City of Camden to Impose Curfew in Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

fCity of Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford has declared a state of public emergency related to the spread of COVID-19 in the City and is proclaiming a citywide curfew from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am, effective Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Mayor Drakeford said the curfew will include exceptions for police officers, firefighters, emergency services personnel, doctors, nurses, health-care providers, persons traveling to or from work, and those with life-threatening conditions who require medical assistance.

Due to concerns over communal spread of COVID-19 within the workplace, the City of Camden also strongly requests that employees for all businesses, as applicable, transition to a remote work model, or work from home, and that no social gatherings be held anywhere in the City until further notice.

Read the full proclamation here.

The City of Camden has closed all its facilities, excluding City Hall and the Camden Police Department headquarters, to the public until further notice. 

Public access to City Hall will be restricted to the south entrance, nearest the Finance Department. All other entrances to City Hall will be locked. All City business with the clerk's office, court, and building department can be handled at the Finance Department. Residents are encouraged to call City Hall at 803-432-2421 prior to visiting, to see if staff can assist you over the phone.

The City of Camden utility and sanitation operations will be maintained and serviced as normal, however contact with the public will be restricted. The City will suspend the normal disconnect for non-pay procedures until further notice. Residents are encouraged to use the City’s online bill pay for existing utility bills, as well as the drive-thru window and drop boxes in the parking entrance and just outside the Finance Department entrance at City Hall, where payments will be accepted 24 hours a day. The Finance Department will also accept payments by check over the phone until further notice. 

Public access to the Police Department will be restricted to the front lobby. Fingerprinting services have been suspended until further notice. 

The Camden Fire Department will suspend nonessential services and programs until further notice. Residents with specific needs or concerns may call the Fire Department at 803-425-6040.

Municipal court has been suspended through April 1st. Preliminary court hearings for March 26th have also been canceled. Essential functions will be carried out, however roll call and traffic court appearances have been canceled. Conditions are being monitored to determine the schedule for future cases.

City staff will continue to monitor the COVID-19 virus and make operational decisions as necessary. The Kershaw County government has activated a COVID-19 hotline. The public is encouraged to call the COVID-19 hotline at 803-425-7242 and monitor information and updates at SC DHEC’s website or the Kershaw County website If you are experiencing symptoms or have a concern for your health or risk level, you are encouraged to call your physician or medical facility before leaving your home.