Gov. Henry McMaster issuing 'work or home' order starting Tuesday

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Monday, April 6, 2020

(Source: Live 5 News)

COLUMBIA, SC (WRDW/WAGT) -- Looking to stop the rate of non-compliance on many of his previous executive orders, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is issuing what he calls a "work or home" order beginning Tuesday.

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In a Monday afternoon news conference, McMaster said the non-compliance among state residents pushed him to action.

MOBILE USERS: Click here to read the executive order.

“As we have said before – when the science, data, facts, and experts determine it’s time to take action, it would be taken. It’s time,” McMaster said. “Taking this measure now will hopefully slow the future rise in infections and the virus’ toll on our state’s economy.”

The order goes in to effect on Tuesday at 5 p.m. The order will be rescinded when the state of emergency has ended.

But why isn't it called a "stay-at-home" order? McMaster argues that he's already ordered people to stay at home multiple times.

"This is a stay-at-home order," McMaster said. "You call it what you like, but it says, 'stay at home.'"

Monday at 5 p.m., a number of non-essential businesses will be forced to close under an executive order the governor made Friday. This is in addition to the first wave of non-essential businesses the governor closed last week.

What is considered a non-essential business?

The new executive order clarifies the list of what's being referred to as a "non-essential business."

1. Entertainment venues and facilities as follows:

(a) Night clubs
(b) Bowling alleys
(c) Arcades
(d) Concert venues
(e) Theaters, auditoriums, and performing arts centers
(f) Tourist attractions (including museums, aquariums, and planetariums)
(g) Racetracks
(h) Indoor children’s play areas, with the exception of licensed childcare facilities
(i) Adult entertainment venues
(j) Bingo halls
(k) Venues operated by social clubs

2. Recreational and athletic facilities and activities as follows:

(a) Fitness and exercise centers and commercial gyms
(b) Spas and public or commercial swimming pools
(c) Group exercise facilities, to include yoga, barre, and spin studios or facilities
(d) Spectator sports
(e) Sports that involve interaction in close proximity to and within less than six (6) feet of another person
(f) Activities that require the use of shared sporting apparatus and equipment
(g) Activities on commercial or public playground equipment

3. Close-contact service providers as follows:

(a) Barber shops
(b) Hair salons
(c) Waxing salons
(d) Threading salons
(e) Nail salons and spas
(f) Body-art facilities and tattoo services
(g) Tanning salons
(h) Massage-therapy establishments and massage services

4. Retail stores as follows:

(a) Furniture and home-furnishings stores
(b) Clothing, shoe, and clothing-accessory stores
(c) Jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores
(d) Department stores, with the exception of hardware and home-improvement stores
(e) Sporting goods stores
(f) Book, craft, and music stores
(g) Flea markets
(h) Florists and flower stores

What does the order say is an "essential activity"?

McMaster's order also lists several activities that are still considered "essential".

1. Caring for or visiting a family member in another Residence or transporting or travelling with a family member, provided that such activity is conducted with appropriate consideration of, and adherence to, guidance issued by state and federal public health and safety officials, to include the CDC, with regard to “social distancing.”

2. Obtaining necessary supplies and services for family or household members, such as food and supplies for household consumption and use, medical supplies or medication, supplies and equipment needed to work from home, and products needed to maintain safety, sanitation, and essential maintenance of the home or residence. Preference should be given to online ordering, home delivery, and curbside pick-up and delivery options and services wherever possible as opposed to in-store shopping.

3. Engaging in activities essential for the health and safety of family or household members, such as seeking medical, behavioral health, or emergency services.

4. Caring for pets, provided that such activity is conducted with appropriate consideration of, and adherence to, guidance issued by state and federal public health and safety officials, to include the CDC, with regard to “social distancing.”

5. Engaging in outdoor exercise or recreational activities, provided that a minimum distance of six (6) feet is maintained during such activities between all persons who are not occupants of the same Residence.

6. Attending religious services conducted in churches, synagogues, or other houses of worship.

7. Travelling as required by law, to include attending any court proceedings and transporting children as required by court order or custody agreement.

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