SC governor revises state of emergency order, adds penalties for not following rules

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster revised his state of emergency order, adding penalties for people who don’t follow the rules.

Anyone who doesn’t follow social distancing and then refuses to leave after being told by police now faces a misdemeanor charge.

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That could lead to 30 days in jail and a $100 fine.

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911 operators will now ask callers if anyone in their home has tested positive or has any symptoms. Police can also ask the same questions while responding to a scene.

The order also activates the National Guard and it relaxes some regulations to allow continuous shipping of supplies like food, water and medicine.

The order will be in effect for at least 15 days.