All Greenville County Council meetings are postponed for the foreseeable future. This includes all committee meetings, special called meetings and public hearings.
Family court will also be limited to only emergency matters, according to an order from South Carolina Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty.
The announcement of the countywide postponements, sent out in the form of an email on Monday, March 16, came just after the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported the state’s first death related to the COVID-19 virus. The deceased individual was a resident of Lexington County.
That same morning, DHEC released its recommendation against gatherings of 50 people or more for the next two months. The Trump administration offered even stricter recommendations, urging people to not gather in groups of 10 or more.
Greenville County Governmental Affairs Coordinator Bob Mihalic said the county based its judgement on recommendations from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Live updates on new cases statewide and preventive measures can be found at dcdhec.gov.
“This is a rapidly evolving public health event, and DHEC takes every new infectious disease seriously,” said Brannon Traxler, MD, physician consultant.
New guidelines for family court
The order from Chief Justice of South Carolina Donald W. Beatty called for a cancellation of all court cases with the exception of emergency matters, which include Department of Social Services custody cases, juvenile detentions, bench warrants and emergency petitions for orders of protection from domestic abuse.
But even those cases will see restrictions on the number of people present. Only attorneys, their clients and necessary witnesses will be allowed to appear for these emergency hearings.