SC Senate Precautions
Harvey S. Peeler, President of the South Carolina Senate, has issued the following memo to members:
“The Senate cares about its members, employees, and the citizens of South Carolina who require that the General Assembly do the work of the 2021 legislative session safely and responsibly. To ensure we have a safe and healthy workplace, I have worked with the Clerk to develop the following Senate COVID-19 protocols to be followed when session begins in January. In addition, as President, I will not accept invitations on behalf of the Senate during January or February.
“The Senate COVID-19 protocols were developed in consultation with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. The protocols require the participation and cooperation of everyone. The Clerk and Sergeant-At-Arms are responsible for supporting and implementing this plan in order to keep everyone safe. That being said, it is your responsibility to make sure you follow the protocols and self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
“MASKS & SOCIAL DISTANCING. All Senators have agreed to wear face coverings. Appropriate face coverings must be worn by all Senate employees. The CDC says cloth face coverings can prevent the wearer from spreading COVID-19 to others. Face coverings should be worn at all times in the Senate Chamber as well as meeting rooms, hallways, and other common spaces in the Gressette Building.
“Maintain proper social distancing at all times. Do not gather in close proximity to others in confined spaces, such as hallways and lobbies. Each elevator is limited to no more than three riders.
“Senate COVID-19 Safety Protocols TEMPERATURE CHECKS Touchless thermometers will be placed at each entrance to the Gressette Building. Everyone entering the building must check their temperature which must be below 100.4° to enter.
“COVID-19 TESTING & PROTOCOL Testing will be available for all members and Senate employees to identify those infected and help contain the spread of the virus.
“Any Senator or Senate employee who believes they have been exposed to COVID-19 should inform the Clerk and take the appropriate precautions as recommended by DHEC and the CDC.
“SENATE COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS Please read over the attached COVID-19 safety protocols before entering the Gressette Building and do your part to keep the Senate safe and healthy.
“We will re-evaluate this plan as necessary. With the COVID-19 vaccine in the early stages of being distributed to those who need it most, we are getting close to the goal line. Until then, I ask that you follow these protocols for the safety and well-being of our entire Senate.
“I hope everyone has a safe and Merry Christmas and I look forward to seeing you in January.”