Governor McMaster Issues Executive Order

Following 21 New Cases Reported in the State

Matthew Causey
March 19, 2020 - 6:48 pm
Gov. Henry McMaster

SC Governor's Press Office

Governor Henry McMaster issued an executive order Thursday meant to keep more people at home and minimize the spread of COVID-19.

This new order requires all non-essential state employees to stay home from work and leaves the state agency heads in charge of determining who this means will be staying home.

Public universities and colleges will also be affected by this and will have to decide which employees are important in order for students to be able to finish their semesters online.

Law enforcement has also been ordered to “vigorously enforce the law”. McMaster said he ordered this to help prevent looting, violence, and other criminal activity during this state of emergency.

“I want to ensure the people in the state that law enforcement is on duty,” McMaster said, “and working to keep people from being harmed,” McMaster said.

McMaster also asked that all hospitals and overnight medical facilities limit visitations with patients to end of life situations.

This new order followed 21 more cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in the State of South Carolina.

Four of those cases were reported in Greenville County, bringing the total cases in the state up to seven. Close to half of the total cases in the state are still reported in Kershaw County.

The Governor also waived Department of Employment and Workforce regulations to allow unemployment claims to be expedited by at least one week.

Additionally, unemployment insurance payments are suspended for employers until June 1st.

The executive order goes into effect starting Friday, March 20th.

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