Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Per County policy, face coverings (which fully cover the nose and mouth) are required in County facilities as of Thursday, August 13, 2020. Masks will be made available for those without. Citizens are urged to call or email before driving to a County Office
Many buildings or functions are currently operating with social distancing restrictions, an appointment-only schedule and/or with a reduced staff to minimize contact between employees, the public, and each other. View our virtual services online here.

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Lancaster County Government Announces Operational Changes
Lancaster, SC – Based on DHEC’s data, Lancaster County’s COVID-19 positive case counts peaked in mid-January and have steadily declined over the last several weeks. As a result of this sustained positive trend, Lancaster County Government will lift previous restrictions on a number of services and return to normal hours of operation at most county facilities.

Beginning March 15th, the Administration Building will return to normal business hours and be open to the public 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday. The building will be accessible from both the Main Street and parking lot entrances with facial coverings/mask requirements and social distancing protocols remaining in place. For citizen and employee safety, departments will continue to limit the number of customers in their office areas. The Historic Courthouse remains closed for rentals until further notice.

Treasurer’s Office: On March 15th the Treasurer’s Office returns to regular business hours, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday. Citizens are encouraged to utilize our on-line taxpayer services. Pay online at or call 1-888-525-3661. Citizens are reminded they may utilize the secure 24-hour drop box located near the Drive Thru.

Parks and Recreation Department: The 2021 Spring Sports Season has begun. Outdoor park reservations are available to be booked by calling our office. Suspension of indoor facility reservations continues until further notice. After School Programs remain unchanged and the Department continues to follow Lancaster County School District decisions regarding school schedules. Please visit our website for the latest information:

Court System: In accordance with Chief Justice of South Carolina guidance; Circuit, Family, Probate and Master-in-Equity Courts may begin holding in-person proceedings, other than jury trials, beginning March 15th. Circuit Courts statewide may begin holding jury trials on April 5th, 2021. Visit the Clerk of Court website for further details:

Magistrate’s Court: In accordance with Chief Justice of South Carolina guidance, Magistrate Court in-person hearings, with the exception of jury trials, will resume the week of March 15th. Visit the Magistrate Court’s website for further details:
Library: Beginning March 15th, the Library will open to the public from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday with restrictions on the number of patrons in the facilities at any one time. Facial coverings/mask requirements and social distancing remain in place. Residents are encouraged to utilize the library’s on-line resources by visiting

Animal Shelter: The Animal Shelter will continue to operate by an appointment system only. Please contact the shelter at 803-286-8103 with any questions or to schedule.

Passport Office: Effective March 15th, the Passport Office will begin accepting appointments. Please visit the Passport Office website to schedule an appointment:

Register of Deeds Department: The Register of Deeds department continues to operate by appointment only. Contact the office at 803-416-9440 to schedule an appointment.

Citizens are encouraged to utilize the numerous virtual services available for routine county business by visiting the Lancaster County Government website: Links to county departments with virtual service capability are provided at the site. This link remains your best source for specific county department hours of operation and service capabilities for the foreseeable future. Residents can also contact individual departments by phone, email, US Mail and package delivery (UPS, FedEx, etc.).


Individuals who are symptomatic (fever, cough, respiratory infection, flu-like symptoms) with a correlating travel history or that have come in contact with someone who may be infected should visit the MUSC Health Virtual Urgent Care for screening and medical advice from a trained MUSC Health care provider.  This secure, virtual care option will help with infection prevention and control, while also allowing patients to receive care without exposing themselves or others to further sickness in the hospital setting.  MUSC Health Virtual Urgent Care is offering free consultations and screenings to anyone experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms located in South Carolina.  
Visit MUSC Health Virtual Care online.
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