Because of the coronavirus, the Town of Fort Mill has closed all parks and cancelled all events through May 10, including the S.C. Strawberry Festival.

The information is provided in two press releases sent Monday afternoon . Here they are:

Fort Mill Closing All Parks Due to Coronavirus

March 16, 2020- In an effort to reduce the chance of Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading in the community, Fort Mill Town Council signed an emergency ordinance today closing all Town parks and related recreational facilities effective immediately until further notice. Council is granted the authority to enact this ordinance under State Law Section 5-7-250 (d).

This is in accordance with a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendation that all public events or gatherings with more than 50 people should be postponed or canceled for the next eight weeks. Anyone found in a Town park will be asked to leave.

The Town is continuing to monitor the situation and is staying updated on information released by agencies such as the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please refer to both agencies for real-time information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the disease, including this CDC website explaining how the virus spreads and the best ways to protect yourself: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html.

Please keep an eye on the Town’s website (www.fortmillsc.gov) and social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for further information.

Fort Mill Extending Postponement of Events Due to Coronavirus

March 16, 2020-  Based on new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), The Town of Fort Mill is extending its postponement or cancellation of all Town-sponsored or Town-assisted events, as well as any event held on Town properties, through May 10. This includes the cancellation of the week of events planned for the annual South Carolina Strawberry Festival from April 25 to May 2.

This is in accordance with a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendation that all public events or gatherings with more than 50 people should be postponed or canceled for the next eight weeks. The decision was made in an effort to combat the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to protect the health of the community.

The decision also affects any public rentals of Town Park facilities, including at Walter Y Elisha, Steele Street and Harris Street parks.

The Town is continuing to monitor the situation and is staying updated on information released by agencies such as the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please refer to both agencies for real-time information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the disease, including this CDC website explaining how the virus spreads and the best ways to protect yourself: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html.

Please keep an eye on the Town’s website (www.fortmillsc.gov) and social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for further information.