Closure of Nonessential Businesses in South Carolina Starts April 1st

Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered all nonessential businesses in South Carolina to close down temporarily beginning April 1st in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 infections at a press conference just after 4 p.m. Tuesday.

South Carolina has joined the list of growing number of states that have ordered the closure of nonessential businesses amid COVID-19 outbreak.

“There are a lot of things that towns and municipalities can do in that area to try to spread the knowledge about social distancing,” McMaster said, specifically addressing Greenville’s ordinance, “and they’re within their limits to make certain ordinances.”

What it means for businesses in the state

Technically, it’s up to cities and states to decide what is essential and nonessential. McMaster said the nonessential list are those where the virus has a stronger place to grow due to close contact between individuals, while not being as essential as other businesses.

The nonessential businesses have been separated into three categories: entertainment venues; athletic facilities and activities; and close contact service providers.

Here’s the full list outlined by McMaster that will be forced to close under the emergency order.

  • Entertainment venues and facilities:
    • Night clubs
    • Bowling alleys
    • Arcades
    • Concert venues
    • Theaters, auditoriums, and performing arts centers
    • Tourist attractions (including museums, aquariums, and planetariums)
    • Racetracks
    • Indoor children’s play areas (excluding daycare facilities)
    • Adult entertainment venues
    • Bingo halls
    • Venues operated by social clubs
  • Recreational and athletic facilities and activities:
    • Fitness and exercise centers and commercial gyms
    • Spas and public or commercial swimming pools
    • Group exercise facilities, to include yoga, barre, and spin studios or facilities
    • Spectator sports
    • Sports that involve interaction with another person in close proximity and within less than six (6) feet of another person
    • Activities that require the use of shared sporting apparatus and equipment
    • Activities on commercial or public playground equipment 
  • Close-contact service providers:
    • Barber shops
    • Hair salons
    • Waxing salons
    • Threading salons
    • Nail salons and spas
    • Body-art facilities and tattoo services
    • Tanning salons
    • Massage-therapy establishments and massage services

The executive order will effect for 15 days.

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