Also in this edition:

  • USC’s In-Person Classes to Resume for Fall Semester
  • Columbia Airport’s Airline Passengers Will be Required to Wear Masks
  • ‘Economan’ Parish Seeks Early Release from Prison Due to Coronavirus Diagnosis
  • Your First Post-Pandemic Job Interview? Get Ready to Answer These Questions

State Businesses Can Look Up Revitalization Resources at AccelerateSC Website

South Carolina’s return-to-work resource site accelerate.sc.gov will supply “real-time information about the state’s response to the coronavirus,” according to Gov. Henry McMaster, including how to file unemployment claims but also leads to job openings. It also connects to the state’s Emergency Supply Collaborative, which will guide companies that seek personal protective equipment for returning workers. The S.C. Department of Administration collaborated with other state agencies to build the website, which will be updated with information such as call center access. (Columbia Regional Business Report)

USC’s In-Person Classes to Resume for Fall Semester

In-person classes at the University of South Carolina will begin again for the fall semester, and school President Robert Caslen announced that faculty and students will be brought back in phases. All university classes had been conducted online since the middle of March. Among the planned social distancing changes will be that more dorm rooms will be arranged with one resident, along with staggered arrangements at eateries. Meanwhile, the College of Charleston created 10 workgroups to plan what this fall’s student experience will be like, including the need to adjust the academic calendar. (The State/Post and Courier)

Columbia Airport’s Airline Passengers Will be Required to Wear Masks

Three airlines that serve Columbia Metropolitan Airport will require all passengers to wear protective masks and will provide free masks if the traveler is without one. American Airlines will begin its policy on May 11, while Delta and United initiated the move on Monday, and all three carriers are flying with reduced passenger counts. Among the airport’s many new protective measures, the floors of the TSA security checkpoint and retail stores have been marked to indicate proper social distance spacing. (The State)

‘Economan’ Parish Seeks Early Release from Prison Due to Coronavirus Diagnosis

Al Parish, the former Charleston Southern University “Economan” business professor who in 2007 was charged with a $66 million investment fraud that affected almost 600 victims, has tested positive for coronavirus and sees an early release from federal prison, the Post and Courier reports from court documents. Parish’s request to be released early due to COVID-19 fears had first been turned down April 27. A U.S. Attorney for South Carolina filed that he opposed the “compassionate release” and says Parish is being closely monitored daily by nurses in a separate area designated for prisoners who also have the virus. “His COVID-19 diagnosis and the accompanying conditions do not amount to … ‘extraordinary and compelling’ reasons to justify his release,” the U.S. attorney said. Parish, 62, who was once a popular economist and commentator, has served almost half of his 24⅓-year sentence.  (Post and Courier)

Your First Post-Pandemic Job Interview? Get Ready to Answer These Questions

LinkedIn news editor Andrew Seaman found members in his online community to not only imagine what the job interviews of the future might be but to offer advice on how to answer them. Questions such as: What have you learned about yourself during the pandemic? Can you do the job while working from home? Are you willing to work from an office when the pandemic is over? Don’t forget that your next job interview might be over a Zoom call, so it’s probably a good idea to arrange a way to practice such a virtual exchange. (LinkedIn)