Manning curfew still in effect as deaths rise


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MANNING - Manning remains under curfew and parks are still closed as a result of the high number of COVID-19 deaths in Clarendon County and the increasing numbers of individuals infected with coronavirus.

Public activities during the curfew between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. are restricted. Exceptions are made for people commuting to and from work and those seeking health care services.

"Our decisions will continue to be based on facts and data as well as in the best interest of our citizens and city," Manning Mayor Julia A. Nelson said Thursday. "All directives from the City of Manning regarding COVID-19 will be based on Clarendon County's SCDHEC reports. Our numbers are still increasing from those infected, and the number of deaths are increasing. Therefore, the City of Manning offices will have limited access by the public; parks remain closed, and the curfew is still in effect."

Nelson said that although businesses are beginning to reopen by Gov. Henry McMaster's orders, she wants the residents of Manning and Clarendon County to remain vigilant and cautious to prevent the spread of the virus.

"If you or a member of your family test positive for COVID-19 and should be quarantined, please remain home and call on family members and friends for assistance," Nelson added. "When you are out in the public, please wear a facial mask and follow social distancing."