The Governor of South Carolina has announced that all restaurants in his state will now be allowed to reopen their inside dining rooms to all guests.
Governor Henry McMaster made the announcement this past Friday, calling it ‘Phase 2’, where he will allow restaurants and close-contact businesses to reopen with the following restrictions:
- Only allow 50% of posted occupancy inside, as determined by fire marshals
- Tables should be spaced 6-8 feet apart
- Additional cleaning and sanitizing guidelines for equipment, tables, chairs, etc.
- Additional guidance for health checks for all employees
- Social distancing guidance for employees and customers, including recommended
“As we gradually and methodically lift restrictions aimed at combating the coronavirus, it is incumbent upon South Carolinians to follow to the guidance and recommendations provided by our public health experts to keep themselves and their loved ones safe,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “This virus still presents a serious threat to South Carolinians, but I have faith in the people of our state and their ability to act responsibly and in the best interest of the communities they live in.”
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— SC Governor Press (@scgovernorpress) May 8, 2020
Many South Carolina restaurants have chosen to keep their dining rooms closed for an undetermined time even though it is now legal to open them:
Some have announced opening dates starting next week.
and still others have announced that they will be officially reopening their inside dining starting this week.
All Eggs Up Grill locations around South Carolina (including Rock Hill) will be opening their dining rooms today.
The Pump House in Rock Hill will be opening their dining room on Wednesday at 4pm:
The governor also noted that he will allow the reopening of “close-contact businesses” today, including on Monday hair salons, barbershops, gyms and similar places.
What do you think about the decision?