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Gov. McMaster: Restaurants Can Open for Limited Dine-in Monday, May 11

May 08, 2020 04:58PM ● By David Dykes

Gov. Henry McMaster said restaurants throughout South Carolina can reopen for limited dine-in services beginning Monday, May 11.

Additionally, McMaster said he has lifted all boating restrictions, effective immediately. All laws and regulations concerning the safe operation of boats in South Carolina will return to normal, state officials said.

“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,” McMaster said. “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.”

The governor’s announcement follows two weeks of meetings of accelerateSC – a group he created to develop a coordinated economic revitalization plan that 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, McMaster 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 6-8 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.
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