Charleston mayor says citizens should continue to ‘stay home, stay smart’

Charleston mayor says citizens should continue to ‘stay home, stay smart’
Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg held a press conference on Thursday afternoon telling citizens to continue to buckle down as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. (Source: Live 5 News)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg held a press conference on Thursday afternoon telling citizens to continue to buckle down as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

He urged citizens to “stay home, stay distant, and to stay smart.”

“And at the rate we’re going, unfortunately we could easily hit 3000 over the weekend,” Tecklenburg said."So once again, the message for our citizens is to stay home, stay distanced, and to stay smart is the way to go."

He said although there were not many cases in Charleston County over the past few days, residents need to continue to “buckle down" especially since DHEC is predicting a rise of cases in the state.

“And that’s why it’s so critical for people not to let up the guard, but to remain distance,” Tecklenburg said.

The mayor said there was an estimated 25,000 hospitality workers who were out of work in the Charleston area.

The mayor was joined by Greater St. Luke AME Chuch Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Krystal Sears and Islamic Council of Charleston Imam Bourouis El-Idrissi who both discussed how they are celebrating their respective holidays while avoiding in-person gatherings.

El-Idrissi said although the Charleston mosque was closed, people in the congregation have been reached through technology.

Sears invited parishioners to connect to her church through their website https://www.greaterstlukeame.church/

You can watch the full press conference below.

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Passover began at sundown on Wednesday and Easter is this Sunday.

On the Islamic calendar, Laylat al Bara’at, also began Wednesday night and ends Thursday night.

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