Steve Benjamin and Columbia City Council unanimously approved an emergency ordinance that extends the temporary suspension of the normal operating procedures of City Council and City Boards and Commissions meetings. This allows for the Mayor, Council Members, Board Members and Commission Members to remotely participate in voting and operational procedures by telephone or other means of electronic communication and extends the requirement that face coverings or masks be work in public in the City…

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City of Columbia to Distribute Masks to Citizens Starting Monday, June 29| #MaskUpColumbia

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  The City of Columbia will be providing masks to citizens at several locations throughout the City, while supplies last. Businesses are responsible for providing masks to their employees, and/or customers and clients if they choose. Issuance of masks are available to those considered to be at high risk based on CDC guidance and those in vulnerable populations within the City limits. Citizens will be able to receive up to two masks per person or…

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City Releases Mask Ordinance FAQs

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The mask ordinance that was passed by City Council on Tuesday June 23, 2020 will go into effect on Friday, June 26, 2020. In an effort to provide information about the ordinance to citizens and visitors to the City of Columbia, a list of frequently asked questions has been developed. Please see the attached list of FAQs regarding the mask ordinance. The mask ordinance has also been attached for information purposes.

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Emergency Ordinance Requiring that Face Coverings or Masks Be Worn in Public in the City of Columbia during COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and Recovery

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The public can provide feedback to the ordinance via telephone by dialing (855) 925-2801. When prompted, enter the meeting code: 9299, then press *1 to listen, *2 to leave a message, or *3 to join the speaker queue. Callers wishing to address the Council should state his/her name and address for the record. You have three minutes to speak. At the end of three minutes, your line will be muted. You may remain on the…

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