What Classifies as Non-Essential?

On Tuesday, March 31st Governor McMaster issued Executive Order 2020-17 that requires non-essential businesses in South Carolina to close. The list of businesses deemed non-essential that must close is divided into three categories, as outlined below.

Entertainment Venues and Facilities

  • Night clubs
  • Bowling alleys
  • Arcades
  • Concert venues
  • Theaters, auditoriums, and performing arts centers
  • Tourist attractions (including museums, aquariums, and planetariums)
  • Racetracks
  • Indoor children’s play areas (excluding daycare facilities)
  • Adult entertainment venues
  • Bingo halls
  • Venues operated by social clubs

Recreational and Athletic Facilities and Activities

  • Fitness and exercise centers and commercial gyms
  • Spas and public or commercial swimming pools
  • Group exercise facilities, to include yoga, barre, and spin studios or facilities
  • Spectator sports
  • Sports that involve interaction with another person in close proximity and within less than six (6) feet of another person
  • Activities that require the use of shared sporting apparatus and equipment
  • Activities on commercial or public playground equipment

Close-Contact Service Providers

  • Barbershops
  • Hair salons
  • Waxing salons
  • Threading salons
  • Nail salons and spas
  • Body-art facilities and tattoo services
  • Tanning salons
  • Massage-therapy establishments and massage services

If businesses are unsure if they fall in one of the above categories they should complete the Essential Business Clarification form on the Department of Commerce website, email [email protected], or call (803) 734-2873. The department will review the request, and the business will receive a determination within 24 hours.


This information was provided by Dorchester County.

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