Gov. McMaster Issues ‘Stay At Home’ Order

Governor Henry McMaster has ordered all residents of the state to remain at home except for visits with family members or essential outings to help slow the spread of the coronavirus in a press briefing on Monday. The order will go into effect Tuesday, April 7th at 5 pm.

After increasing pressure from public health officials over the COVID-19 pandemic, McMaster has finally issued the stay-at-home order. South Carolina had been one of only nine U.S. states that had not yet announced a formal “stay at home” orders during the COVID-19 outbreak while local orders had already been in place in some parts of the state.

Governor Henry McMaster has ordered the mandatory order because too many people are not complying with social distancing recommendations. All South Carolinians are now ordered to remain at home or work unless visiting family, exercising, or obtaining essential goods or services. Any violation could result in a misdemeanor charge, including 30 days in jail and/or a $100 fine for each day of violation.

A total of 2,232 cases of COVID-19 and 48 deaths have been confirmed in South Carolina, as of April 6, according to the state department of health.

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