Gov. McMaster announced at a conference on Monday a new executive order which allows the reopening of some businesses, canceling the restrictions he made previously in an attempt to fight the spread of COVID-19.
He also said beaches, public piers, docks, and wharfs may open, depending on guidance from local jurisdictions.
The following businesses are allowed reopen at 5 p.m. April 20, but must adhere to strict social distancing measures within the stores:
- Furniture and home-furnishings stores
- Clothing, shoe, and clothing-accessory stores
- Jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores
- Department stores, with the exception of hardware and home-improvement stores
- Sporting goods stores
- Book, craft, and music stores
- Flea markets
- Florists and flower stores
All other businesses previously closed by executive order will remain closed until further notice, including the Governor’s “Home or Work” order.
Gov. McMaster also announced on Monday the details of “Accelerate South Carolina,” a coordinated economic revitalization plan involving small and large business leaders, health care professionals, local government officials, and education professionals.
McMaster has repeatedly stressed his desire to reopen the state’s economy as soon as possible, noting that even though the virus continues to spread, he saw it as crucial to both manage the outbreak and shore up the economy in hopes of doing the least possible damage to South Carolina businesses.