Updated 10/12/2020

City of Newberry Coronavirus Resource Page

Like all of our community, we are monitoring the impact of COVID-19.  We are in regular contact with our local, state, and federal health resources. Our number one priority is always the health and safety of our citizens, employees, volunteers, and guests. Should there be any recommendations from our local health officials, we will communicate any scheduling changes and post options for accessing City officials. Any changes will be communicated on our webpage (under the News section), Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and local communication channels including The Newberry Observer and WKDK. We request that any staff who are feeling ill, remain at home and we request that citizens who become ill or have had recent contact with others who are ill, avoid entering public facilities, return home, and contact your healthcare provider. We will provide ongoing updates as necessary.

City Council:

Newberry City Council will meet virtually on Tuesday, November 10. Meeting information will be posted here when available. Agendas can be found here: https://www.cityofnewberry.com/government/downloads/category/107-2020-agendas-and-minutes 

Below are helpful resource links for community members, businesses, and those willing to educate themselves about the effects of COVID-19.

City of Newberry Ordinance on Face Coverings Summary (currently in effect):

All person entering a grocery store or pharmacy in the City must wear a face covering while inside the establishment. The face covering shall simultaneously cover both the nostrils of the nose and mouth at a minimum. For the purposes of this Ordinance, the term grocery store shall mean an indoor or outdoor establishment that primarily sells food but may also sell other convenience and household goods. Grocery stores shall include but not be limited to Walmart, Food Lion, Dollar General, other dollar stores, farmers markets, and vegetable/fruit stands. The term does not include a convenience store or gas station which may sell food as an ancillary item.

To view a full copy of the ordinance and it's additional details please call 803-321-1000.

PLEASE NOTE- the State of South Carolina, by order of the Governor, currently requires the use of facemasks at restaurants and gatherings/gathering places. See executive order summary link below.

Wear your Mask, from the CDC:

General Mask Info

How to Select, Wear, & Clean a Mask

Why you should Wear a Mask


General COVID-19 Resource Links:


SCDHEC: Who Should Get Tested? YOU!

SC Executive Orders : Summary of 2020-50 (Masks, Restaurants, & Special Events), Press Release on 2020-63 (Restaurant Occupancy)

AccelerateSC State COVID-19 response

Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 Information Page

 Federal Stimulus Check Information:

The IRS has announced that individuals who have not received a stimulus check and who do not have a tax filing requirement have until October 15 to sign up for stimulus funds.   The website is irs.gov/eip    For assistance, you can call the  United Way’s 211 Economic Impact Payment Helpline (1-844-322-3639) or visit their website at     https://www.211.org/pages/stimuluscheck

The SC CARES Grant Management Program serves as the mechanism by which public and private entities may submit requests for reimbursements for eligible COVID-19-related expenses. Learn more about the Minority, Small Business, and Non-Profit Relief Programs at this link.

For Our Community:

 For All Business Types:

Re-Opening Information:

For Hospitality Businesses – restaurants and hotels:

For Retailers

Small Business Funding

  • The Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Since Governor McMaster’s declaration of a state of emergency, this funding is now available to all qualifying small business owners in all 46 counties of South Carolina. Learn more.
  • As part of the recently adopted CARES Act, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) authorizes loans for small businesses to help cover payroll expenses. These loans may be forgivable, and loans are applied for through local SBA lenders (banks). Learn more.
  • As part of the recently adopted CARES Act, eligible employers may qualify for an Employee Retention Tax Credit. The Employee Retention Credit is a fully refundable tax credit for employers equal to 50 percent of qualified wages (including allocable qualified health plan expenses) that Eligible Employers pay their employees. This Employee Retention Credit applies to qualified wages paid after March 12, 2020, and before January 1, 2021. Learn more.
  • Opportunityfund.org has enacted a Small Business Relief Fund specifically targeted towards women- and minority-owned business owners. This organization also offers emergency loan funding for small business owners. Learn more.
  • GoFundMe and Yelp have teamed up to help small businesses raise funds through GoFundMe. Small businesses may also apply for a $500 matching grant, paid out when the business’s fundraiser hits $500. Learn more.
  • GoFundMe and QuickBooks have also teamed up to help small businesses raise funds through GoFundMe. Quickbooks is making contributions to small business fundraisers. Learn more.
  • As part of the recently adopted CARES Act, a new employee retention tax credit was created for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses. This program cannot be combined with PPP. Learn more.
  • HelloAlice is offering $10,000 grants to small business owners impacted by COVID-19. Click on “apply for an emergency grant” once on their website. Learn more.
  • Samuel Adams and the Greg Hill Foundation are teaming up to offer grants to restaurant employees in South Carolina and 19 other states.Currently they are raising funds for new grants.
  • The Doonie Fund is offering micro-grants for African-American women-owned businesses. Learn more.
  • The Red Backpack Fund is offering grants for women-owned businesses. Application deadlines are rolling, learn more.

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