SC Governor Henry McMaster announced Friday phase two of the AccelerateSC plan, reopening dine-in services in South Carolina. He announced that restaurants will be allowed to have indoor dining with restrictions beginning Monday, May 11.
Restaurants will only allow 50 percent of customers of posted occupancy issued by fire marshals. Other guidelines state that restaurant chairs, tables and other equipment will be sanitized, tables will be spread 6-8 feet apart, with no more than eight customers at a table at a time, and social distancing will be enforced by employees and customers.
Gov. Henry McMaster: Restaurants Are Able to Open for Limited Dine-in Services Monday, May 11 | Governor Also Lifts Boating Restrictions Statewide, Effective Immediately https://t.co/tYl1b75Jga— SC Governor Press (@scgovernorpress) May 8, 2020
Last week, phase one of AccelerateSC was given the green light to reopen outdoor services for restaurants including curbside service and delivery. The reopening of indoor dining will take effect at noon.
Even though the order is given, McMaster said the restaurants don’t have to open indoor dining.
“Those that want to can open,” he said. “That restriction has been lifted, but every manager will have to make bad decisions based on their customers, staff, and the safety of their staff. Whether they feel comfortable opening up or not Monday will be up to them.”
He also lifted all remaining restrictions on boating in the state that were imposed for SC waterways, involving beaching of boats on sandbars, riverbanks, etc.
“Social distancing is still recommended and we urge the people of SC to use common sense,” McMAster said.
As for other businesses, McMaster plans to make a statement about the reopening of barbershops, salons and spas on Monday.