In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the cities of Mauldin and Fountain Inn have declared a state of emergency within their city limits through May 23 and the cities of Simpsonville and Greer approved a similar ordinance that will continue through May 24.
During this 60-day period, all four cities will be able to hold city council meetings via teleconferencing without public attendance.
Mauldin’s ordinance also waives late fees for city business license permits and hospitality and accommodations taxes due to the city through May 23. In addition, both Mauldin and Greer’s mayors are able to establish a daily curfew, which would apply to all except those traveling for work or medical treatment.
In contrast, Simpsonville and Fountain Inn’s ordinance gives each town’s city administrator the power to cancel public events, revoke public assembly permits, close public facilities to the public, determine the operating hours of city facilities, authorize nonessential city employees to work from home, decide whether to discontinue nonessential services and decide what employees are not required to report for work.
Like Simpsonville and Fountain Inn, Greer’s ordinance allows its city administrator can cancel or revoke special events permits. In addition, Greer city council authorized its city administrator Ed Driggers to develop and enact a plan to ensure that government services would continue as the city deals with COVID-18. Driggers is also allowed to make emergency purchases to prevent city project or services interruptions.