LAST CALL: No alcohol sales in bars, restaurants past 11 p.m. in SC, per executive order
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - Making his own version of the “last call”, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has issued a new executive order prohibiting the sale of alcohol past 11 p.m.
The new order is an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19 among younger state residents.
The order goes into effect Saturday at 11 p.m.
“So we are saying emphatically, it’s time for our younger adults to behave like mature adults,” McMaster said. “This is very serious, wear your mask, keep that distance, wash your hands. Be careful.”
However, the new order does not prevent alcohol sales in convenience stores or grocery stores.
Still, McMaster and state health officials say the key to containing the virus is getting younger residents to stop spreading the virus through social interactions.
State health officials say they’ve seen a 436.5 percent increase in COVID-19 cases from people aged 21 to 30.
“Forty-two percent of all our COVID-19 cases have been reported within the past two weeks. Please think about that. Nearly half of the COVID-19 cases in the state of South Carolina have occurred in the past two weeks, and think about what those numbers are going to look like two weeks from now if we continue to observe people not wearing masks and not socially distancing,” DHEC’s Dr. Joan Duwve said.
McMaster also continued to implore residents to wear masks, but has not issued a mandate because, according to him, it cannot be enforced.
The alcohol sales executive order, however, can be enforced.
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