Spartanburg COVID-19 (Coronavirus) News & Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting communities throughout the world and Spartanburg is no different. We've created this page to compile resources and news that can help you and your family navigate this difficult and confusing time in our community.

Update: August 24, 2020

On Monday, August 24, City Coucnil voted to extend the City's mask ordinance for 60 days. The ordinance requires the following:

•   All persons entering a grocery store or pharmacy in the City must wear a mask or suitable face covering while inside the establishment.

•   All restaurants, retail stores, salons, barber shops, grocery stores, and pharmacies in the City must require their employees to wear a face covering at all times while having face to face interaction with the public.

•   All persons entering City facilities must wear a mask or suitable face covering while inside the building

All persons who fail to comply will be subject to a fine of $25.

All businesses that fail to comply will be subject to a fine of $100.

City Parks and Recreation Centers

The following City Parks & Recreation amenities are open to the public:

  • All City playgrounds
  • Duncan Park Tennis Courts
  • Rail Tail Dog Park
  • Hot Spot Skate Park
  • Rail Yard Park along Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail

Community Centers

C.C. Woodson Community Center, Northwest Recreation Center, and Thornton Activity Center are closed until further notice. This includes all center programming and rentals. We will be coordinating with area school districts and community partners on supportive services provided through our facilities during this time period.

Special Events

In accordance with CDC guidelines, the City of Spartanburg has canceled or postponed all City-produced events through October, 2020 in order to adhere to recommended social distancing guidelines necessary to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Music on Main
  • Jazz on the Square 
  • Spring Fling
  • Red, White & Boom
  • International Festival

Additionally, no permits will be issued for private events through October, 2020. The City is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will follow guidance from the CDC and DHEC regarding any further closings, postponements and/or cancelations.

In accordance with the South Carolina Governor's Executive Order issued on May 21, 2020, all residents and visitors in the City of Spartanburg are still encouraged to limit social gatherings to no more than 10 people and to practice social distancing in accordance with CDC guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Dining guidelines

In accordance with the State requirements, restaurant dining is allowed at establishments space with the following requirements:

  • Only allow 50% of posted occupancy inside, as determined by fire marshals
  • Tables should be spaced 6-8 feet apart
  • Tables and chairs must be sanitized after every use

Entertainment venues and facilities

The following entertainment venues and facilities are allowed to open beginning Friday, May 22:

  • Arcades
  • Tourist attractions (including museums, aquariums, and planetariums)
  • Indoor children’s play areas
  • Bingo halls
  • Venues operated by social clubs

The following recreational and "close-contact" business types are allowed to open beginning, Monday, May 18 (Please see guidelines for these business types here):

Recreational and athletic facilities

  • Fitness and exercise centers and commercial gyms
  • Spas and public or commercial swimming pools
  • Group exercise facilities, to include yoga, barre, and spin studios or facilities

Close-contact service providers

  • Barber shops
  • Hair salons
  • Waxing salons
  • Threading salons
  • Nail salons and spas
  • Body-art facilities and tattoo services
  • Tanning salons
  • Massage-therapy establishments and massage services

The following business types are allowed to open but limited to 20 percent of normal occupancy and must enforce social distancing and sanitation practices in accordance with CDC and SCDHEC guidelines.

  • Furniture and home-furnishings stores
  • Clothing, shoe, and clothing-accessory stores
  • Jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores
  • Department stores, with the exception of hardware and home-improvement stores
  • Sporting goods stores
  • Book, craft, and music stores
  • Flea markets
  • Florists and flower stores

Municipal Court

All jury trials are postponed until further notice. Non-jury trials and other hearings may continue on an as-needed-basis based on emergencies or exigent circumstances.

Only attorneys, their clients, pro se defendants, and necessary witnesses will be allowed inside the courtroom for municipal court proceedings until further notice.

All fines, traffic citations, or court payments should be paid online at the link below.

Municipal Court Payments

If you do not have the ability to make online payment, or if you need to speak with someone regarding any of the following, contact the Municipal Court by phone at (864)596-2038.

•  Restitution payments 

•  Change of address

•  Request for a jury trial

•  Jury duty or juror service

•  Rescheduled court dates

•  Extensions on payment plans

• A copy of a paid receipt for DMV

Building and Planning Permit Offices

City Permit Offices at 440 S Church St. closed to the public until further notice

Temporary Building Permitting Steps

• Print out the appropriate permit application from the list in the link below (printed permits are also available in the vestibule of our offices at 440 S Church St.).

Building Permits

After completing the application:

• Scan the application and send it to City staff by email at and (Please include ALL email addresses) or by fax at 864-596-2833.

• Alternately, completed applications may be left in the dropbox at 440 S Church St.

• Approval notification will be emailed to applicant

• Applicant can then pay appropriate fees online by following the link below.

Online Fee Payment

City Leadership Update Videos

A series of video updates from City leadership on COVID-19 and the our efforts to limit its spread in our community.

Tips to help stop the spread of Coronavirus

Steps to protect yourself

Clean your hands often

•  Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

•  If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry

•  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 

Avoid close contact

•  Practice social distancing measures such as not attending gatherigns, holding teleconferences instead of in-person meetings, cooking instead of dining out, etc.

•  Avoid contact with people who are sick.

•  Try to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and other people in public spaces. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick

Steps to protect others

Stay home if you are sick

•  Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.

Cover coughs and sneezes

•  Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

•  Throw used tissues in the trash.

•  Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect regularly 

•  Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

•  If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Wear a face mask

•  The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

Online Payments

All members of the public are strongly encouraged to take advantage of our online payment option for all City fees and fines at the link below.

All City Payments

Small Business Resources

CommunityWorks is offering small business and nonprofits in Spartanburg guidance on Federal and State relief funding and personalized buisness coaching. See the link below for details.


The South Carolina Department of Commerce, SC Dept. of Employment and Workforce, SC Department of Revenue, SC Department of Insurance have created a single location where businesses can find answers and resources to help them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Details are available at the link below.

Business Resource Center

Info Sheets

Stop the Spread of Germs

Stop the Spread of Germs

Face Covering Info

CDC face-covering info

Coronavirus Fact Sheet

Coronavirus fact sheet

What to do if you're sick

What to do if you're sick with COVID-19