Gov. McMaster to allow curbside sale of beer and wine by restaurants; encourages donations

Governor Henry McMaster said there should be no cause for public alarm in South Carolina...
Governor Henry McMaster said there should be no cause for public alarm in South Carolina following coronavirus cases in the state.(Live 5 News)
Updated: Mar. 22, 2020 at 12:37 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Governor Henry McMaster has announced additional actions that will be taken to enhance the state’s response to COVID-19’s continued impact on South Carolina.

“Team South Carolina is constantly reviewing the COVID 19 situation, and all plans and contingencies to contain this virus remain on the table,” said Gov. McMaster. “That includes “shelter-in-place,” a drastic action that other states with larger population centers have taken. It is my hope that this will not be necessary here, and I believe it to be much less likely, as long as South Carolinians follow official instructions and take recommended precautions now.”

The governor has asked construction contractors and others in the skilled trade industry to donate whatever personal protective equipment they can spare to healthcare professionals and state agencies in the greatest need, including respirator masks commonly used in construction settings.

Those willing to make donations will need to contact Mary Louise Resch of Habitat for Humanity for logistical coordination via email at

The governor has also issued Executive Order 2020-12, which directs the Department of Revenue to waive additional regulations in order to allow restaurants to include sealed containers of beer and wine for curbside pickup or “to-go” orders only. This waiver does not authorize or apply to open containers or delivery services.

The governor also directed the Department of Revenue to change the state’s income tax deadline to July 15th, which is the new federal income tax deadline. Other state taxes will remain delayed until June 1st, as previously ordered.

On March 19th, Governor McMaster issued Executive Order 2020-11, to ensure that critical state government services remained available to the public and to prevent potential exposure to the COVID 19 virus.

As of Friday afternoon, the Department of Administration reports that for 52 of 74 state agencies there were 13,902 state employees working from home or taking leave. There were 11,411 state employees at work. As more agencies report to the Department, these numbers will be updated.

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