Coronavirus in South Carolina: Closure of New Non-Essential Businesses


In continuation of Governor Henry McMaster’s decision to close all non-essential businesses in South Carolina due to the coronavirus pandemic, several other stores have been added to the original list.

All new businesses must close their doors to customers before 5 p.m. Monday.

Other businesses that are temporarily closed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 include furniture stores, furniture stores, clothing stores, shoe and clothing accessories stores, jewelry stores, luggage stores, and leather goods, department stores, florists, sporting goods stores. , bookstores, in addition to craft and music stores, according to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.

McMaster placed its first order for non-core businesses on March 31 and the thousands of stores that were listed had to be closed on April 1.

The order is temporary and should last 15 days.

As was the case with the governor’s original order, businesses are still allowed to “provide other means of purchasing or delivering goods or services,” according to EMD.

This may include purchasing, pickup or curbside delivery; and home or off-site delivery, as long as companies meet strict social distancing mandates.

According to EMD, national and federal public health guidelines and the advice of security officials should also be followed.

Among the businesses that were in the original McMaster order were gymnasiums, spas, nightclubs, hair salons, hair salons, tattoo parlors, waxing salons, massage centers, fitness centers , bowling alleys, arcades, racetracks, children’s play areas, theaters, planetariums, museums, tourist attractions and performing arts centers.

“We reduced it to where we thought we could have the greatest impact and with the least disruption,” McMaster said on March 31. “We know that there are disturbances for many people, but we think that in our approach, which is to aggressively maximize efforts against the disease while trying to avoid all dislocations, except the necessary ones, is the right path to follow. “

The decree does not apply to grocery stores, pharmacies, pharmacies and other businesses deemed essential. Orders for takeout from restaurants and window orders from fast food restaurants will always be permitted. Big box stores such as Walmart and Target, which sell groceries and medicines, will also be allowed to stay open, as will banks and gas stations.


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Two Charleston companies were named after violating the governor’s order. They included a gym and lounge where patrons sneak in through the back door, Charleston police said.

South Carolina has not issued a stay order like many other states, or one that several other elected leaders have requested. McMaster says it’s because he wants to keep people’s lives as small as possible.

Cities in the state – including Columbia, Charleston and Mount Pleasant – have issued residence orders.

In addition to South Carolina, the other states currently without a residence order are Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. .

On Sunday, 132 new cases of coronavirus were reported in South Carolina, bringing the state total to 2,049 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 46 counties, according to DHEC.

DHEC also announced that four other people died after being tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing this total to 44 in one month. State health officials have described 42 of the elderly, two middle-aged patients and all but four of them having underlying health conditions.

There were 18,976 negative tests combined at the DHEC public health laboratory and in private laboratories.

According to the CDC, symptoms of coronavirus may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Warning signs of COVID-19 include difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest and bluish lips or face, the CDC said.

The best way to prevent infection is to wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds; avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth; avoid contact with sick people and clean frequently touched objects with a cleaning spray or wipe, according to the CDC. DHEC also recommends covering your cough, staying at home in case of illness and throwing away tissues and other items in which you sneeze or cough.

All residents of South Carolina can also access free online screenings at

Prisma Health also offers free access to medical professionals for those who think they may have a coronavirus, the state reported. People with COVID-19 symptoms can go to and schedule a free online visit, said Prisma officials.

As of Monday morning, 1,280,046 people worldwide have been diagnosed with coronavirus and 70,356 people have died, while 270,098 have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States leads the world with 337,933 people who have been diagnosed with the new virus. In the United States, 9,653 deaths have been reported, including 3,048 in New York, according to Johns Hopkins.