South Carolina - COVID-19 Covered

South Carolina

Total Cases: 103,909 (August 14)
Tests Administered: 806,028 (August 12)
Fatalities: 2,184 (August 14)
  • You can find your closest South Carolina COVID-19 testing site here. found here. 


Essential Service Designations:

  • In his April 6 executive order, Governor McMaster outlines non-essential services and businesses as follows: entertainment venues and facilities, recreational and athletic facilities, close-contact service providers, and select retail stores. A full list can be found here 

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control released general reopening guidelines for businesses. (May 5) 
  • Hair salon, nail salon, and barbershop employees must wear face masks and provide them for customers who do not have their own(May 15 
  • Gym and fitness center employees will have to wear masks, but people working out will not be required to do so. (May 15) 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Members of Accelerate SC plan to use $500 million to replenish the unemployment trust fund, $250 million for hospitals and $100 million to expand broadband internet to rural areas. (May 20) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • More than 28,000 South Carolina small businesses have been approved for the second round of Paycheck Protection Program payouts. (May 4) 



  • Governor McMaster is now requiring restaurants and other establishments that attract groups of people to operate dine-in services at no more than 50 percent occupancy. Employees and patrons must wear masks or face coverings and tables must also be spaced to keep diners at least six feet apart. No more than eight customers will be allowed to sit at each table unless the customers are from the same family. Standing or congregating in the bar area of restaurant is also prohibited. (July 29) 
  • Governor McMaster announced that the sale of alcoholic beverages in all bars and restaurants throughout the state will be prohibited after 11:00PM each night. (July 10 
  • Governor McMaster declared a new state of emergency as state health officials continue to see a spike in COVID-19 cases. (June 26 
  • Competitive youth and adult sports leagues will be allowed to begin practice on May 30. Games can begin on June 15. (May 21) 
  • Governor McMaster declared that restrictions on arcades; tourist attractions such as museums, aquariums, planetariums, mini-golf and go-kart racing; indoor children’s play areas; bingo halls; and venues operated by social clubs will be partially lifted on May 22. (May 21) 
  • “Close contact” businesses are allowed to reopen to customers with restrictions in place. Close-contact businesses include barbershops, hair salons, waxing salons, threading salons, nail salons and spas, body-art facilities and tattoo services, tanning salons, massage-therapy establishments, massage services, gyms, fitness centers and group exercise facilities such as yoga studios and barre classes. Public and commercial pools can also reopen. (May 18) 
  • The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced that Beaufort County’s Shellfish Management Area can reopen. (May 8) 
  • Governor McMaster signed an executive order that authorized the reopening of public beaches. (April 21) 



  • South Carolina released its final 92-page report on the possibility of reopening schools for the 2020-21 academic year. Details can be found here. 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of South Carolina universities and colleges planning to reopen in the fall can be found here. 

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