Governor Henry McMaster announced on Friday his executive order, which he called “the last call”.
The executive order prohibits the sale of alcohol at restaurants and bars after 11 pm. It went into effect Saturday night at 11 pm.
The order was created to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 between young adults in South Carolina.
Governor Henry McMaster said, “We know that young adults who are rapidly contracting the virus and spreading it into our communities frequently congregate in late-night atmospheres which simply are not conducive to stopping its continued transmission.”
“This measured, carefully tailored approach will lessen the opportunity for South Carolinians to put themselves and their loved ones in harm’s way,” said McMaster.
“We hope that this will help all of us, particularly the younger generations, to realize just how serious this virus is and how much is at stake if we don’t see these infection rates start dropping,” McMaster added.
It must be noted that the order does not apply to alcohol sold at convenience or grocery stores, wine and liquor stores, or retail business.
The order applies to any holder of the following licenses: On-Premises Beer and Wine Permit, Winery Permit, Brewpub Beer/Wine Permit, Brewery Permit, Business Liquor by the Drink License, Non-Profit Private Club Liquor by the Drink License, Special Event Permit, or Special Non-Profit Event Permit.
Bars and restaurants that violate the order can lose their liquor licenses, McMaster said.