Gov. McMaster orders closure of all non-essential businesses in South Carolina

Gov. McMaster orders closure of all non-essential businesses in South Carolina

By Ray Rivera | March 31, 2020 at 1:24 PM EDT – Updated March 31 at 10:23 PM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered the closure of all non-essential business in South Carolina in order to combat the spread of COVID-19.

McMaster said the executive order will go into place on April 1. The businesses that will be closed as a result of the governor’s executive order are as follows:

Entertainment venues and facilities as follows:


Recreational and athletic facilities and activities as follows:


Close-contact service providers as follows:


The executive order will be in effect for 15 days, however the governor said that could change if conditions change.

According to state government officials, if a business is not explicitly addressed in the governor’s executive order, the business should continue normal operations until a determination is made.

“And that’s one of the regrettable things about this is there’s going to be some dislocation,” he said.”We’re hopeful the federal authorities, and what you’ve heard the president and others announce, are going to provide some financial assistance in those areas.”

The governor said the businesses outlined in the order were those he and others felt would achieve the biggest impact with the least disruption, and described them as “close contact” businesses, venues, and activities.

McMaster said the order was done with the recommendations of experts and data, and mentioned a report by the CDC that someone with the virus might not show symptoms for up to 48 hours.

According to the governor, the non-essential businesses in his executive order have “high contact” in sometimes “very close quarters.”

“We know it’s a disruption for a lot of people, but we think that in our approach, which is to maximize our efforts aggressively against the disease and attempting to avoid all but necessary dislocations, is the right path to follow,” he said.