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Governor's Executive Order from 4-6-20

Tue, April 07, 2020 12:20 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

FROM MARK NIX, HBA OF SC  April 7, 2020

Thanks to Governor McMaster South Carolina has the best language outlining essential businesses anywhere in the country. In his press conference yesterday, Governor McMaster issued  a mandatory “Home-or-Work Order” in place beginning today, Tuesday, April 7th, at 5:00 pm to. This new order MAKES NO CHANGES to the current list of non-essential businesses that must close (those non-essential businesses are listed below). Those listed are the only businesses prohibited from working. Our industry was helped further by the order stating, “Individuals are performing any essential services identified by the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s guidance, including amendments thereto, for continued critical infrastructure viability” (see list below). That helps us further news. The Governor’s previous orders state that his orders “supersedes and preempts” any part of a local ordinance that conflicts with his order. This language prohibits a local governing authority from an ordinance/order that is more stringent than the Governors and the order now lists all industries in construction. We must be vigilant to ensure that ANYONE on our job-sites abides by the "social distancing requirements" and the other COVID-19 safety precautions. We do not want to provide any reason for our freedoms to be taken away.HBA of SC “Stand Aware” jobsite safety materials will be out today .  Please pass to fellow industry professionals

Please feel free to call me with any questions.


1. Essential workers in the 16 Critical Infrastructure Sectors, as defined by the federal Department of Homeland Security unless otherwise addressed in a prior or future executive order pertaining to the existing declared public health and civil preparedness emergency.

2. Healthcare and related operations including:
• biotechnology therapies
• consumer health products and services
• doctor and dentist offices
• elder care, including adult day care
• health care plans and health care data
• home health care workers or aides
• hospitals
• manufacturing, distributing, warehousing, and supplying of pharmaceuticals, including research and development
• medical marijuana dispensaries and producers
• medical supplies and equipment providers, including devices, diagnostics, services, and any other healthcare related supplies or services
• medical wholesale and distribution
• nursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilities
• pharmacies
• physical therapy and chiropractic offices
• research and laboratory services, including testing and treatment of COVID-19
• veterinary and animal health services
• walk-in-care health facilities

3. Infrastructure including:
• airports/airlines
• commercial trucking
• dam maintenance and support
• education-related functions at the primary, secondary, or higher education level to provide support for students, including distribution of meals or faculty conducting e-learning
• hotels and other places of accommodation
• water and wastewater operations, systems, and businesses
• telecommunications and data centers
• transportation infrastructure including bus, rail, for-hire vehicles and vehicle rentals, and garages
• utilities including power generation, fuel supply, and transmission

4. All manufacturing and corresponding supply chains, including aerospace, agriculture, and related support businesses
5. Retail including:
• appliances, electronics, computers, and telecom equipment
• big-box stores or wholesale clubs, provided they also sell groceries, consumer health products, or operate a pharmacy
• convenience stores
• gas stations
• grocery stores including all food and beverage retailers
• guns and ammunition
• hardware, paint, and building material stores, including home appliance sales/repair
• liquor/package stores and manufacturer permittees
• pharmacies
• pet and pet supply stores

6. Food and agriculture, including:
• farms and farmer’s markets
• food manufacturing, processing, storage, and distribution facilities 
• nurseries, garden centers, and agriculture supply stores
• restaurants/bars (provided compliance with all applicable executive orders is maintained)

7. Services including:
• accounting and payroll services
• animal shelters or animal care or management, including boarding, grooming, pet walking and pet sitting 
• auto supply, repair, towing, and service, including roadside assistance
• bicycle repair and service
• building cleaning and maintenance
• child care services
• critical operations support for financial institutions
• financial advisors
• financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, and check cashing services
• funeral homes, crematoriums, and cemeteries
• insurance companies
• laundromats/dry cleaning
• legal and accounting services
• mail and shipping services
• marinas and marine repair and service
• news and media
• real estate transactions and related services, including residential leasing and renting
• religious services (subject to Executive Order 7D limiting gatherings to 50 people)
• storage for Essential Businesses
• trash and recycling collection, hauling, and processing
• warehouse/distribution, shipping, and fulfillment

8. Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations including:
• food banks
• homeless shelters and congregate care facilities
• human services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support social service agencies

9. Construction including:
• all skilled trades such as electricians, HVAC, and plumbers 
• general construction, both commercial and residential
• other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes
• planning, engineering, design, bridge inspection, and other construction support activities

  • ·           Workers supporting the construction of housing, including those supporting government functions related to the building and development process, such as inspections, permitting and plan review services that can be modified to protect the public health, but fundamentally should continue and serve the construction of housing (e.g., allow qualified private third-party inspections in case of government shutdown).

    10. Services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of all residences and other buildings (including services necessary to secure and maintain non-essential workplaces):
    • building cleaners or janitors
    • building code enforcement
    • disinfection
    • doormen
    • emergency management and response
    • fire prevention and response
    • general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor
    • home-related services, including real estate transactions, closings, appraisals, and moving services
    • landscaping services
    • law enforcement
    • outdoor maintenance, including pool service
    • pest control services
    • security and maintenance, including steps reasonably necessary to secure and maintain non-essential businesses
    • state marshals

    11. Vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, child care, and services needed to ensure the continuing operation of government agencies and provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public including: 
    • billboard leasing and maintenance
    • child care services
    • essential government services
    • government owned or leased buildings
    • information technology and information security
    • logistics
    • technology support

    12. Defense 
    • defense and national security-related business and operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the US government


  • Non-Essential
  • ·           Entertainment venues:
    (1) Night clubs
    (2) Bowling alleys
    (3) Arcades
    (4) Concert venues
    (5) Theaters, auditoriums, and performing arts centers
    (6) Tourist attractions (including museums and planetariums)
    (7) Racetracks
    (8) Indoor children’s play areas
    (9) Adult entertainment venues
    (10) Casinos
    (11) Bingo halls
    (12) Venues operated by social clubs

    Athletic facilities and activities:
    (1) Fitness centers and commercial gyms
    (2) Spas and public or commercial swimming pools
    (3) Yoga, barre, and spin facilities
    (4) Spectator sports
    (5) Sports that involve interaction with another person of closer than 6 feet
    (6) Activities that require use of shared sporting apparatus and equipment
    (7) Activities on commercial or public playground equipment

    Close-contact service providers:
    (1) Barber shops
    (2) Hair salons
    (3) Waxing salons
    (4) Threading salons
    (5) Nail salons and spas
    (6) Body-art facilities and tattoo services
    (7) Tanning salons
    (8) Massage-therapy establishments and massage services

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