At this time the York County Sheriff’s Office highly discourages large gatherings such as parties in homes to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster issued the following executive order authorizing law enforcement to preserve public health.
“…prohibit or disperse any congregation or gathering of people, unless authorized or in their homes, in groups of three (3) or more people, if any such law enforcement official determines, in their discretion, that any such congregation or gathering of people poses, or could pose, a threat to public health.” (Executive Order No. 2020-13)
Citizens are urged to use good judgement when congregating at a place in which three or more people are present. Deputies may ask the group to break up reminding them of the current public health crisis.
The exceptions to the executive order are as follows:
- Gatherings in homes or authorized gatherings
- Includes the following essential activities:
- Shopping at grocery stores and home improvement stores
- Getting gas at gas stations
- Construction sites
- Blood drives
Authorized gatherings do not include:
- Congregating at the entrance to a store to socialize.
- Gathering in public parks.