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Today, Governor Henry McMaster issued Executive Order 2020-40, declaring a new state of emergency, allowing bowling alleys to open immediately, and lifting restrictions on the occupancy of retail establishments.

“South Carolinians know what they can do to keep themselves and their loved ones safe, and it’s incumbent upon each and every one of us to follow the advice and recommendations of the public health experts,” McMaster said. “We also must continue our methodical approach towards getting South Carolinians back to work and businesses contributing to the state’s economy. Businesses simply can’t be closed indefinitely, but they can operate in a safe way with our collective knowledge of the virus.”

The response component of AccelerateSC, along with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), developed guidelines for how these bowling alleys can operate safely.

These guidelines include:

  • Bowlers should be spread out on the lanes to ensure that they are 6 feet or more apart. This can be accomplished by either limiting the number of people on one lane at a time and/or having an empty lane in between each active one.
  • Request that customers bring their own bowling balls and shoes, if they have them.
  • Clean and disinfect bowling balls and shoes between users.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (bathroom doors, sink handles, chairs, etc.) routinely throughout the day.
  • Provide hand sanitizer at each lane. Make disinfectant available to customers who want to disinfect their ball and lane.
  • Disable video games, juke boxes, etc. OR clean and disinfect them between each user.

For a full list of bowling alley guidelines, click here, or see the complete guidelines for all S.C. businesses here


(9) comments


Here is the MA dashboard link.


I’m from Massachusetts and was 100% against masks. 100%. Mass “was” the third hardest hit state in the us.

Since the mandatory mask order on May 6th, and since April 15. Total 7 day weighted average of positive cases had dropped 89%. Hospitalizations down 70% and we are now one of the top states for lowest infections.

I can say for certainty the masks played a huge role in this. It becomes muscle memory. Have a few in the car. Get to the store. Throw it on. Go shop. Walk out. Take it off. Rinse and repeat.

Go out to dinner. No need for a mask at the table.

It does suck. Oh well. But you simply cannot argue with these numbers. Same as NY

here is the latest on MA trend. One of the easiest dashboards to follow.


I disagree that people should be forced to wear masks some people such as myself can not wear a mask due to medical reasons so think about that before you call people selfish or irresponsible


See my comments above. It becomes muscle memory and pretty easy. Not ideal but who cares. Can’t argue with the data


All the disinfecting in the world will not prevent the spread of the virus through transmission of airborne droplets. The only way to do that is to wear a mask. Why is that such a hard concept to understand? MAKE MASKS MANDATORY!


Governor declares a STATE OF EMERGENCY and in the same sentence says to open the bowling alleys! Now there is some World Class Leadership!


I'm with NewYorker59. Mandatory face masks is the answer. Highest number of cases this week. Let's go bowling.


Mandate the wearing of face masks. Imploring is not working.


Mandatory face masks is a must to decrease spreading of COVID-19. Those not wearing face masks are being selfish and irresponsible!

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