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A Message on COVID-19 Regulations

A message from Bristow Beverage Law, in regards to Governor Henry McMaster’s May 1st Lifting of Stay at Home Orders.

Yesterday, Governor McMaster announced that the Stay at Home order will be lifted on Monday, May 4th. Additionally, it was announced that outdoor dining would be allowed so long as it was in compliance with the guidelines provided by the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association…  In speaking with the Governor’s office, it appears that these guidelines will apply to retailers, wineries, distilleries, breweries, and brewpubs that have outdoor seating.


  • Tables are to be spaced a minimum of 8 feet from each other (measured from all edges of the table);
  • Limit table groups to 8 individuals;
  • Eliminate gatherings in the building when entering or exiting outdoor seating area;
  • Maintain strict social/physical distancing guidelines; and
  • Tables, chairs, and seats should be sanitized after every customer.

If open areas and/or temporary tents are utilized, then all sides of the tent must be open and the following conditions are required:

  • Tables are to be spaced a minimum of 8 feet from each other (measured from all edges of the table);
  • Table groups are to be limited to 8 individuals;
  • State approved fire extinguisher within 75 feet of tent area; and
  • Minimum of 7-foot-6 inch head room (ceiling height)
  • Tables, chairs, and seats should be cleaned/sanitized after every customer.


Of note, signage will be critically important. The following were recommended:

  • Post a sign on the door to your restaurant that no one with a fever or persistent cough is to be permitted in the restaurant.
  • Post a sign on receiving door that no suppliers or vendors should enter if they have a fever or persistent cough.

Provide signage at each public entrance to inform all employees and customers that they should:

  • Not be allowed to enter if they feel generally unwell;
  • Maintain a minimum of 6-foot distance;
  • Sneeze or cough into a cloth or tissue; and
  • Not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact.

Post in a publicly prominent place in your facility and on your website your commitment to:

  • Food and Drink safety;
  • Staff safety training;
  • Steps that you are taking to go above and beyond in providing safe food and drink and a safe, enjoyable experience;
  • Customer safety;
  • and Customer responsibility.
  • Additionally, it is recommended that outside bar stools be removed.