Gov. McMaster bans sale of alcohol at SC restaurants, bars after 11 p.m.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – To help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 between young adults in South Carolina, Gov. McMaster Friday announced the sale of alcoholic in all bars and restaurants will be prohibited after 11 p.m. each night.

The governor’s order will go into effect Saturday, July 11 at 11 p.m.

“Many of the young people in our state, as well as around the country, seem to not be taking the virus as seriously as they should, and we hope that this will help all of us – particularly the younger generation – to realize just how serious this virus is and what is at stake if we don’t see these infection rates start dropping,” said Gov. McMaster.

Restaurants and bars who fail to comply with Governor McMaster’s executive order may lose their license.

“We know that young adults who are rapidly contracting the virus and spreading it into our communities frequently congregate in late-night atmospheres which simply are not conducive to stopping its continued transmission,” said Gov. McMaster. “This measured, carefully tailored approach will lessen the opportunity for South Carolinians to put themselves and their loved ones in harm’s way.”

The order does not apply to alcohol that is sold at convenience or grocery stores, wine and liquor stores, or retail business.

It does apply to any holder of the following licenses: On-Premises Beer and Wine Permit, Winery Permit, Brewpub Beer/Wine Permit, Brewery  Permit, Business Liquor by the Drink License, Non-Profit Private Club Liquor by the Drink License, Special Event Permit, or Special Non-Profit Event Permit.

There are approximately 8,000 restaurants and bars permitted by the S.C. Department of Revenue (SCDOR) for on-site sale and consumption of alcohol.

This is a developing story. Count on News13 for updates here.

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