With Charleston City Council’s ‘Stay at Home’ Ordinance, Accounting is Essential Service

Charleston City Council voted to be South Carolina’s first city to enact a “stay at home” ordinance, which goes into effect Thursday morning and will stay in place for two weeks in an attempt to minimize gathering and congregating. Residents are instructed to only go out for groceries, pharmaceuticals, the doctor’s office or for exercise, and exemptions are made for businesses to stay open such as grocery markets, health care facilities, utilities, restaurants and bars offering carry out or delivery, banks, news outlets, homeless shelters, hardware stores, construction companies and liquor stores.  The ordinance’s “very broad list” of Essential Services is based on recommendations from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and includes the definition “7. Financial Institutions and Professional Services operations including banks, credit unions and check cashing services, insurance, payroll, accounting, services related to financial markets and legal services.” (Post and Courier)

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BMW Plant Spartanburg’s to Suspend Operations Sunday

Although BMW Plant Spartanburg was scheduled to close for social distancing measure on April 3, BMW Manufacturing announced Wednesday morning that disruptions to its supply chain have moved that date up to Sunday, March 29, and that it will close for a two-week period ending Sunday, April 12. (Greenville News)

Mount Pleasant Defers Accommodations Tax, Hospitality Tax Collections Until June 1

The town is deferring the collection of hospitality tax and accommodations tax until June 1 but asks that these funds continue to be collected and retained for remittal to Charleston County. The taxes due June 1 will be for sales from February through April, and penalties will not be applicable for those sales periods. (Moultrie News)

SCDOR Temporarily Allows Curbside Sale of Beer and Wine by Restaurants

South Carolina Regulation 7-702.51 has been temporarily suspended, allowing holders of a valid On or Off-Premises Beer/Wine Permit who meet certain requirements to sell sealed containers of beer and wine for curbside/drive-thru pickup for off-premises consumption. (SCDOR)