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Movie theaters to open, face masks to be required in government buildings

Staff Report //July 29, 2020//

Movie theaters to open, face masks to be required in government buildings

Staff Report //July 29, 2020//

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Movie theaters, sports arenas and concert venues in South Carolina will be allowed to open on Aug. 3, and face coverings will become mandatory in S.C. government buildings on Aug. 5.

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order Wednesday setting those parameters as well as making mandatory several restrictions for restaurants and other establishments that attract groups.

“These limited restrictions are temporary, they are measured, and they are targeted towards what we know works,” McMaster said. “These measures give South Carolina the best chance to slow the spread of the virus without shutting down the state’s economy.”

Large gatherings will be limited to 250 people or 50% of an establishment's occupancy, whichever is less, according to the governor's office. Masks or face coverings will be required for admission, social distancing and hygiene practices must be followed, and alcohol sales must end at 11 p.m.

Now-mandated restaurant guidelines (.pdf), established by AccelerateSC, also limit dine-in services to no more than 50% capacity and require employees and patrons to wear masks or face coverings. Tables must be spaced at least 6 feet apart, with no more than eight customers per table unless part of the same family.

Establishments that possess a state permit to sell alcohol are also subject to these restrictions, according to the governor’s office.

Other types of businesses and venues required to implement the restrictions include amphitheaters, gymnasiums and parks. Events that might exceed occupancy rules may be allowed to proceed if organizers can satisfactorily demonstrate an ability to comply with federal and state pandemic procedures and protocols, the governor’s office said.