The Greenville Chamber supports a phased re-opening of our economy in a manner that promotes a strong business recovery as well as necessary protections for our community’s health. We are working with local and state government to achieved those goals. Accomplishing that will require a continued focus on everyone continuing to practice social distancing guidelines and other measures that seem to be flattening the curve in our state.
Yesterday, the Governor relaxed some of the restrictions on “non-essential” businesses.
This order affects:
- 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
That order has been rescinded as of 5 p.m. Monday. To re-open, a business must limit the number of customers to 20 percent of the allowed occupancy or five (5) customers per 1,000 square feet in the establishment, whichever is fewer. The Governor reiterated that: “The order concerning social distancing still continues. … We are still in a very serious situation.”
Restrictions placed on business that were allowed to remain open now apply to the businesses above. In addition to the capacity restriction:
“The business shall not knowingly allow customers, patrons, or other guests to congregate within six (6) feet of one another, exclusive of family units,” and, “the business shall implement all reasonable steps to comply with any applicable sanitation guidelines promulgated by the CDC, DHEC, or any other state or federal public health officials.”
The Greenville Chamber will continue working with our government partners to protect business and public health. If you have questions about the governor’s order, please contact Jason Zacher.