Governor allows S.C. restaurants to resume limited dine-in service starting May 11

Governor allows S.C. restaurants to resume limited dine-in service starting May 11
People outdoor dine at Rivertown Bistro on Third Avenue in downtown Conway. (Source: WMBF News)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) – Gov. Henry McMaster announced Friday that restaurants throughout South Carolina will be allowed to reopen for limited dine-in services beginning on Monday, May 11.

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

The announcement comes a week after McMaster allowed for outdoor dining to resume at restaurants across the state on May 4.

Additionally, McMaster announced that he has lifted all boating restrictions, as defined by Executive Order 2020-25, effective immediately. All laws and regulations concerning the safe operation of boats in South Carolina 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,” said McMaster. “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.”

The governor’s announcement follows two weeks of meetings of accelerateSC – a group created by the governor to develop a coordinated economic revitalization plan which includes healthcare professionals, representatives from large and small businesses, local government officials, and education professionals.

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