Effective Monday, March 16, public access to City Hall and the Fire Department will be restricted. See COVID-19 Update for more information.

COVID-19 Updates

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Dear TR Community, a deep-rooted value of Travelers Rest has always been how we care for each other and stay unified as a community. This past month, we have seen changes that have altered our lives. Across our country, states are taking various precautions such as California mandating all nonessential travel for two weeks. Though we are not under those regulations, we understand the concern and stress that comes from not knowing what’s to come. As your local leaders, we want you to be prepared and ready to care for your families and our neighbors in any situation. As a result, we are encouraging the following preparedness steps as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control:1) Maintain two weeks of food on hand for your household. Please be considerate of limits and do not hoard.
2) Maintain a two-week supply of baby formula, supplies, and essentials.
3) Ensure you have a full stock of prescription medications, insulin and general drug store medications on hand.
4) Every day, we encourage you to check on your neighbors whether in person (six feet distancing) or a call. We know that isolation breeds loneliness, and we care too much to see anyone of our neighbors feel alone. Our goal is to make sure you feel prepared and comforted to weather any situation that comes as we are all working towards a common goal to remain healthy and TR Strong. We are posting updates to our website TravelersRestSC.com and our Discover Travelers Rest Facebook page. Also, join me in supporting our local restaurants by ordering take-out and tip well, if you can! (Here’s a list of TR Take-outs!)Again, I’m accessible by phone at 864-380-4979 or email [email protected] Know that we are constantly doing everything we can to care for our TR families as a city and community.Brandy Amidon
Mayor of Travelers Rest
FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020

SC Governor’s Emergency Order of No On-site Food or Drink Service from SC DHEC:
“To facilitate social distancing, restaurants, and bars can no longer provide sit down dining. This applies to both indoor and outdoor dining areas. The Governor is encouraging all affected facilities to provide take out, drive-through or delivery service. Patrons may come into the facility to place orders. However, to promote social distancing, we are encouraging that orders be taken via phone, online or at a service window.

Retail stores, convenience stores, and hotel breakfast service may continue to offer self-service food service such as grab and go, hot dog and pizza or other food pick up; however, all seating areas need to be closed.”

Alcohol Sale from the SC Law Enforcement Division:
“This Section does not direct the closure of retail beverage venues that currently provide for the sale of alcoholic beverages for off-site consumption and does not require the closure of production operations or wholesale distribution at breweries, wineries, or distilleries.”

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020

Notice of Business License Renewal Due Date Extension
Due to recent events related to COVOD-19 pandemic and in an effort to provide some relief to local businesses, the City of Travelers Rest City Council passed an Emergency Ordinance deferring the deadline for payment of new business licenses and business license renewals without penalty during this state of emergency. The extended deadline for business license renewals is May 20, 2020. For questions or assistance with your business license renewal please email Renee Smouse at [email protected] 
Business licenses renewal applications and payment can be sent to:
City of Travelers Rest, C/O Business License Renewal
125 Trailblazer Drive
Travelers Rest, SC 29690
Phone: 864. 834.8740


Travelers Rest City Council holds a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. Following state and federal guidelines for safety regarding COVID-19, the meeting will be closed to the public. The meeting will be available to view on the Discover Travelers Rest Facebook page.

In a step to offer relief to local businesses, the agenda includes an Emergency Ordinance that would defer payment of new business licenses and business license renewals without a penalty until May 20. (View the agenda and the Emergency Ordinance here.)  The City has also created a resource guide to support local restaurants called TR Take-Outs which lists details of local delivery and pick-up options.


The City of Travelers Rest is committed to protecting the health of its citizens and employees and is following the latest guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Below we’ve listed some of the steps the city is taking to slow the spread and reduce the local impact of COVID-19. We’ve also included links to federal, state and local resources designed to keep you informed and protected.

To ensure continuity of essential services we are instituting the following modifications to City operations:

  • Effective Monday, March 16, public access to City Hall and the Fire Department will be restricted
  • Payments will be accepted online and by mail
  • Permits, licensing, records requests, and payment assistance will be handled online or by phone
  • City Council and other public meetings have been canceled through March 31st.

All city events and events on City property are postponed through May 10th. The City is working with event organizers to reschedule when possible. This is a rapidly evolving situation that the city continues to monitor.


Learn how to protect yourself and what steps to take if you think you may be infected: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
For state and local updates from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control visit SCDHEC
Check out the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America – 15 Days to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
If your family is in need of food or support services please visit our Family Support Services webpage for listings of local organizations that are here to help.


You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses by following these simple steps:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick with respiratory symptoms
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath) should stay home and contact their primary care provider by phone. Only contact 9-1-1 in the event of a life-threatening emergency