Without a doubt, it’s an unsettling time with the COVID-19 pandemic and the scary feeling of not knowing what is coming next. To all of our moms, to all of our readers, you are NOT ALONE! We are all feeling many of the same feelings, and have so many questions. Although we cannot provide you with many of the answers we all would like to know, we can do our best to continue providing you with the resources, latest up-to-date information, and activities to keep you and the kiddos busy (and sane!) during this uncertain time.
Now, more than ever, it is so important to support our local businesses, in whatever ways we can given the current climate and restrictions. If you know of a local business providing some kind of service that our readers should know about (whether it’s virtual healthcare, meal deliveries, etc ) please email us at [email protected] If we are missing something, please let us know and we’ll add it in here! Thank you so much to our City Mom Collective sister sites whose valuable articles have also been included in this guide.
*Please note that this will be an ever-changing resource. While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and details, we always encourage you to do the same. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can correct them. Please check back for the most up-to-date information.
FOR THE KIDS (EDUCATION, ACTIVITIES, & ENTERTAINMENT)
Having the kiddos at home for an unknown period of time can bring some anticipation and worry. How will we keep them entertained for days on end? What can we do to keep learning happeing outside of the classroom? We’ve compiled a variety of resources from the Charleston Moms site, as well as various other helpful articles that we’ve found. Click on the images below to head straight to the resource!
*While some information may not be relevant given the current preacations and advisories, we’ve included these articles because there are still good activities you can do while at home!
FOR PARENTS (SELF-CARE, EASY MEALS, & STAYING HEALTHY)
As moms, we’ve got little eyes on us all the time. During this stressful time, it’s important to remember to take care of ourselves too. We’ve included some tips for self-care, as well as simple meals to make at home, natural ways to boost immunity, and more!
LOCAL & FEDERAL RESOURCES
Staying up-to-date with your trusted local and federal resources is so important with the rapid rate at which things are changing. We encourage you to check these resources regularly and please let us know if you see any information that needs to be added by emailing [email protected]
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS & CHANGES:
- Charleston County Schools: All public K-12 schools will be closed until 4/13.
- Dorchester District 2 Schools: All public K-12 schools will be closed until 3/31.
- Berkeley County Schools: All public K-12 schools will be closed until 3/31.
- Dorchester District 4 Schools: All schools will be closed until at least 3/31.
PRIVATE SCHOOL CHANGES:
- Mason Prep will be starting Spring Break 3/16 instead of the planned 3/23.
- Charleston Collegiate School will be closed until 3/31.
- Ashley Hall’s campus will be closed beginning on 3/16.
- Porter-Gaud will hold classes on Monday, March 16 – Wednesday, March 18. On Thursday, March 19, we will test our virtual school capabilities with our Upper and Middle School students. Students are not required to be on campus, but will be required to attend brief virtual classes. Lower School will conduct parent/teacher conferences as scheduled on March 19. (At-home learning materials for Lower School students will go home on Wednesday, March 18.)
- Bishop England will be closed 3/16 – 3/31.
CLOSURES, CHANGES & CANCELLATIONS:
Below is a list of Charleston Businesses, Events & Activities that have been canceled, postponed, or rescheduled. We’ll continue to update this list as news comes in.
BUSINESS CLOSURES & CHANGES:
- Publix will be closing at 8 pm, or two hours early, to give employees time to restock produce and sanitize shelves.
- Wal-Mart will have new hours, its retail stores and Neighborhood Markets will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice.
- During this time, Berkeley Electric will not disconnect members for nonpayment. You are still responsible for paying your bill, but they are offering this leniency so members do not have to worry about losing vital services during their time of need.
- The Summerville YMCA will be suspending all child care programs association wide, which include, Little Learners, Fun Day, and After School Care.
- Gymnastics Academy of Charleston will close for all events for two weeks. They will will honor all make-up classes in addition to adding class times to suit everyones needs.
- The South Carolina Aquarium will be closed through 3/31.
- Sweetgrass Pediatrics will only be seeing WELL patients in the morning and SICK patients in the afternoon beginning on 3/16 and continuing for two weeks.
- Starbucks will shift to a “to go” model for at least two weeks to encourage social distancing. While customers can still walk up to the counter and order, there will be no seating in stores.
- Chick-fil-A has closed its dining room seating to limit person-to-person contact. Some restaurants may only offer service through our drive-thrus, while others may be able to offer takeout, delivery or mobile order options.
- Starting on Tues., March 17, Renzo will be offering only take out and delivery options.
- Félix Cocktails et Cuisine is closing their dining room but is accepting delivery orders on Uber Eats.
- All Charleston County Library branches will close on 3/16. Digital resources will remain available.
- Dorchester County Library branches will be closed from 3/17 – 3/31 and all book returns will be closed.
- All Berkeley County Library branches will be closed for the time being. No items wil be due at this time.
- The Charleston Museum will be closed through 3/31.
ADDITIONAL SERVICES THAT BUSINESSES ARE OFFERING:
- Destiny Community Cafe will be offering meal delivery on Wednesday & Thursday from 12-4. The minimum donation is $10 (please let them know if you need a free meal voucher). Text 843-640-1045, 24-48 hours in advance.
- Hatcher Family Therapy will be setting up her practice to provide online/video counseling.
- Corepower Yoga will be offering free yoga on demand for anyone.
- Verde will have online ordering pick up stations, in-house delivery available at select locations, and a wider delivery range through their partner Doordash.
- The Works will be offering streaming classes free for a limited time.
- Corrective Chiropractic will be offering extended hours, private adjusting times, as well as additional health measures to support people’s health.
- Eggs Up Grill: They are offering free meals to kids. Just stop by weekdays from 11am-1pm while school is out. No purchase necessary. Families can either take it to go or eat it at the restaurant.
- Sweetgrass Counseling will be offering video counseling.
- Sculpted Lotus Yoga will be holding classes online only.
- Skip & Sully will be offering curbside coffee delivery. Please park out front and turn on your flashers to alert the baristas. Playground hours are amended to 8 am – 1 pm and they will be monitoring numbers to ensure they are in compliance with CDC guidelines. Toddler summer camp registration party will be cancelled in studio but registration will open online at 4 pm on 3/25.
- Wishbone Farms will continue home deliveries the week of 3/16, You may place our order now at www.wishbone.mybigcommerce.com
. You may also pick up at the farm with advance notice if you place your order online ahead of time.
- Force Dance Academy will have free streaming ballet classes for ages 3-18 starting 3/18.
- The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will have a Home Safari Facebook Live each weekday at 3pm where they will highlight one of their amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home. Join them starting Monday, March 16 at 3pm for the first Home Safari- featuring Fiona!
- Nutrition Rites is providing telehealth nutrition counseling services! They serve infants through elderly for anything from picky eaters, allergies, medical conditions, general nutrition, intuitive eating, and more!
- Uber Eats doing a $0 delivery fee.
- Xiao Bao Biscuit is offering take out and delivery through Uber Eats with a no-contact option. They even have added a phone number, so you know they’re serious: call (843) 743-3486 to place your take out order.
- Hamby Catering has created a delivery meal for a family of four, allowing for no-contact ordering. Each meal costs $50 for a family of four, and the free deliveries are made between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Items are delivered to the front door and payment can be made over the phone at (843) 725-4035.
- Mercantile & Mashis offering 10 percent off on all to-go orders.
- Indaco and The Macintosh are also offering 10 percent off, and guests can pick up curbside.
- Call ahead and place an order at Bay Street Biergarten and receive 10 percent off.
- Basic Kitchen is stocked up with special takeaway bowls, both freezable and microwaveable. Starting at 5 p.m. on Mon. March 16 you can order bowls via Doordash and Postmates.
- Baroni’s Pizza will offer a free slice of cheese pizza and a small drink to school aged children during the hours of 11:00am to 1:00pm, Monday through Friday, at both of our locations (Mount Pleasant and West Ashley). This offer is only good for dine-in or take-out, and children must be present.
- On Friday, 3/20 Lewis Barbecue will offer a free meal to unemployed food and bev employees.
- Mosaic Catering will be offering free delivery and curbside pickup. They will soon be taking catering orders for their MOSAIC community drop-off locations. Mt. Pleasant, Daniel Island, Summerville, Goose Creek, Johns Island and will deliver orders to your communities for quick and easy pick-up
They request 6 hour notice on catering orders.
EVENT CANCELLATIONS, CHANGES, & POSTPONEMENTS:
- Cooper River Bridge Run: Rescheduled to 8/1
- Flowertown Festival: Rescheduled to 9/4 – 9/6
- Walk for Water: Will be a virtual event instead, still on 3/21
- Carolina Cup Races: Canceled
- Volvo Car Open: Canceled
- BabyShark Live at the North Charleston Coliseum: Postponed, no new date announced yet
- Charleston Battery: All Battery games for at least 30 days
- Charleston Music Hall: (All Events in March) – Postponed
- South Carolina Stingrays – Suspended – ECHL suspended the 2019-2020 season
- Special Olympics South Carolina – Canceled – Three events canceled: Basketball on March 14th, Statehouse Rally on March 31st, and Cheer Competition April 25th.
LOCAL HEALTHCARE RESOURCES:
- MUSC is now offering free virtual screenings for anyone who thinks they may be experiencing coronavirus symptoms. You can also call 843-792-7000 to access the system by phone. Virtual care is also available for other illnesses.
- Roper St. Francis is offering free virtual care screenings to anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Patients who have fever, coughing and shortness of breath can speak with a provider between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Use the promo code COVID19. Virtual visits outside of this timeframe will be charged the standard flat rate of $59. Virtual care is also available for colds, sinus infections, cough, allergies and other non-emergent conditions.
- Trident Health System is limiting entry into hospitals and clinics so anyone who enters into patient care areas can be carefully screened, and masks can be provided to those who need them.
- Doctors Care offers virtual care visits but DOES NOT have the coronavirus test. To talk with a Doctors Care provider about whether or not your symptoms might be the coronavirus, please use their virtual visit app, Doctors Care Anywhere.
- Use Walgreens MDLIVE service to talk online with a doctor from the comfort of your home 24/7.
- CVS has video visits which allow you to connect with a health care provider through your computer or mobile device to have your symptoms assessed from the comfort of home.
WAYS TO HELP
While it is always a good idea to shop local, now is more important than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic will have a huge impact on local businesses, so as part of the Charleston community, we must find ways to show our local businesses that we support them.