Gov. McMaster issues stay at home order, 183 new virus cases in SC


COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued a mandatory “Home or Work Order” Monday requiring residents to stay home unless they are working, visiting family, recreation, or obtaining necessary goods and services.

The order goes into effect Tuesday at 5:00pm.

The governor also limited the total number of customers allowed in businesses to no more than five per 1,000 square feet or 20 percent of capacity, whichever is lower.

READ: Full Home or Work executive order

As part of the executive order, Gov. McMaster released this list of essential activities which are still allowed:

  • Caring for or visiting a family member in another Residence or transporting or travelling with a family member, provided that such activity is conducted with appropriate consideration of, and adherence to, guidance issued by state and federal public health and safety officials, to include the CDC, with regard to “social distancing.”
  • Obtaining necessary supplies and services for family or household members, such as food and supplies for household consumption and use, medical supplies or medication, supplies and equipment needed to work from home, and products needed to maintain safety, sanitation, and essential maintenance of the home or residence. Preference should be given to online ordering, home delivery, and curbside pick-up and delivery options and services wherever possible as opposed to in-store shopping.
  • Engaging in activities essential for the health and safety of family or household members, such as seeking medical, behavioral health, or emergency services.
  • Caring for pets, provided that such activity is conducted with appropriate consideration of, and adherence to, guidance issued by state and federal public health and safety officials, to include the CDC, with regard to “social distancing.”
  • Engaging in outdoor exercise or recreational activities, provided that a minimum distance of six (6) feet is maintained during such activities between all persons who are not occupants of the same Residence.
  • Attending religious services conducted in churches, synagogues, or other houses of worship.
  • Travelling as required by law, to include attending any court proceedings and transporting children as required by court order or custody agreement.

List of businesses considered non-essential and ordered to close:

  • Entertainment venues and facilities as follows:
    • Night clubs
    • Bowling alleys
    • Arcades
    • Concert venues
    • Theaters, auditoriums, and performing arts centers
    • Tourist attractions (including museums, aquariums, and planetariums)
    • Racetracks
    • Indoor children’s play areas, with the exception of licensed childcare facilities
    • Adult entertainment venues
    • Bingo halls
    • Venues operated by social clubs
  • Recreational and athletic facilities and activities as follows:
    • Fitness and exercise centers and commercial gyms
    • Spas and public or commercial swimming pools
    • Group exercise facilities, to include yoga, barre, and spin studios or facilities
    • Spectator sports
    • Sports that involve interaction in close proximity to and within less than six (6) feet of another person
    • Activities that require the use of shared sporting apparatus and equipment
    • Activities on commercial or public playground equipment
  • Close-contact service providers as follows:
    • Barber shops
    • Hair salons
    • Waxing salons
    • Threading salons
    • Nail salons and spas
    • Body-art facilities and tattoo services
    • Tanning salons
    • Massage-therapy establishments and massage services
  • Retail stores as follows:
    • Furniture and home-furnishings stores
    • Clothing, shoe, and clothing-accessory stores
    • Jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores
    • Department stores, with the exception of hardware and home-improvement stores
    • Sporting goods stores
    • Book, craft, and music stores
    • Flea markets
    • Florists and flower stores

DHEC case update

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is reporting 183 new coronavirus cases in the state bringing the total to 2,232.

DHEC is also reporting four additional coronavirus-related deaths in the state bringing the total number to 48.

SEE: List of cases by zip code in South Carolina

The four patients who died were elderly with underlying health conditions in Anderson, Spartanburg, Richland, and Horry counties, according to DHEC.

State officials say South Carolina has 5,944 hospital beds available, including: 1,092 in the Pee Dee, 1,824 in the Upstate, 1,487 in the Midlands, and 1,581 in the Lowcountry.

State officials said they estimate 3,500 virus-related hospitalizations by May.

Total cases by county:

  • Abbeville County: 6
  • Aiken County: 27
  • Allendale County: 2
  • Anderson County: 72
  • Bamberg County: 5
  • Barnwell County: 3
  • Beaufort County: 163
  • Berkeley County: 52
  • Calhoun County: 5
  • Charleston County: 300
  • Cherokee County: 4
  • Chester County: 14
  • Chesterfield County: 15
  • Clarendon County: 58
  • Colleton County: 10
  • Darlington County: 27
  • Dillon County: 1
  • Dorchester County: 52
  • Edgefield County: 6
  • Fairfield County: 16
  • Florence County: 39
  • Georgetown County: 21
  • Greenville County: 204
  • Greenwood County: 11
  • Hampton County: 3
  • Horry County: 76
  • Jasper County: 11
  • Kershaw County: 152
  • Lancaster County: 43
  • Laurens County: 6
  • Lee County: 18
  • Lexington County: 124
  • Marion County: 4
  • Marlboro County: 6
  • McCormick County: 2
  • Newberry County: 7
  • Oconee County: 8
  • Orangeburg County: 28
  • Pickens County: 20
  • Richland County: 311
  • Saluda County: 4
  • Spartanburg County: 88
  • Sumter County: 90
  • Union County: 12
  • Williamsburg County: 11
  • York County: 95

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