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Non-Essential Businesses

Governor McMaster issued Executive Order No. 2020-40 pdf icon which declares a new state of emergency, allows bowling alleys to open immediately, and lifts restrictions on the occupancy of retail establishments.

Governor McMaster announced that close contact service providers, fitness and exercise centers, commercial gyms, and public or commercial pools will be able to open in a limited capacity on Monday, May 18.

Governor McMaster directed the closure of "Non-Essential" businesses with Executive Order No. 2020-17. Effective 5:00 pm on April 1, 2020, venues, facilities, services and activities for public use will close temporarily.

"Non-essential" businesses, venues, facilities, services, and activities will be closed to non-employees and will not be open for access or use by the public or shall not take place. This includes businesses where access is limited and based on membership. The list of Non-Essential Businesses as defined by the Governor is as follows:

Entertainment Venues and Facilities

  • Night clubs
  • Concert venues
  • Theaters, auditoriums and performing arts centers
  • Racetracks
  • Adult entertainment venues

Recreational and Athletic Facilities and Activities

  • Spectator sports

COVID-19 Guidance for Non-Essential Businesses

Restaurants can operate dining rooms at no more than 50% of permitted occupancy and must space tables 6-8 feet apart.

Businesses must also implement all reasonable steps to comply with sanitation guidelines of the CDC, DHEC or any other state and federal public health officials.