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South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster took steps to reopen the state’s beaches and businesses this week, announcing on Monday that he will allow public beaches, docks, piers and ramps to open. Additionally, McMaster modified existing executive orders to allow some nonessential businesses to reopen, including department stores, florists, furniture stores, book stores, and also churches. All businesses that have reopened must enforce strict social distancing measures, both for staff and customers.
At this time, South Carolina schools are still closed indefinitely. McMaster also lifted restrictions on restaurants, allowing outdoor dining services with social distancing guidelines. Restaurants opening back up will need to space tables for outdoor seating at least eight feet apart, and seat no more than eight people per table. Additionally, all tables, chairs and seats must be sanitized after every customer is finished using them, and social and physical distancing guidelines should be followed by staff.