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South Carolina Announces Reopening of Certain Businesses and Economic Revitalization Plan

As decreases in hospitalizations and deaths related to COVID-19 continue their apparent incremental decline across the country, businesses seek a light at the end of the tunnel.  Governors eager to get their citizens back to work have begun to formulate plans for reopening their economies. On Monday, April 20, 2020, South Carolina became one of the first states to implement measures for restarting its economy when Governor Henry McMaster signed an executive order allowing certain retail establishments to begin operating again.

Citing the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s (DHEC) projection that South Carolina is 11 days beyond the estimated peak in COVID-19-related fatalities, as well as continued daily decreases in hospitalizations, Governor McMaster issued Executive Order No. 2020-28, which amends the prior “Home or Work” Order, that was put in place on April 7, 2020. The new executive order allows certain “non-essential” businesses to reopen, effective April 20, 2020, at 5 p.m.

The order allows furniture stores, clothing stores, jewelry stores, sporting goods stores, book stores, flower stores, as well as department stores and flea markets to resume in-store operations. Retailers that reopen for business must comply with the following occupancy and sanitation requirements:

  • “limit the number of customers . . . so as not to exceed five (5) per 1,000 square feet of retail space, or twenty percent (20%) of the business occupancy limit;

  • ensure that customers (except for family units) maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet of one another; and

  • comply with all existing S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and DHEC sanitation guidelines.

On Monday, April 20, 2020, Governor McMaster also announced the creation of the accelerateSC task force. This group, which will be comprised of business leaders, health care providers, and local government officials, is tasked with providing the governor with short-term, intermediate-term, and long-term recommendations for next steps to restarting the state’s economy.

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W. Kyle Dillard Labor & Employment Litigation Attorney Ogletree Deakins Law Firm Greenville South Carolina

Mr. Dillard is a shareholder in Ogletree Deakins’ Greenville, South Carolina office, where he has practiced since 2003. Mr. Dillard has extensive litigation experience including state and federal courts and in the arbitration context. His primary area of focus with respect to Ogletree Deakins’ Labor and Employment Practice is ERISA litigation. In that capacity, Mr. Dillard has defended clients in a variety federal district courts against claims arising under long-term and short-term disability, healthcare and employee stock ownership plans. Mr. Dillard is also Ogletree...

Olivia B. Broderick Labor & Employment & Construction Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart Greenville, SC

Olivia is an associate in the Greenville office, focusing on Ogletree Deakins’ Labor and Employment and Construction Practices.

Olivia graduated from Louisiana State University in 2013 with a degree in Political Science. She then went on to receive her Juris Doctor in 2017 from Washington & Lee University. While at Washington & Lee Olivia served at as the President of the Student Bar Association from 2016-2017.

Olivia was the Note Editor on Washington & Lee’s Journal of Civil Rights and  Social Justice from 2016-2017, and received publication for her note...