SC governor allowing tourist attractions to reopen Friday, May 22

SC governor allowing tourist attractions to reopen Friday, May 22

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Gov. Henry McMaster just announced numerous attractions across the state can reopen beginning Friday, May 22.

Gov. Henry McMaster and state health officials are holding a briefing regarding COVID-19 in South Carolina. >>> Get the earliest breaking news alerts on your phone with the WIS 10 News app >>

Posted by WIS TV on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

McMaster said attractions large and small may reopen on Friday, in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Attractions that may reopen include the following:

  • Zoos
  • Museums
  • Aquariums
  • Planetariums
  • Historic buildings and sites
  • Water parks
  • Amusement park rides
  • Go-Kart tracks
  • Bingo facilities
  • Miniature golf facilities
  • Arcades
  • Indoor child play areas
  • Laser tag
  • Escape rooms
  • Ziplines
  • Bumper cars
  • Climbing walls
  • Batting cages
  • Pool halls
  • Ice skating rinks
  • Roller skating rinks
  • Outdoor and indoor paintball parks
  • Ropes courses
  • Skate parks
  • Pony rides
  • Ferris wheels
  • Carousels
  • Slingshots/reverse bungee rides/swing rides

Duane Parrish, the Director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, Tourism presented a list of guidelines to Accelerate SC on Tuesday for these attractions reopening, with the holiday weekend crowds in mind.

“I think in the interest of spreading people out, so that one particular place, whether it’s a beach or pools aren’t too crowded, having more things open allows for social distancing by nature,” Parrish said.

The governor’s accelerateSC task force has issued guidelines to these businesses to reopen safely, he said. Click or tap here to read those.

“We must follow these guidelines, pay attention, and remember that although we are lifting these restrictions, the virus is still here,” McMaster said.

McMaster also announced youth and adult sports leagues may begin practicing on May 30, with competitive play resuming on June 15.

The governor pointed out that some attractions will remain closed -- including movie theaters, concert venues, race tracks, bowling alleys, adult entertainment, night clubs, and spectator sports.

Dr. Linda Bell, State Epidemiologist, said people must continue to practice social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

She said “businesses don’t spread the virus, people spread the virus.”

The governor also reiterated the coronavirus is a dangerous virus as he echoed Bell’s statements.

Wednesday’s announcement comes one day after state leaders made the suggestion to reopen attractions during an accelerateSC meeting.

They wanted to reopen attractions in time for Memorial Day weekend, saying it would “spread out” crowds seen at the state’s beaches last weekend.

This story will be updated.

Copyright 2020 WIS. All rights reserved.