Gov McMaster (Source: Facebook)
Gov. Henry McMaster has posted on Twitter about being proud of South Carolina remaining open for business during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Wallethub, South Carolina ranked second in the nation for the least amount of COVID-19 restrictions, with Gov. McMaster claiming he was "proud" of the ranking.
However, Gov. McMaster's critics were quick to hit back at his boasting tweet.
The research revealed that combined with South Carolina's low number of restrictions, they also have a low death rate from the virus. McMaster began the thread of tweets thanking Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves for relaxing some of their restrictions recently. On Tuesday, Texas ended its facemask mandate.
"Thank you Governors @GregAbbott_TX and @tatereeves for standing up for freedom and common sense. In South Carolina you can work, play, or pray because our state never closed and our prosperity cannot be cancelled," McMaster posted on Twitter.
Iowa was ranked No. 1, with Oklahoma at No. 3, Idaho at No. 4 and South Dakota at No. 5. The methodology behind the rankings included different point totals depending on the restriction, like large gathering restrictions worth 12.24 points and facemask mandates worth 8.16 points.
Meanwhile, Gov. McMaster will make an appearance at the McLeod and Darlington Raceway vaccination event Friday afternoon.
Gov. Henry McMaster (Nick Papantonis/WPDE).
McMaster will appear with Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp, McLeod Regional Medical Center Senior Vice President and Administrator Will McLeod, and McLeod Regional Medical Center chief medical officer Jeremy Robertson at 3 p.m. Friday.
The vaccination event is set to be the largest such event held to date in the Pee Dee. There are plans to distribute 5,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine at the event including specific slots for Florence One Schools teachers.
Gov McMaster posted on his Facebook page: " By staying the course and resisting distractions, we have been able to administer over one million vaccines. Because of these successes, a majority of South Carolinians will be eligible to receive the vaccine on Monday, March 8th."
He recently lifted Covid-19 restrictions on mass gatherings and alcohol sales in SC. In a statement, he declared, "
Restaurants may resume normal alcohol sales as licensed by the South Carolina Department of Revenue. Additionally, South Carolina Department of Commerce approval for events involving more than 250 people will no longer be required.
“With the spread of the virus consistently decreasing across the country and more of the most vulnerable South Carolinians being vaccinated every day, I believe these targeted and limited safety measures are no longer necessary,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “The virus is still among us and we all must continue to make responsible decisions to take care of ourselves and our loved ones, but those decisions are for South Carolinians to make.”
South Carolinians are still strongly encouraged to take appropriate safety precautions, including practicing social distancing and wearing face coverings when social distancing is not possible.
“Many South Carolinians have done their part by practicing the prevention measures we know work,” said DHEC Director Dr. Edward Simmer. “We are here today because of our citizens’ careful and ongoing efforts and we thank you for taking care of each other and putting your community and people first. I urge you to continue wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart, staying home and away from others if you’re sick and when it’s your time, get a safe and effective vaccine. Working together, we will defeat COVID-19.”
While approval will no longer be required by the Department of Commerce, it is recommended that organizers of large gatherings implement the following, previously mandatory, safety guidelines:
- Limit attendance of large gatherings to either 50% of the event space’s posted occupancy limit or fewer than 250 people
- All employees, customers, patrons, suppliers, vendors, visitors or other people in attendance at a large gathering should wear a face covering
- Organizers, operators, owners, or hosts of a large gathering shall take reasonable steps to incorporate, implement, comply with, and adhere to any relevant sanitation, “social distancing,” and hygiene guidelines established by the CDC, DHEC, or any other state or federal public health officials.
Events previously approved by the Department of Commerce that have not yet taken place are encouraged to follow the same guidelines."