Limited Dine-in Restaurant Service in SC Resumes May 11

Restaurants in South Carolina may resume limited dine-in service on Monday, May 11, Gov. McMaster announced at his press briefing today.

Based on advice and recommendations from the “Response” component of accelerateSC, which includes input from the South Carolina Dept. of Health and Environmental Control and the South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association (SCRLA). The restrictions on dine-in service under this directive include:

  • Restaurants must limit the number of customers to 50% of posted occupancy inside, as determined by fire marshals
  • Tables should be spaced 6-8 feet apart
  • Additional cleaning and sanitizing guidelines for equipment, tables, chairs, etc.
  • Additional guidance for health checks for all employees
  • Social distancing guidance for employees and customers, including recommended

Additionally, all boating restrictions, as defined by Executive Order 2020-25, were lifted effective immediately. “All laws and regulations concerning the safe operation of boats in South Carolina will now return to normal,” the press release said Friday.

“As we gradually and methodically lift restrictions aimed at combating the coronavirus, it is incumbent upon South Carolinians to follow to the guidance and recommendations provided by our public health experts to keep themselves and their loved ones safe,” said Gov. McMaster. “This virus still presents a serious threat to South Carolinians, but I have faith in the people of our state and their ability to act responsibly and in the best interest of the communities they live in.”

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