SC Governor Reopens Beaches, Retail Stores Across the State

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is reopening all state beaches and many types of retail stores that had been closed, but the reopening will come with some restrictions. 

McMaster spoke Monday at the state's emergency operation center. The governor issued two new executive orders to put in place the relaxed rules:

Retail stores reopened:

The stores rules went into effect at5 p.m. Monday.It effects the following types of businesses:

  • 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 

Businesses must still practice social distancing, and must allow only 20 percent of their occupancy, or 5 customers for every 1,000 square feet, whichever is less.

Beach Rules Relaxed 

The beaches changes go into effect at 12 p.m. Tuesday. It lifts the state restrictions on beach closings, but allows local governments to make their own decisions about reopening. Some cities had already said before the governor's briefing they would still keep restrictions.

Law enforcement can still break up groups of three or more that may be a safety threat on beaches.

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