Governor creating headaches with special waivers, Columbia mayor says

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South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster speaks, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, at U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan’s Faith and Freedom BBQ fundraiser in Anderson, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The mayor of South Carolina’s capital city says he’s pursuing an open-records request so his officers know which businesses are allowed to remain open under Gov. Henry McMaster’s stay-at-home order during the coronavirus outbreak, and which must be shuttered.

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin told The Associated Press on Friday that he was filing a Freedom of Information request for the records, which he said his office has been seeking for several days, so officers know when a business is out of compliance with closure directives.

The governor’s office didn’t immediately comment on the request.

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