Gov. Henry McMaster Orders Non-Essential Businesses Closed Throughout S.C.

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Governor Henry McMaster today issued Executive Order 2020-17, which orders the closure of nonessential businesses, as defined by the executive order, throughout the state in order to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The businesses that will be closed as a result of the governor's executive order are as follows:

 Entertainment venues and facilities as follows:

Night clubs

Bowling alleys


Concert venues

Theaters, auditoriums, and performing arts centers

Tourist attractions (including museums, aquariums, and planetariums)


Indoor children’s play areas (excluding daycare facilities)

Adult entertainment venues

Bingo halls

Venues operated by social clubs

Recreational and athletic facilities and activities as follows:

Fitness and exercise centers and commercial gyms

Spas and public or commercial swimming pools

Group exercise facilities, to include yoga, barre, and spin studios or facilities

Spectator sports

Sports that involve interaction with another person in close proximity and within less than six (6) feet of another person

Activities that require the use of shared sporting apparatus and equipment

Activities on commercial or public playground equipment 

Close-contact service providers as follows:

Barber shops

Hair salons

Waxing salons

Threading salons

Nail salons and spas

Body-art facilities and tattoo services

Tanning salons

Massage-therapy establishments and massage services

Clarification Assistance Provided by the South Carolina Department of Commerce:

The South Carolina Department of Commerce provides guidance for nonessential businesses on their website. If a business has a question as to whether they qualify as essential, they should complete the Essential Business Clarification form. Questions can also be sent to, or business representatives can call 803-734-2873. A team from South Carolina Department of Commerce will review the business’s request for clarification, and the business will receive a response with their determination, essential or nonessential, within 24 hours. If a business is not explicitly addressed in the governor's executive order, the business should continue normal operations until a determination is made.