Governor McMaster’s Emergency Orders

Updated Orders: Restaurants and bars can provide sit down dining both indoors and out at limited capacity. Food service take out, drive through, or delivery service is allowed.


Other Orders: All state government offices will remain open for operation during normal business hours. Agencies have been asked to allow some employees to work from home, but offices are open.

Visitation to nursing homes and assisted living facilities will be restricted with the exception of end-of-life situations. Visitation at state prisons and local jails has been suspended in all 46 counties.

State price gouging laws are in place.

Additional Actions: Governor McMaster has encouraged people to cancel or postpone large public gatherings of 100 or more people. Utilities will not to cancel or suspend essential services for nonpayment during the declared state of emergency.

COVID-19 Case Status, Prevention, and Treatment

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in SC: The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) is actively monitoring the number of confirmed cases in South Carolina by county. To see specific data for Beaufort, Charleston, and Colleton counties, visit the SCDHEC report on Monitoring and Testing for the most up-to-date numbers.

Recommendations to Prevent the Spread of Illness: To prevent the spread of illness, remember to follow these common-sense measures to stay safe:

  • Practice good hygiene
  • Wash your hands
  • Cover your cough
  • Those who feel sick should stay home from school and work and not attend public gatherings

If you recently traveled to a high-risk country, you should self-quarantine for 14 days. To learn more, go here.

What To Do If You Develop Symptoms: Residents who are showing symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath should call their personal doctor or healthcare provider. If you do not have a primary care physician, MUSC Health is providing free telehealth screening to all South Carolinians.

Medical facilities and doctor’s offices ask that everyone call ahead so they can make arrangements to protect others when people come in for testing. Testing for COVID-19 can be requested by any physician or through a telehealth screening, according to DHEC.

If you have fever, cough, and other symptoms, it is possible that you may have the normal flu and not the COVID19-Coronavirus. If you have symptoms, it is very important that you call your healthcare provider and avoid exposing other people when you have symptoms.

The DHEC Care Line is available to provide general information about COVID-19 by calling 1-855-472-3432 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. seven days a week.

COVID-19 Outdoor Seating Guidelines

All patio venues must:

  • Space tables at least 8 feet apart
  • Limit groups to 8 people/ party
  • Enforce a no indoor waiting or loitering policy
  • Sanitize tables and chairs after every customer
  • Adhere to strict social distancing guidelines

Tent venues must:

  • Space tables at least 8 feet apart
  • Limit groups to 8 people/ party
  • Have 7.5 feet of headroom
  • Have a fire extinguisher within 75 ft from the tent area
  • Sanitize tables and chairs after every customer
  • Adhere to strict social distancing guidelines

Other advice for outdoor seating:

  • Check local ordinances to ensure that your licenses cover the outdoor area (especially your liquor license, if applicable)
  • No self beverages or buffets
  • Indoor Restrooms are okay to use as long as they are maintained daily

Important Information for Ondividuals and Families

Important Information for Businesses

S.C. OSHA Guidance on Preparing the Workplace for Coronavirus: SC OSHA wants to ensure that all employers and employees in our state have access to important information about preparing workplaces for COVID-19 (coronavirus). Federal OSHA has published Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 to help companies respond in the event of coronavirus in the workplace. The documents provide practical guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19, and contain information on safe work practices and appropriate personal protective equipment based on the risk level of exposure. In addition, Federal OSHA launched a COVID-19 webpage. If you have questions, you may contact SC OSHA at (803) 896-7665.

S.C. DHEC Employer Guidance on Coronavirus: DHEC issued this guidance to help businesses make informed decisions related to the virus.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans: The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans, through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19. This program is designed to help the business community address financing and cash flow issues, which may exceed the underwriting requirements for local financial institutions. On March 17, Governor McMaster submitted the required request for assistance to the Small Business Administration (SBA) to make loans available in the form of SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans for eligible small businesses located in all 46 counties of the state. After approval of our state-certification by the SBA, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and South Carolina Emergency Management Division websites will have explicit instructions on how to fill out the SBA loan application. Please note this is a loan—not a grant—and will still carry underwriting requirements. If a small business is interested in obtaining an SBA loan, please contact Chuck Bundy at the South Carolina Department of Commerce at or 803-737-0440.

Department of Labor – FMLA and COVID-19: The Department of Labor issued this information bulletin for guidance on FMLA.

Filing Temporary Unemployment Claims for Your Employees: If a business owner is planning a temporary lay off related to the Coronavirus, guidance for that can be found here.

Business Interruption Insurance: Some local businesses may have business interruption insurance. There may be exclusions in the policy as to business loss from a virus. Business owners and staff can contact the SC Department of Insurance at (803) 737-6805 to request a policy review if needed.