Governor McMaster’s home or work order returns to voluntary status on Monday, May 4th

South Carolina News

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA/WCBD) – Governor Henry McMaster announced Friday that the statewide “work-or-home” order will be lifted and returned to voluntary status on Monday, May 4.

According to a news release, restaurants throughout South Carolina may also start providing outdoor customer dining services, in addition, to take out, curbside, and delivery service on Monday.

“The governor also announced that he has lifted Executive Order 2020-19 because CDC guidance identifying “hotspots” throughout the country, which constituted the basis upon which short term rental companies were to deny reservations, has since lapsed and was not renewed,” according to the release. “The governor has also lifted Executive Order 2020-14, which required individuals entering the state from the same “hotspots” to self-quarantine for two weeks.”

McMaster and state epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell urged anyone considered to be “at-risk” based on CDC guidance to limit exposure to others and for all South Carolinians to continue to prioritize their travels between home and work.

“Anybody who is sick or is showing symptoms of COVID-19 should immediately contact a healthcare provider and self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days,” according to a news release.

“Our goal from the onset of this deadly pandemic has been to protect South Carolinians, but as we all know, the state’s economic health is a major component of the state’s public health,” McMaster said. “South Carolinians, now more than ever, should be vigilant in protecting themselves, their loved ones, and their communities by practicing social distancing and continuing to follow the advice and recommendations from our public health experts.”

“This virus will continue to spread and still presents a very real and serious threat to our people, but I believe in South Carolinians and their ability to act wisely and safely,” the governor said. “We are a strong, resilient, and compassionate people who care for one another and will act in the best interest of our state as a whole.”

According to the release, McMaster’s announcement followed a week of meeting with AccelerateSC, a group created by the governor to develop a revitalization plan for healthcare professionals, representatives from large and small businesses, local government, and education professionals.

The following are guidelines for restaurants to follow if they choose to open for outdoor seating:

Existing approved outdoor seating areas:

  • Tables are to be spaced a minimum of 8 feet from each other (measured from all edges of the table);
  • Limit table groups to 8 individuals;
  • Eliminate gatherings in the building when entering or exiting outdoor seating area;
  • Maintain strict social/physical distancing guidelines;
  • Tables, chairs, and seats should be sanitized after every customer

If open areas and/or temporary tents are utilized by existing, permitted restaurants, all sides of the tent must be open and the following conditions are required:

  • Tables are to be spaced a minimum of 8 feet from each other (measured from all edges of the table);
  • Table groups are to be limited to 8 individuals;
  • State approved fire extinguisher within 75 feet of tent area;
  • Minimum of 7-foot-6 inch head room (ceiling height)

For guidelines and a list of frequently asked questions, click here.

The South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association has provided additional guidance that restaurants are expected to follow here.

For the latest number of virus cases and deaths in SC, click here.

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