Open For Business: South Carolina Loosening Restrictions

FORT MILL, SC. — Baxter Village in Fort Mill was bustling on Monday. Rebecca Rhodes ate her lunch on the patio of Fratelli Ristorante & Pizzeria.

“Today, to see the excitement, to see people out stopping and talking to each other. Still social distancing, but just exciting to be back out and to living again,” says Rhodes.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster announcing the statewide stay-at-home order is lifted and returned to voluntary status starting Monday. It allows restaurants to service people in outdoor dining areas. As long as tables are at least 8 feet apart, parties are limited to eight people and strict sanitation guidelines are followed.

Jason Cloud is the owner of Burgers & Barley in Rock Hill. He says he’s relieved.

“It’s a step in the right direction actually. People need to exercise their freedom,” says Cloud.

Not all restaurants in South Carolina appear to feel comfortable taking that step. Napa at Kingsley in Fort Mill posting on Instagram:

“…We have made the decision to continue operating under the current guidelines offering curbside pick-up, carry-out, and delivery only. We will re-evaluate this approach the week of May 11th and will make a more informed decision about the next steps at that point.”