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Governor Issues “Home or Work” Order

Apr 06, 2020 05:07PM ● By David Dykes

Gov. Henry McMaster issued a mandatory “home or work” order that also mandates capacity limitations to retail businesses still operating.

“As we have said before – when the science, data, facts and experts determine it’s time to take action, it would be taken. It’s time,” McMaster said. “Taking this measure now will hopefully slow the future rise in infections and the virus’ toll on our state’s economy.”

The governor’s order goes into effect Tuesday, April 7, at 5 p.m.

Violators face a misdemeanor charge and, upon conviction, a fine of not more than $100 or imprisonment of not more than 30 days.

Permitted travel includes commuting for work, visiting family, and obtaining essential goods or services, McMaster said. 

The order won't impact an individual’s ability to exercise outdoors or go for a walk as a family, but everyone should act responsibly and practice social distancing and proper personal hygiene, state officials said.

No additional businesses or activities will be limited as a result of McMaster's latest order, the officials said.

On Friday, McMaster issued an executive order that extended the list of non-essential business closings. 

The governor also has ordered that all retail business still operating limit customer activity by only allowing five customers per 1,000 square feet or 20 percent of their posted capacity in a store, whichever is less. 


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