COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is requesting all out-of-state visitors to the state self-quarantine for two weeks immediately upon arrival if they’re planning a stay of two or more nights.
McMaster tweeted the request - his latest in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus - just before 2 p.m. Wednesday.
“After hearing concerns from quite a few coastal elected officials, the governor has simply requested that individuals visiting South Carolina act responsibly and quarantine themselves for a period of 14 days to ensure that they aren’t unknowingly spreading the virus,” said Brian Symmes, spokesperson for the governor’s office.
Symmes added the governor is asking that people who will be here for less than two weeks to self-quarantine while they are in the state. At this point, it is simply a request, he said.
Myrtle Beach spokesperson Mark Kruea said that while the tweet might be a little confusing, the overall message should have visitors thinking before they travel to the Palmetto State.
“Obviously if you come for two days and need to quarantine for 14 that should send a message to you, maybe travel isn’t the best idea in the world if I’m coming from one of these high infection states such as New York at this point,” said Kruea.
So what does this mean if you were only planning to spend three or four days, do you have to stay in South Carolina and self-quarantine?
The governor’s office said, “Of course not.”
Ezaperez Basket flew home to her family in New Jersey and will eventually return to Myrtle Beach, where passengers arriving from heavily impacted areas are undergoing temperature screenings.
“I was a little concerned about it at first but I’d be totally fine just quarantining myself,” said Basket.
The Governor’s office said there are no plans to monitor or enforce these plans as McMaster’s tweet was only a request not in order.
“Before you travel specifically to South Carolina we want you to be thinking about those steps you should be taking to make sure you’re safe and we are safe,” said Kruea.
Horry County did not want to comment on the governor’s tweet but said they are supporting his decisions during this uncertain time.
Two Upstate lawmakers are asking McMaster to issue a “stay at home” order for South Carolinians now that the novel coronavirus has reached the “acceleration stage.”