Aiken County Offices remained closed to the public, but employees are reporting to work on normal schedules to assist citizens with online, email and phone transactions. However, over the weekend Parks, Recreation and Tourism staff closed all County parks to the public. Previously the facilities at the Recreation Center in Graniteville, the Aiken County Visitors’ Center, Boyd Pond Park, Harrison-Caver Park, Listine Gunter Courtney Senior Center and Roy Warner Park were closed, but playgrounds and other outdoor facilities were left open for leisure use. Those facilities remain closed, but the closure extends now to the playgrounds, ballfields, basketball courts and other outdoor gathering places.
The purpose for the closure is to limit places for people to gather in large numbers. PRT staff noticed that a great many of the County’s facilities were being used by a rather large number of people. While the County normally encourages that activity, during the current health crisis, those types of activities should be avoided. Recognizing children are out of school and need activities to fill their day, the County feels it is prudent and necessary to fully close all county parks to all visitors. One exception are the various walking trails and tracks at County parks. People will be allowed to continue the use of those facilities, but are encouraged to maintain distance from others and not walk in large groups.
At the Government Center, a second drop box has been placed at the rear entrance to the building. This was done to assist with long lines at the drive-thru. It is NOT for current tax payments, but is for documents for the RMC, Planning and Development, Engineering and other offices that utilize larger documents. Delinquent tax payments can be handled at either the drive-thru, the drop box on the drive-thru island or at the box located at the rear entrance.
Citizens should continue to follow the recommendations and directives from the Centers for Disease Control and healthcare providers on how to stay safe and avoid contracting this, or any other, virus.
Aiken County Administrator's Office
March 23, 2020