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5/8/2020 State News
Governor McMaster Allows Restaurants to Resume Limited Dine-In Service

On Friday, May 8, 2020, SC Governor Henry McMaster announced he’s lifting additional restrictions, including allowing restaurants to resume some dine-in service, effective at 12:01 AM on Monday, May 11, 2020.

For restaurants seeking to begin limited dine-in service, Governor McMaster released the following guidelines, provided by the SC Restaurant and Lodging Association (SCRLA):
    • Only allow 50% of posted occupancy inside, as determined by fire marshals
    • Tables should have space 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

In addition, Governor McMaster lifted all boating restrictions, as defined by Executive Order 2020-25, effective immediately. All laws and regulations concerning the safe operation of boats in South Carolina will now return to normal. He stressed that law enforcement can still cite, arrest, or disperse any groups of three or more individuals posing a threat to public health or public safety.

Finally, the Governor announced that he plans to decide on opening some close-contact businesses like barbershops, salons, and gyms as early as Monday of next week.