April 27, 2020 - Gov. McMaster Extends COVID-19 State of Emergency
Gov. McMaster issued Executive Order 2020-29, which declares a state of emergency throughout the state and allows for the state's response to COVID-19 to continue. The order also includes the closure of South Carolina schools for the duration of the 2019-2020 school year.
By law, the governor can declare a state of emergency for up to 15 days. His most recent executive order declaring a state of emergency was issued on April 12 and expires today.
All existing executive orders issued by the governor will remain in effect with the new state of emergency, unless or until they are otherwise rescinded. While the state of emergency can last for 15 days, the governor can, at any time, rescind individual orders he has issued to respond to the virus' impact to the state. Read the Executive Order
Town of Pawleys Island Extends Beach Closure and Accommodations Restrictions
The Town of Pawleys Island will reopen the public beach accesses and adjacent public parking lots on Friday, May 1. This is contingent on Georgetown County opening their public beach accesses before, or on May 1. Additionally, the prohibition of future check-ins for short term rentals has been extended through May 14, 2020.
PPP Loans Resume Today
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) resumed accepting PPP loan applications today, April 27.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act - Multiple funding options for those seeking relief.
- Below is a list of many of the official resources for businesses who need more information about PPP:
- CARES Act Relief Resources FAQ - Excellent resource for frequently asked questions along with: SBA Loans > Paycheck Protection Program > Disaster Loans > Employee Retention Tax Credit > Grants > Exchange Stabilization Fund
- Is there a cheat sheet available on each of these programs comparing the differences? You can review the CARES Act Guide of Eligibility to determine which programs your business/organization qualifies for and then compare the differences among those programs here.
- South Carolina Department of Commerce Resource Center - PPP, EIDL and more
- FAQs on the Economic Injury and Paycheck Protection loan programs from the SBA South Carolina District Office