Brief: Gov. McMaster says bars and restaurants may not sell alcohol after 11 p.m.

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Beginning Saturday, South Carolina bars and restaurants will not be allowed to sell alcohol after 11 p.m., Gov. Henry McMaster announced on Friday. Violating businesses run the risk of losing their liquor licenses.

The measure, referred to as the "last call" executive order, is intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 as South Carolina hospitals report an increasing number of cases in younger patients.

Thomas Dugas, the general manager of Cotton Gin, said his bar intends to "fully comply" when it reopens on July 30 after renovations. 

"Our main goal is safety first and providing a fun customer service experience, so Cotton Gin will follow all the rules," Dugas said. "As far as how I feel about the rule, that's irrelevant. It's safety first."

Grocery and convenience stores are not impacted by this announcement and may continue selling alcohol after 11 p.m.

Salty Nut Cafe declined to comment. The Grand, Jake's Bar and Grill, Bird Dog, Tin Roof, Bar None and Moosehead could not immediately be reached for comment.

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