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SC Gov. Henry McMaster issues executive order closing down certain businesses in state to combat COVID-19

Two Upstate lawmakers sent a letter to Gov. Henry McMaster asking him to issue a "stay...
Two Upstate lawmakers sent a letter to Gov. Henry McMaster asking him to issue a "stay at home" order Tuesday. (Source: Live 5)(WRDW)
Published: Mar. 31, 2020 at 1:12 PM EDT
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

COLUMBIA, SC (WRDW/WAGT) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has issued a new executive order closing down certain "non-essential" businesses as the state continues to grapple with the coronavirus.

In the latest order, effective April 1 until April 15, McMaster is closing nightclubs, bowling alleys, arcades, concert venues, theaters, auditoriums, tourist attractions, racetracks, indoor children’s play area -- not daycares -- adult entertainment, bingo halls, athletic facilities, places with public playground equipment, barbershops, hair salons, threading salons, nail salons, spas, tattoo parlors, tanning salons, and massage services.

The move is the next arrow in McMaster’s quiver in the fight against COVID-19.

South Carolina now has just over 1,000 cases and 18 deaths in the state.

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