McMaster Releases Boating Restrictions

And Restaurants in Next Stage of Reopening

Matthew Causey
May 08, 2020 - 5:04 pm
Gov. Henry McMaster

SC Governor's Press Office

At a press conference Friday afternoon, Governor McMaster lifted most boating restrictions and announced that restaurants will be moving to the next stage of reopening.

Even with these boating restrictions, the order allowing police to break up groups of three or more that could pose a risk of spreading infection still applies.

“As we gradually and methodically lift restrictions aimed at combating the coronavirus, it is incumbent upon South Carolinians to follow to the guidance and recommendations provided by our public health experts to keep themselves and their loved ones safe,” said Governor McMaster. “This virus still presents a serious threat to South Carolinians, but I have faith in the people of our state and their ability to act responsibly and in the best interest of the communities they live in.”

McMaster also announced that restaurants on Monday will move to the second stage of reopening.

The first stage was outdoor service, and this second stage of reopening will allow restaurants in the state to serve up to 50% occupancy.

CDC recommendations for social distancing will still apply though, requiring tables to keep customers at least six feet apart and limit tables to a maximum of eight well-spaced people.

The plans for these stages of reopening were drafted by the accelerateSC task force.

“We are trying to the best we can to see that the people of South Carolina suffer as little as possible,” McMaster said. “And that means that we must get back to work – get back to this prosperity that has been ours – and must do so quickly, but must do so safely.”

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