McMaster: Restaurants can open for limited dine-in Monday, boating restrictions lifted


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COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) – Gov. Henry McMaster announced Friday during a COVID-19 briefing that restaurants throughout the state would be allowed to reopen for limited dine-in services start Monday, May 11.

According to a news release, McMaster also announced that he would be lifting all boating restrictions effective immediately, saying that all laws and regulations concerning the safe operation of boats in the state will now return to normal.

“As we gradually and methodically lift restrictions aimed at combating the coronavirus, it is incumbent upon South Carolinians to follow to the guidance and recommendations provided by our public health experts to keep themselves and their loved ones safe,” McMaster said. “This virus still presents a serious threat to South Carolinians, but I have faith in the people of our state and their ability to act responsibly and in the best interest of the communities they live in.”

According to the release, the following are guidelines established by the governor for restaurants to following if and when they choose to open for dine-in services:

  • Only allow 50 percent of posted occupancy inside, as determined by fire marshals
  • Tables should be spaced 6 to 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.

For a full list of guidelines, click here.


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