AIKEN, SC – The City of Aiken report that on March 31, Governor McMaster issued Executive Order No. 2020-17 ordering the closure of non-essential businesses, venues, facilities, services, and activities for public use. The Order is effective Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

The businesses/activities that are ordered to be closed are as follows:

1. Entertainment venues and facilities as follows:
a. Night clubs
b. Bowling alleys
c. Arcades
d. Concern venues
e. Theaters, auditoriums, and performing arts centers
f. Tourist attractions [including museums, aquariums, and planetariums]
g. Racetracks
h. Indoor children’s play areas, [except licensed daycare facilities]
i. Adult entertainment venues
j. Bingo halls
k. Venues operated by social clubs

2. Recreational and athletic facilities and activities as follows:
a. Fitness and exercise centers and commercial gyms
b. Spas and public or commercial swimming pools
c. Group exercise facilities, to include yoga, barre, and spin studios or facilities
d. Spectator sports
e. Sports that involve interaction in close proximity to and within less than 6 feet of another person
f. Activities that require the use of shared sporting apparatus and equipment
g. Activities on commercial or public playground equipment

3. Close-contact service providers as follows:
a. Barber shops
b. Hair salons
c. Waxing Salons
d. Threading salons
e. Nail salons and spas
f. Body-art facilities and tattoo services
g. Tanning salons
h. Massage-therapy establishments and massage services

The City of Aiken will enforce the Governor’s Executive Order as written in the interest of public safety.

Stuart Bedenbaugh
City Manager
City of Aiken