Spartanburg County

South Carolina

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

March 13th, 2020 – President Trump declared a National Emergency.

March 13th, 2020 – Governor McMaster declared a State of Emergency and closed schools in Kershaw and Lancaster counties. The following additional actions are included in the governor’s executive order:

  • All state government offices shall remain open for operation during their normal business hours.
  • Visitation at state and local correctional facilities in all 46 counties shall be suspended immediately.
  • DHEC shall immediately restrict visitation to nursing homes and assisted living facilities with the exception of end of life situations. 
  • State price gouging laws shall go into effect immediately. 
  • The State Emergency Management Plan shall be activated.

March 13th, 2020 – SCEMD increased its readiness level to Operating Condition 2 (OPCON 2).

March 15th, 2020 – Governor McMaster announced the closing of all schools in South Carolina beginning Monday March 16 through the end of the month including all Pre K-12 schools, universities, colleges, and technical colleges and asked that all public gatherings be limited to no more than 100 people.

March 16th, 2020 – The White House coronavirus task force recommended no gatherings of more than 10 people.

March 16th, 2020Spartanburg County Council issues public statement on COVID-19

March 17th, 2020 – Governor McMaster issued an executive order that:

  • Mandated all restaurants and bars to close their dine-in service starting Wednesday morning but encouraged curbside takeout and delivery to support small businesses. 
  • Prohibited organized events of 50 or more across the state. 
  • Mandated DHEC to waive regulations so hospitals can call on medical “students” to help with providing care and ordered all elective surgeries to be halted within the next 72 hours.

March 18th, 2020 -  South Carolina Supreme Court issues Order on statewide evictions and foreclosures.

March 19th, 2020 – Governor McMaster has issued an executive order that:

  • Mandates all non-essential state employees must stay home from work. State agency heads will determine which employees should stay home. 
  • Mandates public universities and colleges must also determine what employees are needed to keep working to allow students to finish semester online. 
  • Orders law enforcement is ordered to “vigorously enforce the law” to prevent looting, violence or any lawlessness during this state of emergency under the order. McMaster stated he is asking agencies to put school resource officers and court officers on duty if needed since schools and courts are closed. 
  • In addition, McMaster is asking all hospitals and overnight medical facilities restrict all visitation with patients unless it is an end of life circumstance and also asked people not to hoard items and buy only what they need.

March 21st, 2020 - Gov. Henry McMaster

March 22nd, 2020 – DHEC

March 23, 2020 – Gov McMaster

  • Governor McMaster has issued and executive order that: 
    • Authorizes law enforcement to disburse groups of 3 or more.

March 23rd, 2020Spartanburg County reduces public access through remote options

March 24, 2020 – South Department of Education

  • South Carolina Public Schools are closed through April 30

March 27, 2020 – Governor McMaster issued an executive order regarding self- quarantining for individuals from High-Risk areas.

March 28, 2020 – Governor McMaster issued an executive order consolidating and when applicable, extending previous orders.

March 30, 2020 - Governor Henry McMaster today issued Executive Order 2020-16, which orders the closure of all public access points to the state’s beaches, as well as closure of all public boat ramps, landings and other access points on the state’s lakes, rivers and waterways

March 31, 2020 - Governor Henry McMaster today issued Executive Order 2020-17.

The businesses that will be closed as a result of the governor’s executive order are as follows:

Entertainment venues and facilities as follows:

  • Night clubs 
  • Bowling alleys 
  • Arcades 
  • Concert venues 
  • Theaters, auditoriums, and performing arts centers 
  • Tourist attractions (including museums, aquariums, and planetariums) 
  • Racetracks 
  • Indoor children’s play areas (excluding daycare facilities) 
  • Adult entertainment venues 
  • Bingo halls 
  • Venues operated by social clubs

Recreational and athletic facilities and activities as follows:

  • Fitness and exercise centers and commercial gyms 
  • Spas and public or commercial swimming pools 
  • Group exercise facilities, to include yoga, barre, and spin studios or facilities 
  • Spectator sports 
  • Sports that involve interaction with another person in close proximity and within less than six (6) feet of another person 
  • Activities that require the use of shared sporting apparatus and equipment 
  • Activities on commercial or public playground equipment

Close-contact service providers as follows:

  • Barber shops 
  • Hair salons 
  • Waxing salons 
  • Threading salons 
  • Nail salons and spas 
  • Body-art facilities and tattoo services 
  • Tanning salons 
  • Massage-therapy establishments and massage services

Clarification Assistance Provided by the South Carolina Department of Commerce

If a business has a question as to whether they qualify as essential, they should complete the Essential Business Clarification form located on the South Carolina Department of Commerce website, which will be easily accessible on the South Carolina Department of Commerce’s website. Questions can also be sent to covid19sc@sccommerce.com, or business representatives can call 803-734-2873. A team from South Carolina Department of Commerce will review the business’s request for clarification, and the business will receive a response with their determination, essential or non-essential, within 24 hours. If a business is not explicitly addressed in the governor’s executive order, the business should continue normal operations until a determination is made.

April 3, 2020 - Governor Henry McMaster issues Executive Order 2020-18

  • McMaster has expanded his original order closing non-essential businesses to now include the following types of stores: furniture, jewelry, department, clothing and shoes, florists, books, crafts and music stores.
  • Stores that can remain open include grocery stories, gas stations, hardware stores, home improvement stores and firearm retailers. 
  • This order will go into effect Monday, April 6 at 5 p.m. 
  • To see the complete list, click here: https://www.sccommerce.com/covid-19-non-essential-business-guidelines
  • April 3, 2020 - Governor Henry McMaster issued Executive Order 2020-19  Suspend short-term rentals throughout the state to people traveling from coronavirus hotspots across the country. This includes hotels, short-term rentals, vacation homes, B&B’s, timeshares, etc.

April 6, 2020 - Governor Henry McMaster issued Executive Order 2020-21

  • Home or Work Order - Enforceable by law - Click link or read attached

April 8, 2020 - Governor Henry McMaster issued Executive Order 2020-22

  • Gov. Henry McMaster Orders that Furloughed Employees Qualify for Unemployment Benefits

April 12, 2020 - Governor McMaster issued Executive Order 2020-23 

  • Third State of Emergency Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

April 16, 2020 - Governor McMaster issued Executive Order 2023-25 

  • Modification of Emergency Restrictions for Public Waters & Emergency Measures for Unemployment Claims & Benefits

April 16, 2020 – President Donald J. Trump issued new Guidelines on Opening Up America Again, which contemplates individual States reopening in phases using a deliberate, data-driven approach tailored to address the situation in each State

April 18, 2020 - Gov. Henry McMaster Creates accelerateSC, a Coordinated Economic Revitalization Plan 

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Recognizing the impact of COVID-19’s impact to South Carolina’s economy, Governor Henry McMaster today announced the creation of accelerateSC, a coordinated economic revitalization plan involving small and large business leaders, healthcare professionals, local government officials, and education professionals. 

The plan consists of five components of analysis and effort: Response, Protection, Governance, Resources, and Information. James Burns, a partner at the law firm of Nelson, Mullins, Riley and Scarborough, will serve as accelerateSC’s executive director. Burns and the rest of the membership are serving in a voluntary capacity. For further information about accelerateSC and its members, visit the governor’s website here

Gov. McMaster and Lt. Governor Pamela Evette will attend and lead the first meeting of accelerateSC on Thursday of this week. Additional details will be announced at a later date. 

Governor Henry McMaster Also Opens Public Beach Access, Limited Retail Businesses

Governor McMaster issued Executive Order 2020-28, which removes restrictions on public access points to the state’s beaches, public piers, docks, and wharfs, while delegating to local officials the authority to restrict access, as they see fit. 

This order also re-opens retail stores that were closed pursuant to Executive Order 2020-18. The businesses to be reopened are as follows: 

  • Furniture and home-furnishings stores 
  • Clothing, shoe, and clothing-accessory stores 
  • Jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores 
  • Department stores, with the exception of hardware and home-improvement stores 
  • Sporting goods stores 
  • Book, craft, and music stores 
  • Flea markets 
  • Florists and flower stores 

All other businesses previously closed by executive order will remain closed until further notice. 

Under the order, retail stores may reopen today, Monday, April 20, at 5:00 p.m., but must adhere to strict social distancing requirements, operating at 20% occupancy or five (5) customers per 1,000 square feet, whichever is less. In addition, businesses must not knowingly allow customers to congregate within six feet of one another, excluding families, and follow relevant CDC and DHEC guidelines. 

Public beach access points, piers, docks, and wharfs may reopen tomorrow, April 21, at noon. Public boat ramps and boat landings were previously reopened pursuant to Executive Order 2020-25

All other executive orders, including the Governor’s “Home or Work” order, remain in effect. South Carolinians should maintain social distancing practices and avoid large groups of people. 

April 22, 2020 – Governor Henry McMaster and Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman announce that schools will remain closed the rest of the 2019 – 2020 academic school year.  

April 25, 2020 - COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Henry McMaster, Sen. Lindsey Graham, and Rep. Jeff Duncan will join Boeing for a press event tomorrow, Sunday, April 26 at 10:30 AM. 

April 27, 2020 – Governor Henry McMaster and Lt. Governor Pamela S. Evette participated in the first meeting of the “Governance” component of AccelerateSC today at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center today 2:00 PM to approximately 4:00 PM. 

April 27, 2020 - Governor Henry McMaster today issued Executive Order 2020-29 to continue the State’ response to COVID19

April 30, 2020 – Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty, South Carolina Supreme Court, issues Order Number 2020-04-30-02 pertaining to Statewide Evictions and Foreclosures.  Supersedes Order Number 2020-03-018-01

May 8, 2020 - Governor McMaster issued Executive Order 2020-33, rescheduling elections postponed pursuant to Executive Orders 2020-09 and 2020-29 for Tuesday, July 14, 2020. 

Governor McMaster also issued Executive Order 2020-34, authorizing limited indoor dining services and rescinding boat restrictions. 

  • Restaurants: Limited indoor, on-premises customer dining is authorized effective Monday, May 11, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. Restaurants that elect to provide limited indoor, on-premises customer dining services should consider and incorporate industry guidelines regarding the same, such as those prepared and published by the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, in addition to undertaking and implementing all reasonable steps to comply with any applicable sanitation guidelines promulgated by the CDC, DHEC, or any other state or federal public health officials.
  • Boating: Restrictions are rescinded on the beaching or rafting of boats, whether on a sandbar, lakeshore, riverbank, or island, as is the requirement that vessels must remain underway at all times unless exigent circumstances exist. 

May 11, 2020 - DHEC met its goal of hiring 1,000 contact tracers by May 31, retaining 1,400 new people through contracts with private staffing companies for a total of 1,800. DHEC currently has 14 mobile testing clinics scheduled across the state, with more planned in the coming days. To find a mobile testing clinic near you, visit DHEC’s mobile testing clinic webpage. Yesterday, DHEC began the first of three phases of testing for 40,000 residents and workers in South Carolina nursing homes. 

Governor McMaster announced that close contact service providers, fitness and exercise centers, commercial gyms, and public or commercial pools will be able to open in a limited capacity on Monday, May 18. Close contact service providers include the following businesses: Barber shops, hair salons, waxing salons, threading salons, nail salons and spas, body-art facilities and tattoo services, tanning salons, massage-therapy establishments and massage services. Commercial gyms will include group exercise facilities such as yoga studios, barre classes, and others. The “Response” component of accelerateSC, with advice and recommendations from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), have developed general guidelines for close contact service providers, along with specific guidelines for cosmetology establishments, gyms and fitness centers, and public or commercial pools

Governor McMaster also announced that state government workers would return to their offices no later than June 3. Agencies are now working on protocols to ensure their safe return.

SC LAWMAKERS return today to adopt emergency measures aimed at funding the state’s fight against the coronavirus and keep government operating. The proposed continuing resolution would send $155 million of surplus dollars to a COVID-19 reserve account and $1.5 million to the Department of Administration to oversee state and federal spending for coronavirus. The continuing resolution also includes up to $15 million to ensure poll workers and voters are safe in the upcoming elections. And it sends another $25 million to the Medical University of South Carolina to assist with statewide testing.

May 13, 2020 - Governor McMaster issued Executive Order 2020-35, declaring a state of emergency in South Carolina due to the ongoing and evolving public health threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 15, 2020 – Governor McMaster issues Executive Order 2020-36 incremental modification of non-essential business closures effective May 18, 2020.  Businesses to open include: Gyms, barber shops, hair salons, waxing salons, threading salons, nail salons and spas, body-art facilities and tattoo services, tanning salons, massage therapy establishments, and pools

May 20, 2020 - Governor McMaster announced that attraction facilities will be permitted to open throughout South Carolina beginning Friday, May 22nd. The governor’s announcement comes after AccelerateSC has been meeting for nearly a month to determine the safest ways to reinvigorate the state’s economy. 

The “Response” component of AccelerateSC has established exhaustive safety guidelines for businesses that have been allowed to reopen. Guidelines for attraction facilities can be found here and on the AccelerateSC website, along with guidelines for all recently re-opened businesses. 

Examples of attraction facilities include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Zoos 
  • Museums 
  • Aquariums 
  • Planetariums 
  • Historic buildings and sites 
  • Waterparks 
  • Amusement park rides 
  • Go-Kart tracks 
  • Bingo facilities (specific guidelines can be found here) 
  • Miniature golf facilities 


Governor McMaster also announced that youth and adult sports leagues will be allowed to begin practicing on May 30th, with competitive play resuming on June 15th. Specific guidelines, created by the “Response” component of AccelerateSC, can be found here. 

While Governor McMaster never took any action prohibiting day camps, which are popular for children during the summer months, the Department of Social Services and the Department of Health and Environmental Control have established guidelines for those planning to hold camps this summer. Those guidelines can be found here

May 20, 2020 - CDC released their larger reopening guidance earlier this week, and updated information and resources for