Click here for COVID-19 updates affecting the campus community

Outdoor activity options available for Mount Pleasant businesses


Downtown Mount Pleasant remains only partially open on May 30 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

City commissioners passed a resolution May 26 temporarily permitting Mount Pleasant business to expand outdoor activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To allow for social distancing inside retail stores and restaurants, the use of private outdoor parking areas, lawns, or other open spaces for sales, service, or other types of work will be permitted, according to City Planner Jacob Kain. 

City officials hope the decision will allow businesses to accommodate additional customers if capacity issues are affected due to social distancing guidelines. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges for businesses large and small,” Kain said in the press release. “Recognizing that business-as-usual is not possible in many instances right now, this resolution will help support our local business community create a safe environment for their employees and customers as well as operate in accordance with federal, state, and local guidelines.” 

The resolution also waives specific standards and fees for outdoor dining, tent and merchandise display permits. 

According to Kain, alcohol service in outdoor areas will be based upon meeting certain requirements and getting approval by the Director of Public Safety.

The policies on outdoor activities will be adjusted through Sept. 20. Visit the city's website for more information.