Gov. McMaster says he won’t mandate masks, pleads with residents as S.C. becomes hot spot for COVID-19

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Henry McMaster

COLUMBIA, SC (WBTV) – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and state health officials are pleading with residents to practice social distancing and wear masks as South Carolina has become a hot spot for the coronavirus.

“For goodness sake, wear your mask, keep that distance,” McMaster said.

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The governor says the state cannot mandate everyone to wear a mask. He says it is ineffective, impractical and unenforceable to have a statewide mandatory mask requirement.

Gov. McMaster extended the state of emergency and says he has no plans to lift restrictions on nightclubs, concert venues, theaters, spectator sports and other venues that draw large crowds until the COVID-19 infection rate goes down.

The governor says he wants nursing homes to limit visitation, only allowing immediate family members. McMaster says South Carolina schools are continuing to prepare for in-person instruction in the Fall.

McMaster says despite rise in COVID-19 cases, he won’t close beaches as July 4 approaches. He will leave that decision up to individual governments.

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