South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced today he is issuing a statewide “Stay at Home” order in response to COVID-19.
The order stipulates South Carolinians must remain at home or work unless visiting family, exercising, or obtaining essential goods or services.
The governor also issued an order restricting the number of shoppers in stores. South Carolina officials unveiled a plan to have the National Guard set up auxiliary medical units outside hospitals and reopen closed rural hospitals to help with expected surge in COVID-19 patients.
The official order was given the code name “work or home” so that residents concentrate on being at essential places.
The order does not prevent trips to supermarkets, big-box stores or hospitals.
In a press conference the governor suggested combining trips or making stops while commuting to work.
The order takes effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday.