Gov. Henry McMaster curved restrictions on the South Carolina's tourist attractions on Wednesday, allowing these amusements to reopen under new guidelines in time for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.
At Tuesday's AccelerateSC meeting, Duane Parrish, Director of South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, recommenced that attractions reopen this weekend as a outlet for people looking to have a good time this weekend.
McMaster called it a "good suggestion" and announced his decision Wednesday because "we can't keep things close forever" in our state.
"This was the time to remove those restrictions," he said at Wednesday's press briefing.
These include but not limited to:
- Historic buildings and sites
- Amusement park rides
- Go-Kart tracks
- Bingo facilities
- Miniature golf facilities
This does not include movie theaters, night clubs, bowling alleys, large spectator sports as he is waiting for guidelines to be established of those businesses. It also does not include Carowinds, the amusement park that sits on the South Carolina and North Carolina border.
McMaster also announced youth and adult sports leagues may begin practicing on May 30, with competitive play resuming on June 15.
With the opening of these places, state leaders are hoping that to divert attention and “spread out” crowds at the beaches citing last weekend.
Despite the reopening, state health officials stressed that South Carolininas must practice safe behavior to limit the spread. State epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell urge people to avoid large crowds, practice social distancing and wear masks as she expressed concern that a majority of people were not following safety guidelines.
Over the weekend, people flocked to beaches and tourist destinations in Myrtle Beach to soak in the warm weather as they had limited options. Now, with so many attractions being available to the public, they hope to lessen crowds and crimes along the beach.