• Governor's Business Closing Order #2

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    As of this afternoon, the Governor has extended the types of businesses that must close to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. I have included an excerpt below from the order. For the full order, click HERE. I have also underlined a section of the order below that allows retail businesses operating online or via telephone to still make sales during this time. I think this is wonderful news since many of our businesses are already taking these precautions. 

    Please be sure to understand the requirements of this new order. If you have any questions or if the Chamber can assist you, please let us know. Excerpt from SC Executive Order #2020-18:
    “C. Subject to any clarification, guidance, rules, regulations, or restrictions issued, provided, or promulgated by the Department, I hereby order and direct that effective Monday, April 6, 2020, at 5:00 p.m., the following additional “non-essential” businesses, venues, facilities, services, and activities shall be closed to non-employees and shall not be open for access or use by the public—to include members, if access or use is ordinarily restricted to or based on membership—or shall not take place, as applicable:
    1. Retail stores as follows:
    1. Furniture and home-furnishings stores
    2. Clothing, shoe, and clothing-accessory stores
    3. Jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores
    4. Department stores, with the exception of hardware and home-improvement stores
    5. Sporting goods stores
    6. Book, craft, and music stores
    7. Flea markets
    8. Florists and flower stores
    D. This Section does not prohibit the continued operation of retail stores, as set forth above, for the limited purpose of fulfilling online or telephone orders or providing alternate means of purchasing or delivering products or services—to include curbside purchase, pickup, or delivery and home or off-site delivery—provided that such options or measures can be implemented in a manner that facilitates and maintains effective “social distancing” and is consistent with any applicable guidance issued by state and federal public health and safety officials.”
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