From staff reports
Governor Henry McMaster on Friday announced that restaurants throughout South Carolina will be allowed to reopen for limited dine-in services beginning on Monday, May 11.
Additionally, Governor McMaster announced that he has lifted all boating restrictions, as defined by Executive Order 2020-25, effective immediately. All laws and regulations concerning the safe operation of boats in South Carolina will now return to normal.
“As we gradually and methodically lift restrictions aimed at combating the coronavirus, it is incumbent upon South Carolinians to follow to the guidance and recommendations provided by our public health experts to keep themselves and their loved ones safe,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “This virus still presents a serious threat to South Carolinians, but I have faith in the people of our state and their ability to act responsibly and in the best interest of the communities they live in.”
Also, on Friday, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced 238 new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, and four additional deaths.
This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 7,367 and those who have died to 320.
There were four new cases in Beaufort County – ending the county’s streak of days with no new cases at two – to bring its total to 273.
The governor’s announcements follow two weeks of meetings of accelerateSC – a group created by the governor to develop a coordinated economic revitalization plan which includes healthcare professionals, representatives from large and small businesses, local government officials, and education professionals.
The announcement also comes after the governor was joined by the state’s public health officials to announce a new statewide testing plan, which will dramatically increase the number of South Carolinians tested.
Based on advice and recommendations from the “Response” component of accelerateSC, which includes input from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and the South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association (SCRLA), Governor McMaster has established guidelines for restaurants to follow if and when they choose to open for dine-in services. Those guidelines include, but are not limited to, the following:
– Only allow 50 percent of posted occupancy inside, as determined by fire marshals;
– Tables should be spaced 6 to 8 feet apart;
– Additional cleaning and sanitizing guidelines for equipment, tables, chairs, etc.;
– Additional guidance for health checks for all employees;
– Social distancing guidance for employees and customers, including recommended.