Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: As of July 15, officials in South Carolina, US, maintain most previously announced COVID-19-related restrictions.

  • Alert Begins: 15 Jul 2020 02:43 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 04 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): South Carolina (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business restrictions likely

As of July 15, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has maintained previously announced restrictions as part of the state’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities have allowed most businesses and activities to operate, as long as they comply with enhanced sanitation procedures, ensure social distancing measures, and limit face-to-face interactions. Large gatherings should not have more than 250 people.

Only certain businesses, such as nightclubs, racetracks, and sport events with spectators, must remain closed. Indoor facilities, such as movie theaters and restaurants, can operate at 50 percent capacity. Since July 11, the sale of alcohol at bars and restaurants is banned after 2300.

Other businesses, including zoos, retail stores, gyms and fitness centers, personal care businesses, museums, historic buildings, amusement parks, go-kart tracks, bowling alleys, and mini-golf facilities, can open. Officials have also allowed youth and adult sports leagues to resume practices and competitions since June 15. Public beaches, piers, docks, and wharves can also open.

Essential businesses, including grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, and those in security, transport, media, and critical manufacturing, may continue their operations. Authorities encourage all residents to remain at home, limit interactions with others, and wear a facemask whenever in public.

Officials could amend the orders at short notice, depending on disease activity in the coming weeks.

Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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