Warning Alert

Authorities in South Carolina, US, ease some COVID-related business restrictions as of early October. Other restrictions remain in place. 

Alert Begins 05 Oct 2020 04:17 PM UTC
Alert Expires 05 Nov 2020 11:59 PM UTC


  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): South Carolina
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Some lingering business disruptions


As of early October, authorities in South Carolina have eased certain business restrictions as part of their coronavirus (COVID-19)-related economic recovery plan. The 50-percent operating capacity limit that had been imposed on restaurants has been lifted statewide, enabling these establishments to function at full capacity. Social distancing measures are strongly encouraged but are no longer required. Employees and customers are required to wear facemasks, and alcohol may not be sold after 2300.

Other restrictions remain unchanged. All businesses are allowed to operate. Festivals, concerts, stadiums, and other event venues may operate with up to 250 attendees or 50 percent of the venue's capacity, whichever is less. All attendees must wear protective facemasks. Essential businesses, including grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, and those in security, transport, media, and critical manufacturing, have not been subject to mandatory COVID-19-related closures. Authorities encourage all residents to remain at home, limit interactions with others, and wear protective facemasks whenever in public.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.


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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