COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered bars and restaurants that serve alcohol to stop those sales at 11 p.m. each night, a new effort to try to get the state's skyrocketing coronavirus numbers under control.
McMaster spoke Friday morning at the state capitol where he announced a new what he dubbed "last call" executive order.
"Many of the young people seem not to be taking the virus as seriously as they should," McMaster said. "It's time for our younger adults to behave like mature adults."
The governor said young adults who are rapidly contracting the virus and spreading it into communities frequently congregate in late-night atmospheres which simply are not conducive to stopping its continued transmission.
The governor’s order does not apply to alcohol sold at convenience or grocery stores, wine and liquor stores, or retail business. It went into effect at 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 11.
Businesses who violate the order could lose their alcohol license.
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