The governor action

COVID-19: New restrictions on restaurants, festivals, sports -- in South Carolina a virus "red zone" state.



COLUMBIA – Gov. Henry McMaster announced that all previously recommended guidelines for restaurants and other establishments that attract groups of people are now mandatory. 

The governor’s Executive Order establishing these new measures will go into effect Monday, August 3.

“These limited restrictions are temporary, they are measured, and they are targeted towards what we know works,” McMaster said July 29. “These measures give South Carolina the best chance to slow the spread of the virus without shutting down the state’s economy – which we cannot and will not do – as many continue to call for.”

Additionally, the governor continued his call for all South Carolinians to wear face coverings when appropriate, and he encouraged local governments to adopt face covering ordinances. 

The governor also ordered that face coverings must be worn in all state government buildings according to guidelines and procedures developed by the state Department of Administration, effective August 5.

These guidelines for restaurants, first established by AccelerateSC, have been strongly recommended until now. They are now mandatory and include the following:

-- Operating dine-in services at no more than 50% of the certificate of occupancy issued by the fire marshal.

-- Employees and patrons shall be required to wear masks or face coverings.

-- Tables are to be spaced to keep diners at least six feet apart.

-- No more than 8 customers per table unless from the same family.

-- Standing or congregating in bar area of restaurant is prohibited.

-- Establishments that possess a state permit to sell alcohol shall be subject to these restrictions.

Other types of businesses, facilities, venues, events or mass gatherings which are permitted to open but are required to implement AccelerateSC guidelines include the following: festivals, parades, concerts, theaters, stadiums, arenas, coliseums, auditoriums, grandstands, amphitheaters, gymnasiums, concert halls, dance, halls, performing arts centers, parks, racetracks, or similarly operated entities. These guidelines include, but are not limited to, the following:

-- Attendance may not exceed 50% of the certificate of occupancy issued by the fire marshal – or 250 persons – whichever is less.

-- Require the wearing of masks or face coverings as a condition of admission or participation

-- Enact social distancing, cleaning and hygiene practices as recommended by AccelerateSC

-- End the sale of alcohol at 11p.m.

Businesses, event organizers, and others responsible for events that may exceed the occupancy rules may receive clarification allowing the event to proceed if they can satisfactorily demonstrate an ability to comply with federal and state COVID-19 procedures and protocols to the Department of Commerce.



NEW: 48 Additional Deaths Thursday; SC Recovery Rate 90%.


COVID-19 Snapshot  (Totals as of July 31 morning)


Clinton has 467 Coronavirus-COVID-19 cases - projected for 3,336 --- Laurens County: 20 new cases on July 30 -- IN SC: 3,977, aggregate number of COVID-19 positive healthcare workers.


205 COVID cases at Whitten Center, per SC DHEC; 8 deaths; 54 recoveries (according to a nurse at the facility).


Median Age for cases: 39 years old; South Carolina's recovery rate is 90%.


Deaths Projection, South Carolina: 3,186 by Nov. 1, 2020; if masks were worn by everyone, projected 1,871 deaths in the same timeframe (source: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation) -- 69 Confirmed COVID-19 Deaths in South Carolina on July 16, it's the highest one-day total since the virus struck SC in mid-March. There were 56 additional deaths reported on July 21, and 52 additional deaths reported on July 28.

In the 21-30 age range there are 21% of the state's infections - 11% in the 11-20 age range. 


School starts back in Clinton on Sept. 8. The Presbyterian College website says classes start Aug. 17.


Laurens County cases: 1,173; Deaths: 34 - at least 9 in Clinton; Projected cases: 8,379.


South Carolina cases: 87,117; Deaths: 1,600, 52% of which are among blacks; there 5 confirmed cases of MIS-C (multisystem inflammatory syndrome) in children, all under age 10; 2 children have died in Chester and Greenville Counties.


Hardest hit county: Charleston, 11,245 confirmed cases; projected for 80,321. State's Recovery Rate: 90%.


United States cases: 4,635,226; Deaths: 1555,306; Recovered: 2,285,613; US Rate: 94% recovered/discharged.


Worldwide cases: 17,513,679; Deaths: 667,566; Recovered: 10,967,741; World Rate: 94% recovered/discharged.


Figures: SC Department of Health & Environmental Control, and




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