CHARLESTON, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster issued a new state of emergency in the state of South Carolina.
— SC Governor Press (@scgovernorpress) April 12, 2020
The governor first issued a state of emergency in March, addressing the cases in Kershaw and Lancaster counties which were among the first areas in the state in which there was evidence of community spread of the virus.
Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency throughout the state to enhance the state’s response to the COVID-19 virus’ impact on the South Carolina.
Citing the fact that Kershaw and Lancaster counties are the only areas in the state in which there is evidence of community spread of the virus, Governor McMaster’s order will also direct that schools in those counties will be closed for a period of 14 days. Additionally, the governor order will direct the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to consult with the state’s Superintendent of Education and local school district leadership to provide guidance on if and when remaining school districts should decide to close schools and for what period of time.
Additional actions to be included in the governor’s executive order:
All state government offices shall remain open for operation during their normal business hour
Visitation at state and local correctional facilities in all 46 counties shall be suspended immediately
DHEC shall immediately restrict visitation to nursing homes and assisted living facilities with the exception of end of life situations
State price gouging laws shall go into effect immediately
The State Emergency Management Plan shall be activated
The governor’s previous order was set to expire on April 12. The new executive order will remain in place until at least April 27. It will maintain all previous orders such as closing dining room restaurants, closing “non-essential businesses,”and closing some public facilities.
You can read the order in its entirety here.
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