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Gov. McMaster to Lift “Work-or-Home” Order May 4th

May 01, 2020 04:40PM ● By David Dykes
By David Dykes

Gov. Henry McMaster said the statewide “Work-or-Home” order will be lifted and returned to voluntary status on Monday, May 4th. 

The governor also announced that on the same day, restaurants throughout South Carolina can provide outdoor customer dining service in addition to existing take out, curbside, and delivery services.

The governor said he was lifting his executive order because CDC guidance identifying “hotspots” throughout the country, which constituted the basis on which short-term rental companies denied reservations, has lapsed and was not renewed. 

The governor also has lifted his executive order that required individuals entering the state from the same “hotspots” to self-quarantine for two weeks.

However, McMaster and state epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell strongly urged anyone considered to be “at-risk” based on CDC guidance to limit exposure to others and for all South Carolinians to continue prioritizing travel between home and work, when possible. 

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, state officials said.

“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 continued. “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.”

The governor’s announcement follows a week of meetings of AccelerateSC – a group he created to develop a coordinated economic revitalization plan which includes healthcare professionals, representatives from large and small businesses, local government officials, and education professionals.  

Based recommendations from DHEC and the South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association, McMaster has established the following guidelines for restaurants if they choose to open for outdoor seating:

For 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 used 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).



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