May 11, 2020
News from Columbia | Governor’s Office
On Monday, May 11 Governor McMaster announced that close contact service providers, fitness and exercise centers, commercial gyms, and public or commercial pools will be able to open in a limited capacity on Monday, May 18. Learn More
Previously amended Executive Orders:
- The remaining restrictions on boating, as defined by Executive Order 2020-25, were lifted effective immediately on Friday, May 8.
- Restaurants throughout South Carolina were allowed to reopen for limited dine-in services beginning on Monday, May 11. Governor McMaster has established guidelines for restaurants to follow if and when they choose to open for dine-in services. More information
- The stay at home or work order is no longer mandatory but voluntary.
- Removal of travel restrictions and mandatory self-quarantine for individuals entering South Carolina from high-risk areas with substantial community spread (states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and the City of New Orleans, Louisiana) for a period of fourteen (14) days.
- Removal of outside dining restrictions with the recommendation that restaurants follow the guidance from the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association.
- Reopened public boat landings, some retailers, and public beach accesses (subject to restrictions imposed by local governments) Kiawah’s beach accesses (with the exception of Beachwalker County Park which remains closed) are private and were not closed under the original order.
State of Emergency Extended
On April 27, Governor McMaster extended South Carolina’s State of Emergency effective for an additional 15 days. The Governor can, at any time, rescind any orders he has issued with the advice of the state’s public health experts.
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