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To stem virus, SC shuts off late-night boozing

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To stem virus, SC shuts off late-night boozing

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster speaks with reporters on April 23 after the first meeting of accelerateSC, his advisory group about reopening the state economy. On Friday, McMaster said starting Saturday, bars and restaurants no longer can serve alcoholic beverages after 11 p.m. COLUMBIA, S.C. — In an effort to stem South Carolina’s raging coronavirus outbreak, particularly among young adults he says are gathering in unsafe groupings, Gov. Henry McMaster is shutting off the late-night sale of alcohol at bars and restaurants across the state.

McMaster on Friday said that, starting on Saturday, the 8,000 bars and restaurants across the state licensed to sell alcoholic beverages would have to shut off those sales at 11 p.m. each night.

“We are saying emphatically, it’s time for our younger adults to behave like mature adults," McMaster said, noting that, while younger people may not get seriously ill from the virus, they could spread it to more vulnerable, older adults. “This is very serious. Wear your mask. Keep that distance.”

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the highly contagious virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal.

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McMaster’s move comes less than a week than a deadly shooting at a Greenville nightclub, where two people were killed and eight others injured. Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis said a “very large crowd” of about 200 people were at the Lavish Lounge on Sunday to see trap rapper Foogiano, an event that went against South Carolina gathering orders due to the pandemic.

“That club should not have been […]

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