Downtown Charleston streets have been less busy amid the pandemic, but things are picking up again | Photo by Cody Silver on Unsplash

Tourism down $5.2 billion since beginning of pandemic. South Carolina’s tourism has taken a hit since February, with 2020 seeing a 43% decrease compared to last year. Tourism revenue helps to pay for public services, arts groups, festivals and events. Source: Charleston Regional Business Journal

City of Charleston considers tax increase to make up for covid losses. The city of Charleston is trying to balance its budget after coming up $18 million short for its 2021 budget. The city lost an additional $42 million due to the pandemic in the 2020 fiscal year. Federal assistance for local governments has been debated, but not passed by Congress. Source: WCSC

Former Tropical Storm Eta heads into Atlantic after bringing rain, flooding. After bringing rain to the Lowcountry on Thursday, the post-tropical cyclone spun off into the Atlantic. Across the state, Eta triggered flash flooding, water rescues, road closures and a collapsed bridge. Source: AP

New study shows how coronavirus spreads among Marine Corps recruits at The Citadel. A new study found that the coronavirus spread by asymptomatic carriers among Marine Corps recruits who were strictly quarantined at The Citadel in downtown Charleston. Among the 1,800 recruits participating in the study, 51 positive cases of COVID-19 resulted, despite daily temperature readings and routine symptom checks. Source: P&C