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Charleston officials said on Monday that city was ramping up safety measures with increased COVID-19 case numbers in recent weeks.

“It’s time to double down on our safety precautions for COVID-19 until this vaccine is widely distributed,” Mayor John Tecklenburg said at a news conference on Monday. Among the changes made by the city, announced yesterday, are scaling back on permits for public gatherings and having city workers work from home if possible. Source: City of Charleston

Following some concerns raised by Charleston parents, school board officials will be looking at notification protocols for district schools at their meeting Tuesday. Source P&C

No Carnival cruises out of Charleston until at least March 31. Source: CRBJ

Statehouse Public Safety is on alert in Columbia after FBI notices regarding potential violence at state capitals in the coming weeks. Source: Live 5

The State headline: “SC Gov. McMaster orders flags flown at half-staff for Capitol police deaths after riot”

Things may get tougher for Republicans who opposed President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory last week after the Capitol Hill violence. Source: Politico

Greenville’s Drive baseball team will continue its affiliation with the Boston Red Sox this season, but will jump from Low-A affiliation to High-A. The Charleston RiverDogs are Low-A. Source: GSA Upstate

Wall Street Journal headline: “Parler, a Platform Favored by Trump Fans, Struggles for Survival”