COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSAV) — South Carolina’s governor has issued all residents to stay at home unless going to work to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Gov. Henry McMaster said Monday that “it is time, according to the data.”
“Why is it time? Because too many people…are on the roads, too many people are on the waters, too many people are in the stores,” he said.
Effective Tuesday at 5 p.m., South Carolinians should stay at home unless going to work, visiting family or obtaining essential goods or services.
“The order will not impact any individual’s ability to exercise outdoors or go for a walk as a family, but everyone should act responsibly and practice social distancing and proper personal hygiene,” the governor’s office stated.
McMaster has also ordered that all retail businesses still in operation to limit customer activity by “only allowing five customers per 1000 square feet or 20% of their posted capacity in a store, whichever is less.”
McMaster says violating the new order is considered a misdemeanor crime punishably by up to 30 days in jail or a fine of $100 for each day of the violation.
Lowcountry Rep. Joe Cunningham said he “wish this had come sooner” but is glad to see the executive action being taken.
Meanwhile, 183 new cases have been announced in the state bringing the total to 2,232 with 48 deaths.