The program will provide an additional $300 in benefits on top of a claimant’s weekly benefit amount. Officials with the state’s Department of Employment and Workforce made the announcement late Tuesday afternoon.
South Carolina is waiting for federal approval after submitting its grant application for FEMA’s Lost Wages Assistance program. If the application is approved, the program would provide an additional $300 in benefits on top of a claimant’s weekly benefit amount.
The announcement was made by state park officials on Monday afternoon and requires visitors over the age of 2 years old to wear a mask in any state park facility staffed by employees or where the general public may congregate.
Gov. Henry McMaster has directed the Department of Health and Environmental Control to postpone the release of guidelines for allowing limited visitation at nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
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.