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Gov. McMaster Lifts Restrictions on Attractions Effective Friday, May 22

May 20, 2020 04:37PM ● By David Dykes

By David Dykes

Gov. Henry McMaster announced that attraction facilities can open throughout South Carolina beginning Friday, May 22. The governor’s announcement comes after AccelerateSC has been meeting for nearly a month to determine the safest ways to reinvigorate the state’s economy.

The “Response” component of AccelerateSC established safety guidelines for businesses that have been allowed to reopen. Guidelines for attraction facilities can be found here and on the AccelerateSC website, along with guidelines for all recently re-opened businesses.

Examples of attraction facilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Zoos
  • Museums
  • Aquariums
  • Planetariums
  • Historic buildings and sites
  • Waterparks
  • Amusement park rides
  • Go-Kart tracks
  • Bingo facilities (specific guidelines can be found here)
  • Miniature golf facilities.

McMaster also announced that youth and adult sports leagues will be allowed to begin practicing May 30, with competitive play resuming June 15. Specific guidelines, created by the “Response” component of AccelerateSC, can be found here.

While McMaster never took action prohibiting day camps, which are popular for children during the summer months, the Department of Social Services and the Department of Health and Environmental Control established guidelines for those planning to hold camps this summer. Those guidelines can be found here.


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