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The federal government has provided states with new resources and flexibility to grant unemployment benefits to workers laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unemployment claims are now being expedited. Please visit the Department of Employment and Workforce for information on how to file a claim.
Resources for Small Businesses
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued Disaster Declarations for all South Carolina First District counties and opened an online application portal for Lowcountry small businesses to apply for its Economic Injury Disaster Loans. made available by the Small Business Administration. Lowcountry businesses can apply for low-interest, emergency loan assistance through the SBA. Applicants are encouraged to apply online at or call the SBA at 1-800-659-2955.
Coronavirus Tax Relief
The IRS now has a dedicated section on their website focused on resources to help taxpayers and businesses affected by the coronavirus.
The resource list compiled by the city’s Business and Neighborhood Services division has been updated to include a list of lenders in South Carolina approved by the Small Business Administration.
The 2020 seasons of the Charleston Farmers Market in Marion Square and West Ashley Farmers Market in Ackerman Park, both scheduled to begin in April, are suspended until further notice.
The city is suspending the plastic ban and collecting business license late fees for 60 days.
The city is implementing temporary curbside parking relief zones to provide support for local businesses that are fulfilling curbside pickup and delivery orders in lieu of dine-in service. The temporary pickup zones will be clearly marked with “Temporary Curbside Parking” signs, which will be in place by tomorrow (Saturday) morning.
Most of the zones are being implemented where there are currently loading zones, on-street metered parking or time-restricted parking. These spaces are free for use by restaurant employees, delivery drivers and curbside pickup patrons while fulfilling orders to enable an efficient flow of business. A map of the zone locations is available.
Decision-making regarding the selection of these temporary zones is ongoing, based on the number of businesses providing these services, the physical restrictions that may exist, and the availability of city resources.