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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City of Columbia develops Microsite to increase awareness about COVID-19

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The City of Columbia Public Relations, Media and Marketing Department is excited to announce the new release of our COVID-19 microsite. Due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases, the city of Columbia has dedicated a special microsite to all COVID-19 related information in order to increase awareness about social distancing, wearing a mask, testing and other health related tips. Additional communications tools that will be developed includes a #GetTestedColumbia and #MaskMonday social media campaign,…

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City of Columbia launches Resilient Columbia Pledge Challenge for Small Business Owners

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The City of Columbia has launched a Resilient Columbia pledge challenge for small business owners as businesses in the City continue to open. We encourage citizens to visit our website in order to view the pledge map to see the list of businesses that have taken the pledge. By taking the pledge, a business declares that it is taking steps based upon guidance from the CDC and DHEC to: Monitor the health of their employees…

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Mayor Steve Benjamin to Hold Resilient Columbia Economic Recovery Task Force Meeting on Thursday, May 28 at 11:00 am

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COLUMBIA S.C. – Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin will hold a Zoom conference meeting with the Resilient Columbia Economic Recovery Task Force, which is comprised of Midlands area local business owners as well as city and county officials, on Thursday, May 28 at 11:00 am to further discuss the most effective methods to successfully reopen business while keeping public safety first responders, front line employees and all people of Columbia safe.   Members of the media…

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City of Columbia Releases Second Survey Results Aimed to Reopen Local Businesses

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The City’s Economic Development Department conducted a survey to better understand the implementation of safety measures and how protocols help increase both the reality and perception of a safe local shopping environment. With crucial feedback from local business owners, City staff were able to make informed decisions as Columbia businesses continue to reopen. Economic Development received almost 300 responses from business owners and leaders who took the time to fill out the survey. The thoughts…

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City of Columbia Awards $1.4 million to 323 Locally Owned Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Closures as Part of a Resilient Columbia: Economic Sustainability Plan

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Recognizing the enormous financial impact on local businesses resulting from drastic operational changes and closures due to the COVID-19 containment and social isolation measures, on March 20 Columbia City Council unanimously passed A Resilient Columbia: Economic Sustainability Plan. The plan provides forgivable loans offering short-term financial relief to small businesses, located within the corporate limits of Columbia, impacted by a loss of revenue because of COVID-19 containment and safety efforts. “The foundation of Columbia’s economic…

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