Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Lancaster County Government Return to Normal Operations Action Plan

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 OfficeMany 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.

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Lancaster County Council Encourages Face Coverings in Public Places
Lancaster, SC –Given the dramatic increase of COVID-19 cases state-wide, Governor McMaster issued Executive Order 2020-50 on August 2, 2020 urging counties to enact appropriate legislative measures to encourage or require the use of face coverings in public. The Executive Order also requires the use of masks for specific events and types of business, but not all.
Based on the recommendations of public health authorities and recognizing the serious threat to the public health, safety,and welfare of our citizens, on August 10, 2020 Lancaster County Council passed RESOLUTION NO. 1098-R2020. This Resolution, effective immediately,strongly urges all individuals in Lancaster County to wear face coverings in certain situations and locations while in public places and when social distancing (six-foot distance from others) cannot be achieved.
Businesses and events covered by the Governor’s Executive Order must continue to follow the State requirements. Effective Thursday, August 13th, patrons and employees of all County-owned facilities are required to wear masks, with some exceptions.
To assist our businesses, Lancaster County will provide signage at wear of face coverings by patrons. Additionally, County Council authorized the County Administrator to utilize discretionary funds, within procurement limits, to help promote protective measures county-wide. This includes distribution of signage and provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and/or masks to county businesses.
Businesses seeking assistance with basic PPE needs should submit requests using this link: Please contact Lancaster County’s Public Relations Coordinator, Katherine Hayes, with any questions. Ms. Hayes can be reached via email: or phone: 803-416-9744.
Lancaster County greatly appreciates your support and cooperation as together we continue battling COVID-19, working diligently to mitigate further spread of the virus in our community.

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.  

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