COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – Governor Henry McMaster is calling on local governments to adopt face mask requirements and has placed further restrictions on restaurants amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Event venues and movie theaters will be allowed to operate in the coming days, and high school football will happen this fall.
Gov. McMaster and state health officials provided an update on South Carolina’s response to COVID-19 during a press conference Wednesday in Columbia.
He announced all previously recommended guidelines for restaurants and other establishments that attract groups of people are now mandatory.
Effective Monday August 3rd, all restaurants in the state will be required to follow guidelines issued by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and AccelerateSC. Dine-in services will be capped at 50%, masks will be required for all employees and patrons, tables must be spaced 6ft apart, and standing or congregating in bar areas is prohibited.
“These limited restrictions are temporary, they are measured, and they are targeted towards what we know works,” said Gov. McMaster. “These measures give South Carolina the best chance to slow the spread of the virus without shutting down the state’s economy – which we cannot and will not do – as many continue to call for.”
Gov. McMaster also called on all South Carolinians to wear face coverings when appropriate and called on local governments to adopt face covering ordinances.
Effective August 5th, the Governor is ordering face coverings to be worn in all state government buildings according to guidelines and procedures developed by the state Department of Administration.
Finally, Gov. McMaster is allowing businesses, facilities, venues, events, and mass gatherings that were previously ordered to close at the start of South Carolina’s shut down to reopen; however, they must implement AccelerateSC guidelines.
This includes: festivals, parades, concerts, theaters, stadiums, arenas, coliseums, auditoriums, grandstands, amphitheaters, gymnasiums, concert halls, dance, halls, performing arts centers, parks, racetracks, or similarly operated entities.
Guidelines say attendance must not exceed 50% occupancy or 250 persons – whichever is less. Face covering will be required as a condition of admission or participation. Social distancing, cleaning and hygiene practices must be implemented as recommended by AccelerateSC.