South Carolina Extends State of Emergency Through May 12May 1, 2020 – Alerts
On April 27, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued Executive Order 2020-29, extending the state’s “state of emergency” status and prior “stay at home” orders. Under SC law, the governor can declare a state of emergency for up to 15 days. This order marks Gov. McMaster’s fourth state of emergency order in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, and will remain in force until May 12, unless extended or earlier revoked.
“South Carolina continues to fight this deadly virus with every asset and resource available,” said Gov. McMaster. “While we are making progress, we must remain vigilant with expanding prevention and testing efforts. Our state is also facing an economic disruption and emergency the likes of which we’ve never seen, and we are working tirelessly to get our businesses back up and running and our people back to work as soon and as safely as possible.”
This order follows shortly after reports that Gov. McMaster had plans to begin reopening some non-essential businesses in SC. However, following the public rebuke Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp recently received, these plans appear to have be put on hold at least for another couple of weeks.