Gov. McMaster formally issues new emergency declaration for SC in response to COVID-19

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South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster speaks with reporters after the first meeting of accelerateSC, his advisory group about reopening the state economy, on Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster declared a new state of emergency for South Carolina Monday afternoon as a continuation of the state’s response to COVID-19.

Monday’s declaration is the fourth issued by McMaster in response to the challenges brought on by COVID-19 and extends the circumstances allowing McMaster to issue executive orders to contain the virus.

The new declaration extends all existing executive orders issued by McMaster that have not been rescinded. Emergency declaration orders must be renewed every 15 days.

Last week, McMaster allowed some businesses previously deemed nonessential — department stores, flea markets, florists, bookstores and music shops — to reopen their doors.

An official stay-at-home order remains in place.

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