South Carolina restaurants allowed to open for limited dine-in services starting May 11

Published: May. 8, 2020 at 11:45 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WBTV) - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster says that restaurants throughout the state will be allowed to reopen for limited dine-in services beginning on Monday, May 11.

Additionally, Governor McMaster announced that he has lifted all boating restrictions effective immediately. All laws and regulations concerning the safe operation of boats in South Carolina will now return to normal.

McMaster has established guidelines for restaurants to follow if and when they choose to open for dine-in services. Those guidelines include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Only allow 50% of posted occupancy inside, as determined by fire marshals
  • Tables should be spaced 6-8 feet apart
  • Additional cleaning and sanitizing guidelines for equipment, tables, chairs, etc.
  • Additional guidance for health checks for all employees
  • Social distancing guidance for employees and customers, including recommended

McMaster lifted the state’s mandatory ‘home or work’ order Monday. That was also the day he began allowing outdoor dining at restaurants across the state.

McMaster and health officials introduced an extensive plan to increase testing in the state, especially for those at higher risk for developing severe complications from the virus. The goal is to test 2 percent of the population or 110,000 South Carolinians per month.

Health officials announced that they will test residents and staff members at every nursing home in the state for COVID-19.

As of Thursday, a total of 7,367 people had tested positive for the coronavirus in South Carolina since the start of the outbreak. Of those, 320 have died.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) estimates that of those who have not died, about 81% of people who tested positive have recovered at this point.

That would be more than 5,500 people who have recovered.

Health officials Monday released new graphs showing trends in reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 during the last 28- and 14-days, respectively.

The projections currently indicate that South Carolina may see almost 1,000 new cases per week by mid-May. The total number of cases is estimated to grow to 9,652 confirmed cases on May 23.

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