Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Lancaster County Government Return to Normal Operations Action Plan

Effective Monday, December 21, 2020 public hours at the Administration Building will be 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

Effective Monday, February 15, 2021, the Treasurer's Office will be operating drive-thru only from 8:30 am- 5:00 pm. The lobby will remain closed until further notice. 

Per County policy, face coverings (which fully cover the nose and mouth) are required in County facilities as of Thursday, August 13, 2020. Masks will be made available for those without. Citizens are urged to call or email before driving to a County Office
Many buildings or functions are currently operating with social distancing restrictions, an appointment-only schedule and/or with a reduced staff to minimize contact between employees, the public, and each other. View our virtual services online here.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information:  As a reminder to our citizens, Lancaster County is not the responsible agency for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine.  SCDHEC is responsible for the South Carolina COVID-19 Vaccine Plan, which includes three phases of vaccine distribution and administration. In Phase 1, vaccine supply will be limited, and efforts will be focused on rapidly reaching targeted populations, including healthcare personnel, people at high risk, and critical infrastructure workers.  Please visit the SCDHEC website for the latest updates on the vaccine plan:

For Immediate Release: Friday, January 15, 2020
Lancaster County Reduces Services in Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Lancaster, SC – In response to increased COVID-19 active cases locally and state-wide, Lancaster County Government announces the following operational changes effective Tuesday, January 19, 2021 until further notice.

Parks and Recreation Department: The 2020-2021 Youth Basketball Season is cancelled and the Department has suspended any other indoor recreation programs that involve physical exertion as well as new indoor facility reservations until further notice. Participants and sponsors should visit: for information on refunds. There are no changes to the After School Program and the Department continues to follow Lancaster County School District decisions regarding school schedules.

Library: The Library is closed to the public but is offering curb-side library services to patrons. Residents are encouraged to utilize the library’s on-line resources by visiting

Animal Shelter: The Animal Shelter is operating on an appointment only basis. Contact the shelter at 803-286-8103 to schedule an appointment.
Passport Office: The Passport Office is closed to the public but will honor appointments scheduled prior to January 15, 2021.

Convenience Sites: Solid Waste Convenience Sites will continue to operate normally at this time. Convenience Site hours of operations can be found online (

Citizens are reminded that the County Administration Building operating hours are 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday with the exception of the Drive Thru services outlined below. Citizens are encouraged to utilize the numerous virtual services available for routine county business by visiting the Lancaster County Government website ( Links to county departments with virtual service capability are provided at the site. This link remains your best source for specific county department hours of operation and service capabilities for the foreseeable future. Residents can also contact individual departments by phone, email, US Mail and package delivery (UPS, FedEx, etc.).

Citizens are encouraged to utilize our on-line taxpayer services. Pay online at or call 1-888-525-3661. If you must come to the Administration Building for tax purposes, the Drive Thru Window is recommended for paying taxes or you may utilize the secure 24-hour drop box located near the Drive Thru. Drive Thru hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Lancaster County appreciates your continued cooperation as we strive to keep our employees and citizens as safe as possible.

Helpful Information


Individuals who are symptomatic (fever, cough, respiratory infection, flu-like symptoms) with a correlating travel history or that have come in contact with someone who may be infected should visit the MUSC Health Virtual Urgent Care for screening and medical advice from a trained MUSC Health care provider.  This secure, virtual care option will help with infection prevention and control, while also allowing patients to receive care without exposing themselves or others to further sickness in the hospital setting.  MUSC Health Virtual Urgent Care is offering free consultations and screenings to anyone experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms located in South Carolina.  

Visit MUSC Health Virtual Care online.

Use the promo code COVID19 at checkout.