Email: Essential Services and Keeping Workplaces Safe (3/23/20)

Dear Chamber Member,

As part of our efforts to ensure that state decisions are made with businesses in mind during this time of emergency, the SC Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to Governor Henry McMaster Sunday evening. We are urging him to continue to balance the interests of businesses and public health in South Carolina as he contemplates further actions related to COVID-19.

The letter requests that the Governor consider the following in developing an essential services plan for private businesses, should one be needed:

  1. Include critical infrastructure workers—as identified in the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response (available here)
  2. Proactively allow businesses to apply for an exemption and create a special hotline and email address before issuing an order.
  3. Adjust the essential workers list to adapt to changing conditions.

Until any further guidance is issued, the Chamber recommends businesses continue to refer to official resources to maintain a safe workplace for employees and the public. We can all do our part to avoid further restrictions by the state, and stop the spread, by following these health and safety guidelines:

These and other resources for businesses are available on our COVID-19 website.

As always, we will keep you up to date on any new information as it becomes available. Please feel free to reach out to us at with questions at any time.