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Executive Order 2020-10: Restaurant Closures During COVID-19

On March 17, the Governor issued Executive Order 2020-10, which suspends on-premises restaurant service during the COVID-19 crisis. Municipalities should consider the following provisions of State law in enforcing the Order:

  • The order incorporates a broad definition that includes, among other things, restaurants, delicatessens, snack bars, ice cream parlors, and mobile food establishments (e.g., food trucks). On the other hand, the order specifically permits take-out and off-premises sales. Therefore, restaurants and food trucks may continue to sell prepared foods provided that they are not consumed on-premises.
  • The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has made clear that it interprets the order to apply to both indoor and outdoor dining.
  • State law authorizes the Governor to direct law enforcement officers of political subdivisions of the state to enforce the order (SC Code Section 1-3-440). The order cites this provision in directing local enforcement.
  • Violation of the order is a misdemeanor subject to a fine of not more than one hundred dollars or imprisonment for not more than thirty days (SC Code Section 16-7-10).
  • Local law enforcement officers may treat repeat or continued violations of the Order as separate offenses.
  • In addition, the order directs and authorizes local law enforcement to enforce the suspension in the courts of the state by injunction, mandamus, or other appropriate legal action.
  • For business owners who refuse to comply, local law enforcement officers may also consider performing a custodial arrest as they would in responding to defiance of any other law enforcement directive supported by state or local law.

For establishments with a liquor license or beer and wine permit, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has indicated that continued violation of the order would subject the licensed premises to immediate revocation or suspension of the holder's permit (SC Code Section 61-4-580). SLED recommends that local law enforcement officers immediately notify SLED of continued violations so that appropriate administrative action can be taken.

 

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