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The Governor Lifts Occupancy Restrictions at Restaurants

As of today, restaurants will no longer be required to operate at 50% capacity.

Gov. Henry McMaster issued Executive Order 2020-63 Friday afternoon. The measure, which is effective immediately, removes all occupancy limitations in restaurants throughout South Carolina. Previously, South Carolina’s restaurants were operating at 50 percent capacity, but now they can resume service at 100 percent. [Source]

While restaurants can now seat all tables, you will still need to wear a face covering while entering and exiting the building.

Other safety precautions that are still recommended (but not mandatory) include:

  • Restaurants should space indoor and outdoor tables 6 feet apart, to the extent possible.
  • Restaurants should limit seating each table to no more than 8 customers and patrons, exclusive of family units or members of the same household.
  • Restaurants should adopt and enforce a process to ensure that customers and patrons are able to maintain a minimum of 6 feet of separation from other parties while waiting to be seated.
  • Restaurants should minimize, modify, or discontinue services that allow customers and patrons to fill or refill their own beverage cups.

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