05 Apr Columbia stretches to deal with its homeless population during COVID-19
The message, at this point, couldn’t be much clearer.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to march across the nation and South Carolina, officials on the local and state level have, again and again, pushed the idea that residents should stay at home in hopes of slowing the spread of highly contagious COVID-19.
While Gov. Henry McMaster had yet formally to issue a statewide stay at home order as of April 5, he has taken a number of steps to keep people from congregating, including closing public schools, shuttering dine-in services at restaurants and bars, closing nonessential businesses, closing public access to the state’s beaches and other waterways, and instructing the cops to break up groups of three or more in public. McMaster also has verbally implored people to stay home.