It will be business as usual for some workers on the public payroll in the Columbia area during the solar eclipse Monday.
Classes will be out at all public schools in the area by the time the eclipse starts. But students at private Heathwood Hall Episcopal School will stay later for an extended science lesson.
State offices as well as those in Lexington County, Richland County and Columbia are slated to be open.
But operations at some city offices will be suspended from noon-3 p.m. – municipal court, human resources, parking services, all payment centers and other offices at the corner of Main and Washington streets. Most of those offices are downtown near the site of events expected to attract crowds.
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Richland County employees will be allowed to take a break to view the event. Those in Lexington County can do so if a supervisor approves.
No major employer in the Midlands has announced plans to close that day.