South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) issued a “home or work” order Monday after increasing pressure from public health officials over the coronavirus pandemic.
The order requires residents to stay at home or work unless visiting family, exercising or getting essential goods or services, including food and medicine. McMaster said during a press briefing that the order will go into effect Tuesday at 5 p.m.
He said he was issuing the “mandatory order” because too many people are “on the roads,” “on the waters” or “in the stores” — not complying with social distancing recommendations.
“We’ve asked. We’ve urged. We’ve suggested,” McMaster said at the briefing. “But the last week or so has shown that it’s not enough. The rate of infection is on the rise, and the rate of noncompliance is on the rise.”
McMaster said any violations could result in a misdemeanor charge, including 30 days in jail and/or a $100 fine for each day of violation.
South Carolina is one of the final states to issue a version of a stay-at-home order, with eight other states remaining: Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma and Arkansas, according to The New York Times. It is the last east coast state to implement such an order.
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