McMaster suspends short term rentals from ‘hot spots’, adds new business closures in SC

South Carolina News

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSAV) — Gov. Henry McMaster announced two new orders for South Carolina Friday, stopping short of making the state shelter in place.

Effective immediately, short term rentals will be suspended, including hotels, motels and home rentals to those visiting from COVID-19 “hot spots.”

“Exceptions include military, medical, first responders and commercial transportation,” McMaster’s order states.

And effective Monday evening at 5 p.m., additional nonessential businesses must close. This includes furniture shops and clothing, shoe and sporting good stores but does not impact home improvement or firearm businesses.

Take a look at the full list:

Entertainment venues and facilities

  • Night clubs
  • Bowling alleys
  • Arcades
  • Concert venues
  • Theaters, auditoriums and performing arts centers
  • Tourist attractions (including museums, aquariums and planetariums)
  • Racetracks
  • Indoor children’s play areas
  • Adult entertainment venues
  • Bingo halls
  • Venues operated by social clubs

Recreational and athletic facilities and activities

  • Fitness and exercise centers and commercial gyms
  • Spas and public or commercial swimming pools
  • Group exercise facilities (including yoga, barre and spin studios or facilities)
  • Spectator sports
  • Sports that involve interaction with another person in close proximity and within less than six (6) feet of another person
  • Activities that require the use of shared sporting apparatus and equipment
  • Activities on commercial or public playground equipment

Close-contact service providers

  • Barber shops
  • Hair salons
  • Waxing salons
  • Threading salons
  • Nail salons and spas
  • Body-art facilities and tattoo services
  • Tanning salons
  • Massage-therapy establishments and massage service

Retail stores

  • Furniture stores
  • Home furnishing stores
  • Clothing
  • Shoe and clothing accessory stores
  • Jewelry stores
  • Luggage and leather goods stores
  • Department stores
  • Florists
  • Sporting goods stores
  • Book stores
  • Craft and music stores

“We are taking a deliberate, planned, steady approach,” the governor said, adding, “We will go as far as we need to or is advised.”

According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) on Thursday, COVID-19 has been reported in each of the state’s counties.

As of Friday afternoon, there are 1,700 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 34 deaths in the state.

“If we all take seriously our individual obligations to help prevent spread of the disease, we have the potential to save lives,” Dr. Michael Kacka, DHEC medical consultant. “Our sympathies are with the friends and family of these three individuals, and with all the loved ones who’ve lost someone to this disease.”

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