Lake Murray, SC (Paul Kirby) – Yesterday, May 8th, 2020, Gov. Henry McMaster held a press conference regarding changes he was making to his coronavirus restriction. In that conference, he said all laws and regulations regarding the safe operation of boats in South Carolina will return to normal effective immediately. In short, gas up, hook up, rev up, and get ready to enjoy Lexington County’s lakes and rivers again!
During the pandemic, boat ramps owned by the state and large companies like Dominion Energy were shut down. There were stringent guidelines on boating that include who could be on your boat, whether you could stop, drift, or swim off boats, and others. Now, if you are following all state guidelines for the safe operations of a boat that were in place before any pandemic issues arose, you can enjoy boating again carefree!
This is great news for many citizens and businesses of Lexington County. Thousands would fill Lake Murray after launching or casting off in Lexington County to enjoy being on the water. Even the winter months had boaters out enjoying a ride or fishing for lunkers. There are also many boaters who enjoyed our rivers too. Not only does boating activities contribute to the County’s economy when people buy gas, oil, ice, bait, and other things they use on the water, it is the activity of choice for many people in our warmer months.
Other restrictions are also being eased. This includes some that prevented indoor, sit down dining at restaurants. Those will be loosened on Monday, May 11, 2020. Although there are still some guidelines that eateries must adhere in order to keep their customers safe, dining rooms will be back open again. To see those guidelines, follow this link. RESTAURANT GUIDELINES