Gov. Henry McMaster has issued an executive order directing all South Carolina law enforcement officials to prohibit or disperse any congregation or gatherings of people in groups of three or more if authorities believe it poses a threat to public health.

The order, issued Monday, does not include people inside a home, or people working at a business.

“It does not apply to private businesses nor to responsible South Carolinians continuing to make the best out of this situation,” Governor McMaster said. “And as I said, this is not a shelter-in-place order but another measure aimed at containing the virus by controlling crowds, so that we do not have to shelter in place. It is designed for crowds. We’ve seen them on the beaches, we’ve seen them on the islands or on the coast. And every now and then you see them in the parking lots and lots of kinds of places."

The governor said law enforcement will be given discretion on each case and asked them to use common sense when applying the order.

The governor also told people to stay home if possible and not to hoard supplies. There was plenty of food and supplies that were being transported to grocery stores, he said.

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