SC Gov Allows Restaurants To Reopen Starting Monday

Charleston’s The State reports:

Gov. Henry McMaster announced on Friday that he will allow indoor dining at restaurants starting Monday, May 11, though each restaurant will determine whether to open its doors to customers in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The S.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association had previously pushed to have indoor dining at restaurants by May 18. The decision from the governor’s office will give restaurant owners time to order necessary products, supplies and hire staff, officials say.

Restaurants will still have rules to follow if they choose to re-open. Tables will have to be spaced at least 6 to 8 feet apart and the restaurants cannot operate beyond 50% of its legal capacity. Guidance for health checks and social distancing protocols for employees will also be issued.