Gov. McMaster says South Carolina barber shops, salons, gyms can reopen May 18
South Carolina's close-contact businesses closed since early April can reopen May 18 under the state's latest measure to roll back restrictions on businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
During a press conference Monday, Gov. Henry McMaster said some restrictions will lift on close-contact businesses and recreation facilities next week. However, the businesses will have guidelines on how to space their customers and clean their equipment.
The types of businesses impacted include:
- fitness and exercise centers
- commercial gyms, including group exercise facilities like yoga studios and barre classes
- public or commercial pools
- barber shops
- hair salons
- waxing salons
- threading salons
- nail salons and spas
- body-art facilities
- tattoo services
- tanning salons
- massage-therapy establishments
- massage services
The announcement came the same day restaurants were able to again offer inside dining as long as they follow rules the state issued last week for social distancing and cleaning.
South Carolina is increasing its focus on contact tracing for people who have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
Dr. Linda Bell, state epidemiologist, said health officials are on track to test 2% of the state's population by June. The increased testing will lead to more positive cases being reported, Bell said.
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