COVID-19 | Update #21

The Governor of South Carolina held a press conference today, Friday May 1, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. to discuss and issue amendments to the Mandatory Stay at Home Order and to discuss further measures for opening restaurants and short-term rentals in South Carolina.

The Governor announced the following actions:

  • Effective Immediately
    • No restrictions on short term rentals, hotel accommodations or other overnight accommodations.
    • Visitors coming from out of state are no longer required to self-quarantine.
  • Starting on Monday, May 4, 2020
    • Mandatory Stay at Home order becomes a Voluntary Stay at Home order
    • Restaurants will be able to offer outside dining on site in addition to take out orders, as long as they are following the guidelines developed by the South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association:
      • Existing approved outdoor seating areas:
        • Tables are to be spaced a minimum of 8 feet from each other (measured from all edges of the table)
        • Limit table groups to 8 individuals
        • Eliminate gatherings in the building when entering or exiting outdoor seating area
        • Maintain strict social/physical distancing guidelines
        • Tables, chairs, and seats should be sanitized after every customer
      • If open areas and/or temporary tents are utilized by existing, permitted restaurants, all sides of the tent must be open, and the following conditions are required:
        • Tables are to be spaced a minimum of 8 feet from each other (measured from all edges of the table)
        • Table groups are to be limited to 8 individuals
        • State approved fire extinguisher within 75 feet of tent area
        • Minimum of 7-foot-6 inch head room (ceiling height)

City Council will hold an emergency meeting on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. The virtual meeting will be available via live-stream on our YouTube channel at