South Carolina gov quiet as others debate stay-at-home order
Added 03-30-20 04:03:04pm EST - “Whether all of South Carolina should go under a stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus continued to be debated by cities and towns and by lawmakers at both the state and federal level Monday.” - Washingtontimes.com
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Whether all of South Carolina should go under a stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus continued to be debated by cities and towns and by lawmakers at both the state and federal level Monday.
The ultimate decider, Republican Gov. Henry McMaster, did not weigh in Monday. He has said before that a stay-at-home order closing nonessential businesses like gyms and hair salons is on the table, but the governor won’t issue it until he sees data from state health officials supporting it.
But plenty of others have offered their opinions. On Monday, Republican state House Speaker Jay Lucas said cities need to lay off issuing their own orders and trust the governor’s response to the coronavirus.
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Also Monday, Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham, on quarantine in his Charleston home after contracting COVID-19, said the governor needs to issue a statewide stay-at-home order to end the uncertainty of beach communities that don’t want hundreds of outsiders visiting.
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