Close-contact Businesses, Pools, And Gyms Can Open Monday, May 18 in South Carolina

Gov. McMaster announced Monday that close-contact businesses, fitness centers, commercial gyms, and commercial or public pools will be open on Monday, May 18.

South Carolina closed down non-essential businesses since early April in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The state is now rolling back restrictions on businesses and allowing them to reopen but with safety guidelines.

Today in a press conference, Gov. McMaster said close-contact businesses and facilities can open next week. The governor’s announcement came the same day restaurants in the state are able to provide limited dine-in service.

Close contact businesses include barbershops, hair salons, waxing salons, threading salons, nail salons and spas, body-art facilities and tattoo services, tanning salons, massage-therapy establishments, and massage services. Commercial gyms will include group exercise facilities such as yoga studios, barre classes, and others. Other facilities include public or commercial pools.

“With our increased capacity for testing the people of our state, it is time to responsibly and gradually get these small businesses back up and running,” said McMaster. “We have an opportunity to set an example for the rest of the world by reinvigorating our economy while staying safe, but we can only do that if South Carolinians continue to follow the advice and recommendations of our public health experts.”

The “Response” component of AccelerateSC has developed general guidelines for close contact service providers, along with specific guidelines for cosmetology establishmentsgyms and fitness centers, and public or commercial pools.

These guidelines include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Guidance on social distancing within businesses, including recommended capacity requirements
  • Additional cleaning and sanitizing guidelines for equipment, tables, chairs, etc.
  • Additional guidance on health checks for employees
  • Additional guidance on training for employees
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