McMaster extends state of emergency for COVID-19 into 2021

South Carolina News

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, right, speaks during a COVID-19 briefing as state epidemiologist Linda Bell, left, looks on. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has extended a state of emergency for the coronavirus pandemic for another 15 days, stretching into the new year.

McMaster issued the order as he fights mild symptoms from COVID-19.

The governor has issued about 20 orders to extend the state of emergency in half-month increments since March. McMaster has lifted most other restrictions on businesses and gatherings since the spring and has said he will not implement a statewide mask order.

Some state lawmakers want to curb the governor’s power to issue the orders. Senators have proposed a handful of bills for the upcoming January session that would let the legislature have final say over the state of emergency.

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