Dine-in service for restaurants, bars ordered close

Published on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Dine-in service for restaurants and bars in South Carolina have been ordered to close beginning Wednesday by Gov. Henry McMaster.

“Restaurants and bars must close their dine-in service starting tomorrow, starting tomorrow morning,” McMaster said in a statement. “It is allowed and recommended that takeout, curbside delivery of food … all that be increased, enhance.”

McMaster also issued orders prohibiting public events over 50 people in publicly owned places, extending state tax deadlines for individuals and businesses to June 1 for both filing and payments and allowing the National Guard to coordinate with hospitals for mobile facilities.

The governor’s office also:

• Requested grocery stores limit customer purchases of disinfectants and paper products,

• Requested frocery stores implement “senior hours” to allow elderly, at-risk customers to shop.

• Also asked medical and surgical facilities to impose a 72-hour moratorium on elective surgeries.

• Asked insurers to pay 100 percent of the costs for coronavirus-related office visits.

• Asked all private employers to give workers the option to work remotely.

South Carolina announced its first coronavirus death Monday. A total of 47 cases across 13 counties have been confirmed as of Tuesday afternoon, by DHEC.



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