The City of Greenville also passed an emergency ordinance last week that sets safety standards for businesses that are authorized to remain open. These standards apply only in the City of Greenville:

Businesses permitted to operate in the City of Greenville must take the followings measures:

  1. Designate with signage, tape, or by other means at least six (6) feet spacing requirements for customers and employees in line to maintain appropriate distance.
  2. Have hand sanitizer or sanitizing products readily available for employees and customers.
  3. Implement separate operating hours for elderly and vulnerable customers.
  4. Provide an alternative means of purchasing and delivering products and services, to include online or telephone orders and curb-side or off-site deliveries provided, however, no business is required to implement an online ordering platform or provide direct delivery service where they do not currently offer such services.
  5. Make regular announcements or place signage reminding customers and employees of social distancing measures.
  6. Allow employees to wear protective masks and gloves.

The ordinance does waive the need to implement any of these actions if it creates an undue hardship on the business, which includes lack of availability of labor or materials.

Governor’s Social Distancing Standards
The Governor also ordered that businesses that remain open reduce the occupancy of their places of business. Businesses are ordered to not allow more than five people per 1,000 square feet of space or 20% of the occupancy approved by the Fire Marshal, whichever is less.