Most states have stay-at-home orders directed by government officials. With little places to go (besides home), people are getting creative in their "outdoorsy" locations. With all South Carolina beaches being closed, locals seem suddenly more interested in home improvement dreams.
Yesterday, April 6, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported a spike in novel coronavirus cases and deaths.
Over the past weekend, the DHEC announced 183 new cases and four additional deaths, bringing totals to 2,232 cases and 48 fatalities.
This announcement urged SC Governor Henry McMaster to institute a statewide mandatory "home or work" order that will go into effect today at 5:00 p.m.
This order will allow state residents to only leave their homes for work, family visits, some outdoor recreation and shopping for goods and services.
With South Carolina being one of the latest states to have a stay-at-home or shelter-in-place directive (there are still seven states without either), locals are not responding to these instructions too well.
One of the few businesses that are considered "essential" is Lowe's Home Improvement stores. South Carolinians are filling parking lots and their fellow neighbors are not pleased about it.
Residents first started noticing the influx of sudden DIY-ers when the beaches were officially closed last week.
A consistent beachgoer spoke to ABC 15 News after discovering she couldn't get onto the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.
"I’m upset because it’s my therapy, it really is, and if I can’t get out on that beach," she said, "I’m going to find a way anyway."
Right now this is what the gas line looks like at Amoco. Many of you have been telling me places like Lowe’s home i… https://t.co/DXXNMZjWZb— Emily Wakeman (@Emily Wakeman)1586195334.0
It seems many South Carolinians also had the "get out by any means" idea. Twitter users are angrily posting photos of Lowe's full parking lots.
This is why we can’t have nice things. Here in South Carolina it looks like EVERYONE is at Lowe’s. 🤦🏻♀️ https://t.co/616yYLwVzY— Amanda (@Amanda)1586123408.0
A user captioned a busy Lowe's pic, "This is why we can’t have nice things. Here in South Carolina it looks like EVERYONE is at Lowe’s."
Another user calls for the CDC to responded to a fully packed parking lot at the location in Summerville.
@CDCgov please help us in South Carolina!! This is a picture of a Lowe’s in Summerville. It is PACKED. NO PARKING S… https://t.co/4qMnrapQRD— kristie (@kristie)1586021411.0
Narcity spoke to Lowe's employee Justin Ward at the Greenville location who says he has definitely seen an influx of people coming through their doors.
"People are stuck at home and need something to keep their mental health in check," he said. "We're one of the few places open so they're just flocking here."
When asked how they're dealing with the surge of loitering customers, Ward said, "We're overwhelmed, but we're hanging in there."