The governor said issuing a mandate for people in South Carolina to wear a mask and not be able to enforce it gives a false sense of security for those who believe that everybody is following the rules.
The program, called “Palmetto Priority,” is a commitment made by restaurants to provide a safe place for staff and customers to demonstrate real precautions that they are taking to prevent the spread of the virus.
This follows after South Carolina saw an increase of positive cases in the past few days. The latest numbers announced Wednesday afternoon by Dr. Linda Bell with DHEC showed 528 new cases of COVID-19 and 7 more deaths in South Carolina.
Arrests in Charleston began early Sunday afternoon when police responded to Marion Square for what they said was an illegal gathering. The arrests began shortly after authorities gave warnings that arrests would begin if protesters did not disperse.
DHEC has a goal of testing 2% of South Carolina’s population, which is 110,000 South Carolinians per month beginning this month. DHEC has developed a statewide testing plan to dramatically increase testing.
A woman who died following a gator attack on Kiawah Island previously attempted to touch the animal and told people who were attempting to rescue her,"I guess I won’t do this again," according to a newly released investigative report.
The “home or work” order was originally issued on April 6 and stipulated that people stay home unless they are going to work, are visiting family, exercising or getting essential goods or services like grocery or pharmacy items.
Today’s update brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in the state to 5,735, and those who have died to 192, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
The governor issued a new executive order on Monday extending the order allowing for the states’s response to COVID-19 to continue which also includes the state’s “Home or Work” order which was issued in April.