S.C. reps pressure governor for statewide stay-at-home order

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With the coronavirus pandemic causing shutdownsacross the nation, various areas have alreadyordered their residents to “shelter-in-place.”

South Carolina residents may soon see a stay-at-home order if Gov. Henry McMaster follows through on requests from state Reps. Gary Clary and Neal Collins.

The representatives sent McMaster a letter detailing their requests for a statewide order to shelter in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as at least 15 other states have done, according to news station WJBF.

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"During your announcement, we immediately started urging for a stay at home order. As current or former partners in small business law firms, we understand the damage to our economy and local businesses. However, the damage to South Carolina will be more profound if we do not slow the growth of those infected," they wrote.

As of Saturday, March 21, McMaster said a stay-at-home order for South Carolina “is not under consideration.”

However, he recently ordered out-of-state visitors to self-quarantine for two weeks after their arrival, according to ABC 4 News.

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The City of Charleston voted Tuesday night to approve a two-week stay-at-home order in an emergency meeting, WBTW reported.

South Carolina's number of positive cases grew to 424 across 39 counties, more than doubling the number ABC 4 News reported March 21, when the governor last denied consideration for a shelter in place.

Many states and cities across America have ordered members of their community to stay home or “shelter in place,” including Atlanta. Health officials believe this will help to prevent rapid spread of the coronavirus. There are usually exceptions to stay-at-home orders for essential business.

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