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Chapin Chamber of Commerce helps spread the word regarding businesses that may now reopen

Chapin, SC - The Chapin Chamber of Commerce sent their members an e-mail Monday afternoon that helps make very clear what type of businesses may reopen under the governor's latest order. If your business was forced to close under the governor's order and you are not on this list, you must remain closed.

The email said that Monday afternoon, Governor McMaster issued an Executive Order modifying his previous order regarding nonessential businesses. The latest order authorizes the following retail businesses to reopen to non-employees and for access or use by the public:

  • Furniture and home-furnishing 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

  • Florists and flower stores

These retail businesses are subject to the following emergency rules and restrictions:

  • Emergency Maximum Occupancy Rate: Businesses shall limit the number of customers allowed to enter and occupy the premises as not to exceed five (5) customers per 1000 square feet of retail space or 20% of occupancy limit, whichever is less.

  • Social Distancing Practices: Businesses shall not knowingly allow customers to congregate within six (6) feet of one another; exclusive of family units.

  • Sanitation: Businesses shall implement reasonable procedures to comply with any applicable sanitation guidelines.

The Governor’s “Home or Work” order issued on April 6th continues to be in effect. The Governor’s office and SCDHEC continue to advocate that South Carolina residents continue to encourage social distancing and limited social interaction, unless for essential activities.

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