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At Planet Green Tree Service, we are firm believers that trees make the world a better place. They provide us with verdant beauty, cool shade, and emergency shelter. They raise our home values, add personality to our neighborhoods, and provide us with clean air to breathe. When your home or business has well-maintained, healthy trees, everyone benefits. That’s why we are so passionate about providing our customers with dependable tree services in the Lowcountry.
We believe that honest prices, state-of-the-art equipment, friendly arborists, and good old-fashioned hard work are what set us apart from our competition. With more than 33 years of service in South Carolina, you can rest easy knowing every member of the Planet Green team is committed to the following:
Our customers mean a lot to us, which is why we strive to provide them the best, most helpful customer service in our industry. When you hire our company to perform a tree service in cityname, know that we take this responsibility seriously and will always treat your home like we would treat our own. At Planet Green Tree Service, you won’t ever have to worry about sneaky hidden fees or outrageous pricing. We believe every homeowner and business owner should have access to affordable tree services, which is why we set our rates at reasonable levels. Our job is to protect your home, your trees, and also your wallet!
Whether your home has overgrown trees that need trimming or you have an unsightly stump that needs grinding, our team of tree experts is here to help. Curious what kind of tree care work we provide to homeowners in South Carolina?
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Tree Trimming in North Charleston
Have you noticed your favorite tree growing in a strange shape? Are your trees or shrubs so overgrown that it’s making your property and home look unkempt? Are the trees near your home weighed down by dangerous dead branches? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, it might be time to speak with a Planet Green Tree Service professional to find a solution.
Like anything that lives, trees respond to their environment. When trees are not properly maintained, they can cause a whole host of problems for the homeowner. Overgrowth doesn’t just look bad – it can be a potential safety hazard and liability for your home. To prevent this from happening, it’s crucial that your trees are trimmed and pruned regularly. Trimming your trees and shrubs gives your home a tidy, appealing look and facilitates healthy plant and tree growth.
Because every tree and shrub is different, you must approach tree trimming with a plan. Before you start hacking at your trees with a machete, be sure to contact Planet Green Tree Service. Our team of expert arborists will come to your home and determine the best path to take for your tree trimming needs. We always take into account variables like the strengths, weaknesses, and species of your trees.
Benefits of Tree Trimming in North Charleston
For some folks, tree trimming seems like a minor detail in the grand scheme of homeownership. It can be a tedious job, but keeping your trees trimmed and well-maintained is more important than you might think. Below are just a few of the many benefits of keeping your trees and shrubs trimmed:
Part of the Planet Green pruning and trimming process includes the removal of damaged, broken, dead, and diseased branches. When ignored, these dead or dying branches can cause harmful fungi to wreak havoc on the trees around your home or business. Removing these weakened branches helps prevent fungi and keeps your trees healthy. In addition, tree trimming also lets more sunlight and air circulation reach your trees, boosting overall health.
As longtime residents of South Carolina, we know how dangerous hurricanes and heavy storms can be. Strong winds from these natural occurrences can cause branches to fall or even be carried away with significant force. This is concerning for many homeowners, especially those who have trees lining their driveways, recreational areas, and walking paths. When you trust Planet Green with your trimming needs, you are actually doing your part to “storm proof” your home from hazardous tree-related accidents. If you have low-hanging branches close to your roof or business, pruning these trees can provide more safety and overhead clearance. That way, don’t have an anxiety attack every time a storm rolls through your neighborhood.
Nobody likes the look of an overgrown, disheveled tree. Tree trimming improves the general appearance of your tree and makes your whole yard and home look better. Tree trimming also prevents your trees from growing weak branches and crotches and helps stop branches from intertwining with one another.
Developmental Tree Trimming
Pruning younger trees is key to protecting them as they age. This vital tree service in North Charleston keeps young trees aesthetically appealing and promotes proper structural integrity and optimal branch structure. In addition, as your home’s landscape matures, taking the time to trim young trees reduces the chance of expensive problems like tree failure.
Types of Tree Trimming
Not all tree trimming services from Planet Green Tree Service are the same. Our experts specialize in a number of different tree trimming services to ensure you are getting the right kind of trim for the appropriate situation. Because even the smallest mistake can permanently affect your tree’s health, we approach every tree trimming job with surgeon-like precision. That way, you know your trees are in capable, responsible hands.
When your trees age without the proper kind of care, they can develop too many branches on their interior. Trees like this give great shade, but too much is not a good sign. That’s where crown reduction trimming comes in. By reducing the density of your tree’s crown, our tree care experts improve its growth rate and health. Crown density reduction also promotes a longer lifespan and a more beautiful appearance.
As the name implies, deadwooding involves the trimming of dead wood from your trees. Often required in urban and suburban areas, deadwooding a tree makes it look more attractive and livelier, while maintaining the health of your tree’s trunk by removing rotted branches. This process also makes it safer for kids and other people who walk underneath or near your tree that may be harmed by rotting branches that fall. Other tree trimming services that Planet Green offers include: hazardous tree assessments, shrub trimming, pruning, cabling, bracing, and corrective trimming.
Stump Removal in North Charleston
For most property owners, removing a tree can seem like a major project. While that notion certainly isn’t wrong, tree removal is more straightforward and often easier than trying to remove an unsightly stump from your yard. Have you ever wondered why you see so many yards with stumps dotted around the land? It’s because they’re very difficult to remove. That is why Planet Green Tree Service has been offering stump removal services in South Carolina for more than 33 years. Our skilled stump removal experts bring a wealth of knowledge and cutting-edge tools to every stump removal project they tackle.
The fact of the matter is this: trying to remove a stump on your own is an incredible undertaking. Going the “DIY” route can take weeks to complete, even if you spend an hour or two every day. There’s also the issue of operating heavy machinery (which costs time and money to rent) and even light fires to expedite the process, which is dangerous. For these reasons alone, we always recommend that you bring in a professional to remove your tree stump safely and effectively.
Benefits of Stump Removal in North Charleston
Better Looking Yard
If you are a homeowner that loves sculpted hedges, beautiful landscaping, and a tidy law, removing old tree stumps will feel like a huge weight off of your chest. Stump removal not only gives your home more curb appeal, it can actually raise the value of your home. This is particularly pertinent if you are thinking about listing your home for sale in the near future.
If your yard is small, even one stump can reduce the amount of space you have in your yard. If you spend a lot of time playing sports or just enjoying your yard space, stump removal is a huge help. After all, nobody wants to toss a football around if there are a bunch of old stumps that you must avoid. Stumps also take up considerable space below ground, with their complicated root systems. Stump removal will give you and your family more room to plant flowers, grow vegetables, install a water feature, and much more.
Eliminate Unwanted Growth
When you leave a tree stump in your yard, you could be setting yourself up for unwanted tree growth. This kind of new growth often results in clusters of small trees popping up around the base of the stump. This problem isn’t just unsightly; it can be harmful to any plants near the stump because the new trees will suck up all the water and nutrients out of your soil.
Tree stumps are notorious for harboring all sorts of pests that can damage your hard and cause expensive problems in your home. We’re talking wood borers, ants, termites, and beetles. If you want to do away with these pests and protect your home, the best course of action is to contact Planet Green Tree Service for a quote on our professional tree removal services.
Sure, you could take the time to do your research on how to remove a stump. You could go to Home Depot, rent a high-powered stump grinder, and risk your health trying to operate it without training. You could spend every winking moment of your free time trying to grind the stump down so you can remove it from your yard. But why go through all that trouble when a trustworthy, experienced stump removal company like Planet Green Tree Service is only a phone call away?
Our team of stump removal professionals uses state-of-the-art tools designed to keep your property damage-free during the removal process. We will turn your yard into a beautiful blank slate, so you can focus on enjoying your stump-free while we haul away all the debris.
Your Premier Tree Service Company in South Carolina
With 33 years of experience, it’s no wonder why so many South Carolina locals choose Planet Green Tree Service for tree trimming and stump removal in their city. Clients love us because we believe in exceeding your expectations, no matter how large or small a job is.
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Charleston County Public Library expanding Free and Fresh program
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — The Charleston County Public Library says its Free and Fresh program will be expanding to two more branches. The expansion comes thanks to funding from Healthy Tri-County, it said...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — The Charleston County Public Library says its Free and Fresh program will be expanding to two more branches. The expansion comes thanks to funding from Healthy Tri-County, it said.
The program will be added to the Otranto Road Library, at 2261 Otranto Rd. and the John L. Dart Library, at 1067 King St. on Monday, Aug. 2.
The Free and Fresh program is part of the library's efforts to promote food literacy across the county. It was first launched at the St. Paul's Hollywood Library back in March.
Each participating branch has a refrigerator which is kept regularly stocked with fresh produce and is available to the public during regular library hours. Those wishing to grab food do not did to register or sign-up to do so.
With the HTC's funding, fridges at the participating branches will remain stocked with produce for the next six months.
“Through our fridge at the St. Paul’s Hollywood Library, we have been able to distribute thousands of pounds of free produce to the community, which we hope will contribute to improved health outcomes in that region of the county,” said CCPL Community Engagement Associate Director, Devon Andrews, in a statement.
“We know that food insecurity and health disparities are also prevalent in the downtown and North Charleston communities and we are so grateful to Healthy Tri-County for providing the means to expand this program to those areas," Andrews said.
In addition to the produce, families can find recipes and nutrition information if they're interested in learning more.
Funding for the refrigerator at the John L. Dart Library was provided by the Joanna Foundation and additional support for the program has been provided by the Charleston Friends of the Library, Lowcountry Food Bank and Fields to Families.
Healthy Tri-County is a multi-sector regional initiative working to improve the health and well-being of every person and community within the Tri-county region, which includes Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester.
"Healthy Tri-County is committed to finding innovative ways to strengthen health outcomes for all people during these difficult times," said Renee Linyard-Gary, Trident United Way Health Director, in a statement. "This partnership means so much to so many and it's a prime example of how groups across the Tri-County are coming together to be there for people in need by providing healthy alternatives which we hope can lead to a lifetime of healthy food choices."
Columbia mayor mulls mask mandate as COVID cases mount: ‘We should be doing a lot more’
COLUMBIA — Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin said he will consider another state of emergency to require mask wearing if COVID numbers in the region continue to spike. “I have grave concerns about the rise of the Delta variant. Laws passed by our General Assembly that actually prohibit us from protecting our children in public schools. We should be doing a lot more,” Benjamin said during an Aug. 3 City Council meeting. Particularly, Benjamin called into question a state budget amendment that bans the wearing of ma...
COLUMBIA — Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin said he will consider another state of emergency to require mask wearing if COVID numbers in the region continue to spike.
“I have grave concerns about the rise of the Delta variant. Laws passed by our General Assembly that actually prohibit us from protecting our children in public schools. We should be doing a lot more,” Benjamin said during an Aug. 3 City Council meeting.
Particularly, Benjamin called into question a state budget amendment that bans the wearing of masks on public school grounds.
“We can debate the legality, although I believe state law ... does not stop us from mandating masking, I believe that we should seriously look at mandating masking in public schools in the city of Columbia,” Benjamin said.
A clause in the state budget prohibits districts from requiring students or employees to wear a mask on school property. As part of the budget, the one-year law took effect July 1.
But Benjamin said city lawmakers have authority to step in where school districts cannot.
“If you think that the (amendment) in the budget doesn’t pre-empty our authority, should we not challenge that (amendment) now?” Councilman Howard Duvall said.
“I do believe that we should,” Benjamin replied. “I’m not sure how any well-meaning policymaker would take a way a parent’s ability to protect their child. We have jurisdiction over the city, and I think we should be legally prepared to defend that jurisdiction.”
The Democratic lawmaker quickly found political support on social media. State Sen. Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston, and state Rep. Marvin Pendarvis, D-North Charleston, said they backed Benjamin with Kimpson encouraging Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg to follow Benjamin’s lead.
Benjamin has the power to declare a state of emergency, which could last up to 60 days with City Council approval. The action was used several times throughout 2020 as the pandemic spread. Gov. Henry McMaster lifted a statewide emergency declaration in June.
Four of South Carolina’s 10 rising coronavirus hotspots are counties across the Midlands region, where cases per 100,000 people are up to 50 percent higher than the state average, according to a Post and Courier analysis of state public health data. Richland County alone has logged 1,358 new cases over the past 14 days, compared to 288 for the same time period that ended July 20.
The state’s capital county is seeing 97 new cases daily, compared to 20 last month, emergency management director Harry Tinsley told the City Council.
“We’re moving in the wrong direction,” he said.
Benjamin did not give a timeline to make such a decision, and it wasn’t immediately known whether a mandate would pertain to outdoor venues and gathering spots.
Short of that, the city could also renew its strategy of testing sewage for traces of COVID to figure out local hotspots where resources can be diverted. Assistant City Manager Clint Shealy said that process ended about five months ago once a grant dried up.
“I would like to keep making sure we’re pushing out as much information as possible, and I think to at least know where the spread is, we can at least double down in those communities to help with preventative measures,” councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine said Aug. 3.
Benjamin’s remarks came soon after the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced more than 2,000 reported single-day COVID cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to more 512,000, and shortly after the University of South Carolina said it was dropping a mask requirement following an opinion by state Attorney General Alan Wilson that doing so violated the law.
Earlier this year, McMaster banned local governments from issuing COVID restrictions using his state of emergency order as a reason. Most mask mandates used this declaration, including Columbia, and were dropped. South Carolina’s 15-month state of emergency ended in June.
Early in the pandemic last year, Wilson issued a statement that said cities and counties could pass their own mask ordinances.
Asked and Answered: July 29
RUSS PALLONE FROM TRINIDAD, CO: I noticed that outside linebacker Melvin Ingram III is wearing No. 8. What's up with that? I know that there were some changes to who can wear what, but I thought linebackers were to wear jersey numbers from the 40s to 90s. Can a player now wear No. 0? ANSWER: The NFL has changed its rules regarding jersey numbers and what positions are permitted to wear specific numbers. In the past, only quarterbacks, punters, and placekickers could wear single digits. That now has been expanded to incl...
RUSS PALLONE FROM TRINIDAD, CO: I noticed that outside linebacker Melvin Ingram III is wearing No. 8. What's up with that? I know that there were some changes to who can wear what, but I thought linebackers were to wear jersey numbers from the 40s to 90s. Can a player now wear No. 0?
ANSWER: The NFL has changed its rules regarding jersey numbers and what positions are permitted to wear specific numbers. In the past, only quarterbacks, punters, and placekickers could wear single digits. That now has been expanded to include tight ends, wide receivers, running backs, linebackers and defensive backs.
Here's how it breaks down under the new guidelines: quarterbacks can wear jerseys with numbers between 1-19; running backs, wide receivers and tight ends can wear jerseys with numbers between 1-49 or between 80-89; offensive linemen can wear jerseys with numbers between 50-79; defensive linemen can wear jerseys with numbers between 50-79 or 90-99; linebackers can wear jerseys with numbers between 1-59 or 90-99; defensive backs can wear jerseys with numbers between 1-49; and punters and placekickers can wear jerseys with numbers between 1-49. There is no provision for any player on a team to wear No. 0.
MIKE MARIC FROM VERNON, BC, CANADA: The signing of Melvin Ingram was done to improve depth at outside linebacker and allow for a three-man rotation with him along with T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith. Does that mean each will end up playing some left outside linebacker and right outside linebacker, or does someone else need to step up to make it a four-man rotation to keep each player on one end of the line of scrimmage?
ANSWER: The Steelers have made it work with a three-man rotation, but if a fourth guy steps up and shows he's deserving of regular season snaps, then four could work, too. The fact Melvin Ingram III has the ability to play both sides was one of the things that made him an attractive signing, and Alex Highsmith played both sides last season as the third man in the rotation with T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree.
MARK MADSON FROM UPPER ST. CLAIR, PA: I always believed David DeCastro was a bit underrated during his prime years with the Steelers. It reminds me of one of my favorite Steelers from the 1970s – Jon Kolb. I believe Kolb is the most underrated Steelers player of all time. I believe I am correct in saying that Kolb never made a Pro Bowl despite anchoring the left side of the Steelers line for 10 years. Do you agree with my thoughts on Kolb?
ANSWER: Let's start with a mild disagreement from me regarding David DeCastro, because in his nine seasons with the Steelers, DeCastro was voted to the Pro Bowl six times and first-team All-Pro twice. Those are not credentials of an underrated player.
Anyway, Jon Kolb is in a completely different category in the underrated department. Kolb started 177 games at left tackle over the course of his 13 years, including four Super Bowls. In those Super Bowls, Kolb went against Minnesota's Jim Marshall, Dallas' Harvey Martin twice, and the Rams' Fred Dryer. Marshall finished his career with 127 career sacks, but none in Super Bowl IX vs. Kolb; Martin finished his career with 114 sacks, but none in Super Bowls X and XIII vs. Kolb; and Dryer finished with 104 career sacks, but none vs. Kolb in Super Bowl XIV.
RAY WILES FROM ANNAPOLIS, MD: I love the color rush uniforms. Will the Steelers wear them more this year?
ANSWER: Teams typically are permitted to wear their color rush uniforms for one home game per season, unless granted a waiver by the NFL.
DWAYNE RUTLEDGE FROM NORTH CHARLESTON, SC: Do you think safeties Tre Boston or D.J. Swearinger can help the Steelers?
ANSWER: No. In 2020, Tre Boston, 29, signed a three-year contract with the Carolina Panthers, and after collecting $9.46 million for that season he was released. D.J. Swearinger, 30, entered the NFL as a second-round pick of the Houston Texans in 2013, and in the eight seasons since, he has played for six different teams.
RACHEL HERRERA FROM ANTHONY, NY: Is there going to be a Hall of Honor Induction/Game this year?
ANSWER: To start, the Hall of Honor Class of 2021 will be announced at noon on Saturday, July 31 in a media event at 12:30 p.m. at Heinz Field prior to the team's scheduled 1:30 p.m. practice that is open to fans. The Hall of Honor Induction will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13, with the recognition coming at halftime of the game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Nov. 14.
MIKE PALOMBO FROM MCMURRAY, PA: Now that Steven Nelson has signed a relatively cap friendly deal, it appears that money wasn't the issue. What do you believe is the reason for the Steelers' lack of interest in re-signing him and his lack of interest in returning?
ANSWER: The one-year contract Steven Nelson signed with the Philadelphia Eagles has been reported as being worth between $2.5 million and $4 million. I'll allow you and other fans to decide whether that qualifies as cap friendly. Anyway, when the team released Steven Nelson early in the 2021 offseason, it most likely was a move based on the Steelers making a decision on whether it could afford his salary based on his play and their cap situation. As the offseason progressed, the Steelers committed to Cam Sutton as a starter at the cornerback spot opposite Joe Haden, which would mean a return by Nelson would come with him being a backup. Do you believe Nelson would've been content with having his salary cut and losing his job to Sutton? Me neither.
CHUCK WEIDLER FROM STAFFORD, VA: In the July 27 Asked and Answered, you answered a question regarding the relative merits of the timing for the Steelers to sign players during the offseason process. You ended your answer with: "But remember, one of the risks associated with waiting for final cuts to add a guy is that if a player is placed on waivers, there is the possibility he could be claimed by a team with a higher waiver priority." Can you please explain the "higher waiver priority" reference?
ANSWER: During the process of teams cutting their rosters from 90 to 53 for the start of the regular season, players with fewer than four seasons of service are placed on waivers, while players with four or more seasons of service are released. Players who are released are permitted to sign with any team at any salary. Players who are placed on waivers can be claimed by NFL teams over a 24-hour period. If only one team claims the waived player, that player is awarded to that claiming team, and he either plays for that team or he doesn't play for any team. If multiple teams claim a waived player, the player is awarded to the claiming team with the worst record based on the previous year's standings, and then the player plays for that team or he doesn't play for any team. Also, waiver claims are prioritized the same way the draft order is determined. So to put this in the context of the Steelers making waiver claims during this time of the NFL calendar, their priority would be the same as their slot for the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. The Steelers used the 24th pick in the first round in 2021 to select Najee Harris, which means 23 teams would have a higher waiver priority than the Steelers..
GIO CALABRO FROM EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, NJ: Regarding the tight end position, it seems most of the attention is going to Pat Freiermuth, but can you provide any insight on the development of third-year pro Zach Gentry? At 6-foot-8, I would think at the very least he would be a red zone threat.
ANSWER: Since coming to the Steelers as a fifth round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Zach Gentry has remade his body completely and now looks like an NFL tight end. The issue with him has been: can he be physical enough to play the position? With an emphasis on being able to run the football effectively this season, I would imagine the No. 3 tight end is going to have to be a player capable of being an asset in that phase of the offense. Gentry now looks the part, and the padded practices during training camp followed by the preseason games could be the final determination into Gentry's ability to earn a spot on the roster.
LOGAN SCHAFFER FROM BISMARCK, ND: Being a North Dakota boy and an alumnus of North Dakota State, I'm just wondering what your thoughts are on Joe Haeg and his role going into camp and the preseason.
ANSWER: In the team's training camp depth chart, Joe Haeg is listed as the primary backup to Zach Banner at right tackle. Because Haeg is a five-year veteran with 67 regular season games, including 38 starts, on his resume, I would point to him right now as the favorite to become the swing tackle for the 2021 season.
BRIAN BINGHAM FROM KAYSVILLE, UT: Would it be safe to say that the Steelers got far more production from Robert Spillane than they might have expected? Spillane seemed to display more speed and coverage ability than Vince Williams once he became the starter to replace the injured Devin Bush.
ANSWER: It's safe to say Steelers fans "got far more production from Robert Spillane than they might have expected," but that's not how team views such things. Neither Coach Mike Tomlin nor General Manager Kevin Colbert, or anyone on their staffs, would discount the potential contributions of a player because of how he entered the league, Doing so could cause the team to miss out on a potential difference-making talent. Donnie Shell, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 7, James Harrison, and Willie Parker all entered the NFL the same way as Spillane.
LAWRENCE BELL FROM NORTH BEACH, MD: Will the Steelers trade for a shutdown cornerback?
ANSWER: I believe their strategy is going to be to visit the shutdown cornerback tree and just pick a ripe one off the branches.
AMY LEWIS FROM BROOKINGS, SD: Just a thank you for putting Rick Delgado in his place for suggesting putting a logo on both sides of the Steelers helmet. Please …
ANSWER: I'm here for you.
CDC issues new COVID-19 mask guidance but SC cities unlikely to reimpose mandates soon
As new coronavirus cases inch upward in South Carolina and other states see surges driven by the fast-spreading Delta variant, federal health officials issued new guidance on July 27 directing all people living in pandemic hot spots to wear masks inside, regardless of vaccination status. But South Carolina’s cities, towns and counties aren’t likely to immediately pass new mask mandates. The guidance issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is new, and spokesmen for Charleston and North Charlesto...
As new coronavirus cases inch upward in South Carolina and other states see surges driven by the fast-spreading Delta variant, federal health officials issued new guidance on July 27 directing all people living in pandemic hot spots to wear masks inside, regardless of vaccination status.
But South Carolina’s cities, towns and counties aren’t likely to immediately pass new mask mandates.
The guidance issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is new, and spokesmen for Charleston and North Charleston said officials haven’t yet had a chance to review the federal agency’s suggestions in depth.
And for now, no communities in the Charleston area are considered coronavirus hot spots.
“Fortunately, Charleston’s vaccination rate is well above the state average and our city is not currently considered a hot spot,” said Jack O’Toole, a Charleston spokesman. “That said, we’re mindful of this latest CDC guidance and will continue to work closely with (the Medical University of South Carolina) and other area health care professionals to ensure that city policy is consistent with their best medical judgment in this constantly evolving situation.”
Ryan Johnson, a North Charleston spokesman, said his city’s officials are reviewing the CDC guidance and continue to urge residents to get vaccinated.
Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie said he is proud of the town’s high vaccination rate and hopes to see more residents get their shots.
Issuing new mask mandates, however, is not currently an option, Haynie said.
“Mandating masks with all that has changed, including the high vaccination rate, is legally and politically not on the table, he said. “We continue to emphasize getting vaccinations.”
The Post and Courier called Summerville Mayor Ricky Waring but he could not be reached for this story.
Local governments around the Palmetto State could face a complicated road if they want to reinstate mask rules.
That’s because of a May 11 order issued by Gov. Henry McMaster that nullified local coronavirus restrictions that were tied to his pandemic emergency declarations.
During much of the pandemic, local governments that passed mask rules pinned their legal authority on McMaster’s declarations. The governor never passed a statewide mandate, instead leaving masking decisions up to each city, county and town.
With the legal framework of the governor’s orders gone, local governments that want to pass mask rules will have to rewrite their ordinances to put them in place.
Brian Symmes, a spokesman for the governor, said McMaster never implemented a statewide mask mandate at the height of the pandemic and “he’s certainly not going to now.”
“Aside from the fact it is entirely unenforceable, South Carolinians have been learning about the virus for over a year and a half now,” Symmes said. “They know what they need to do to be safe, and they certainly don’t need the governor or any other government official restricting them in any way at this point.”
Masking rules across the country relaxed during spring and early summer as case numbers fell. But the emergence of the Delta variant, a strain of the coronavirus that’s mutated to spread more easily from person to person, started spreading rapidly, especially in communities with lower vaccination rates. The new strain has some cities and towns revaluating their mask rules. On July 26, Savannah, Ga., reinstated its mask ordinance.
Shortly after the CDC’s announcement on July 27, Dr. Gerald E. Harmon, president of the American Medical Association, issued a statement agreeing with the federal agency.
“With cases of COVID-19 continuing to increase in the United States and a significant number of people who remain unvaccinated, the CDC’s updated mask guidance is needed to help curb the spread of COVID-19—particularly the delta variant, which we know is much more contagious,” Harmon, a physician who is based in Pawleys Island, said.
Emerging data shows that vaccinated people who are infected by the Delta variant carry similar viral loads as those who aren’t vaccinated, he said.
That high viral load increases the chances that person will pass the virus to someone else, Harmon said. Research does show the authorized vaccines are safe and effective in preventing severe COVID-19 complications, such as hospitalization and death.
The American Medical Association strongly supports the CDC’s updated recommendations, Harmon said.
“Wearing a mask is a small, but important protective measure that can help us all stay safer,” Harmon said. “The AMA continues to strongly encourage everyone who is eligible for COVID-19 vaccines to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control also weighed in on the masking issue and agreed with the CDC’s guidance on Tuesday.
“DHEC is adopting the federal agency’s updated guidance and is recommending all South Carolinians, including those who are fully vaccinated, wear their masks when indoors and in public settings,” the state public health agency said.
Officials cited a rise in breakthrough cases — COVID-19 infections in people who are fully vaccinated — that is likely being fueled by the rise of the Delta variant, the agency said.
State health officials said the agency’s recommendations are not a mandate and acknowledged that state law prohibits mask mandates in schools.
But the agency is strongly recommending individuals wear masks to protect themselves and others, according to the statement.
“Today’s change in guidance from the CDC reflects the very concerning trends we are seeing nationally and here in South Carolina regarding increasing case rates and a stagnant vaccination rate,” said Dr. Brannon Traxler, DHEC’s public health director. “We were hoping to reach herd immunity to stifle the spread of COVID-19 to prevent this scenario, but public health urgency now makes it necessary to return to recommending universal masking in public indoor settings.”
DHEC’s statement appears to be in conflict with McMaster’s earlier statements on masks, particularly in schools.
State law now prohibits school administrators from requiring students to wear a mask. The General Assembly agreed with me – and that decision is now left up to the parents.— Gov. Henry McMaster (@henrymcmaster) July 27, 2021
“State law now prohibits school administrators from requiring students to wear a mask,” the governor wrote in a series of tweets on July 27. “The General Assembly agreed with me — and that decision is now left up to the parents. The delta variant poses a real threat to South Carolinians. However, shutting our state down, closing schools and mandating masks is not the answer. Personal responsibility is.”
McMaster also continued to urge South Carolinians to get vaccinated. To date, less than half of the state is fully vaccinated.
The Governor’s Office confirmed DHEC did not consult with McMaster or his staff before issuing the statement about the CDC’s new guidance. The state’s public health agency is not part governor’s Cabinet and is governed by its own board.
School districts and campuses seeking guidance on masking, meanwhile, remain prohibited from enacting mask mandates.
State legislators blocked school districts and any individual schools from using state funds to require that students and employees wear a mask at any education facility. That rule went into effect July 1 and will be in place for a year.
Erica Taylor, chief of staff for the Charleston County School District, said officials will review the new CDC guidelines and continue discussions with DHEC as well as the Medical University of South Carolina, “seeking a responsible position that complies with the recent state proviso prohibiting school districts and schools from mandating masks for students and employees.”
In a similar move, the Legislature banned public colleges, including technical colleges, from requiring masks.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Tyler, the Creator Announces Tour With Vince Staples, Kali Uchis
Tyler, the Creator has announced tour dates behind his latest album Call Me If You Get Lost, with Vince Staples, ...
The 34-date trek through the U.S. and Canada kicks off February 10th, 2022, in San Diego, and runs through April 8th with a final show in Seattle. Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 6th at CallMeIfYouGetLost.com.
Staples and Uchis have both released their own new albums in the past year with Vince Staples and Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios), respectively. Teezo Touchdown has yet to release a proper LP, but was featured on the Call Me If You Get Lost track “RunItUp.”
Tyler, the Creator performed a headlining set this past weekend at Lollapalooza and will play another set at November’s Day N Vegas festival before hitting the road for his tour.
Tyler, the Creator 2022 Tour Dates
February 10 – San Diego, CA @ Pechanga Arena
February 11 – Phoenix, AZ @ Footprint Center
February 12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Michelob Ultra Arena
February 14 – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
February 16 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
February 18 – St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
February 19 – Kansas City, MO @ Cable Dahmer Arena
February 20 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
February 22 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
February 24 – Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum
February 27 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
February 28 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
March 3 – Worcester, MA @ DCU Center
March 4 – Norfolk, VA @ Chartway Arena
March 6 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
March 7 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
March 9 – Montreal, QB @ Place Bell
March 11 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
March 12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center
March 13 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
March 16 – Charlotte, NC @ Bojangles Coliseum
March 18 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
March 19 – Tampa, FL @ Yuengling Center
March 20 – Miami, FL @ FTX Arena
March 23 – Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Coliseum
March 25 – Duluth, GA @ Gas South Arena
March 27 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
March 29 – Denver, CO @ Ball Arena
March 31 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
April 1 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena
April 2 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
April 4 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
April 7 – Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum
April 8 – Seattle, WA @ Climate Pledge Arena