People and politicians in the US are reacting very differently to the coronavirus pandemic—it all depends on the state you’re living in. South Carolina has recently come under fire after some people on Twitter shared photos of Americans who aren’t staying at home and are ignoring the social distancing advice. Scroll down to see just what the situation is like in some parts of the state.

According to The New York Times, there are currently 1,554 reported cases of the coronavirus and 31 deaths in South Carolina. However, the state still hasn’t issued a “stay-at-home” order, even though Governor Henry McMaster has declared a state of emergency. In other words, there are some mixed messages and some Americans still aren’t taking the situation seriously.

Sheriff Lee Boan from Kershaw County told Bored Panda that there are clear signs that South Carolina's Governor McMaster is "slowly tightening down" the state. "He has already closed nonessential businesses and has been encouraging citizens to stay home since the beginning. I feel we are already 60-70% into a stay home order. The stay home order is not far away." Scroll down for the rest of our interview with Sheriff Boan about the current situation in his county and in the state.

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Colin L
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6 months ago

Folly beach. Aptly named.

FurryManiac
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6 months ago

Are we soulmates? I saw this caption and NO JOKE thought the EXACT SAME THING.

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Linda HS
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6 months ago

Let the natural selection begin!

C
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6 months ago

This has been up and down. It closed, then it reopened, then they put checkpoints back up! A lot of people (ironically) were protesting when the beach reopened

Jeremy Quiney
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6 months ago

Idiots.... I been home almost 2 wks and they still spreading this crap... Wtf?

Mary Cato
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6 months ago

So not fair .we will never get to go back to work soon safely

sam
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6 months ago

How ignorant and dumb are people??????

Heather Keedy Bateman
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6 months ago

Ugh. All I see is Oprah: "YOU get corona...you get Corona...EVERYONE GETS CORONA!!! (Audience goes wild)

Shadowpuppy_123
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6 months ago

Ok, but who took that picture? YOU, so that means YOU were breaking the rules TOO!

Liam Walsh
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6 months ago

Possibly - but there are very, very good zoom lenses. Someone could easily take a photo and not be that close.

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Corrie Anderson
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6 months ago

This is bull. I live in Charleston. About 15 minutes from Folly Beach. No one has been allowed on the beach for over a week. Don't know when this picture was taken but it certainly was not today. Don't believe everything you see, people. Charlestonians are indeed staying home!

Reirei
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5 months ago

Picture looks to have been taken before or on 28th March, which was over a week ago.

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Alusair Alustriel
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5 months ago

And what was the person taking photo doing there in the first place?

Loren Reyna
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5 months ago

HEllo But how did you attach the anchor to your article with a link to another site? write code

Richard Bruce
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6 months ago

Before hotels closed

smithyjones
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6 months ago

so glad Ohio's governor believes in science & heeds the warnings

Animal lover❤
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6 months ago

Why are they there?

Jenny Foster
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4 months ago

What is the problem here? Family groups are fine with strangers 2m apart?

Marnie
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4 months ago

People are allowed to go out in nature if they keep their distance. I don't see anything in this photo that shows people closer than 6 feet to strangers. It's impossible to tell from this angle.

Johnny
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4 months ago

It's hard to tell from this picture if these people are keeping social distance -- the people sitting/walking together could be in the same family that are already living together, and it's hard to tell how far apart the people in the background are.

Elaine Mattingly
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4 months ago

No sunscrean, no mask, no guard, oh my how you do love to live on the wild side! I'm going bungie jumping tomorrow without a cord, then jump out of a plane without a parachute go with me. Why not?

Simon White
Community Member
5 months ago

Looks like ‘Murica is going to be in for a wee bit of a shock very soon. Oh well, that’s one way to drain the bottom of the gene pool I suppose.

Nick Nickson
Community Member
6 months ago

Swidish also do nothing, because they thing they are viking's ancessors and they have natural immunity. Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha. R.I.P SWEDEN! R.I.P USA.

Colleen Walsh
Community Member
6 months ago

THis isn't as bad as it first looks. I thnk all the different groups are 6' apart.

Kel Gal
Community Member
5 months ago

Colleen, this WAS as bad as it looks. I live in Myrtle Beach and was driving drown Ocean Blvd the day before McMaster closed the beaches and lakes. I saw MANY groups of people on the beach quite close together. Not only that, EVERY public beach access was packed full of cars. It was ridiculous. To the ones who want to rant about me not staying home, I was in my car with the windows up and did not get around anyone else. Driving around to get a change of scenery is not harming anyone.

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Vlad Nicer
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5 months ago

BP - a website to panic mothers and housewives. Srsly, people, 80% of the 'tests' are false positives, and you basically have to be 80yo or already srsly ill to be killed by it. Meantime, you are being scammed by the banksters, and resulting Greatest Depression will be 80 times more devastating. Show Courage! Show Logical Thinking!

Stacy Cook
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6 months ago

Stop being a 2nd grade tattletale and leave true south carolinians alone!

Stacy Cook
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6 months ago

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Stop being a 2nd grade tattletale and leave true south carolinians alone

Kel Gal
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5 months ago

Seriously Stacy? I’m a true South Carolinian and I’d like to live through this pandemic. I’d also like everyone else to, too.

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Bill
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6 months ago

Pawley Island's south beach . My happy place.

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Colin L
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6 months ago

Part of me says "I don't care if their ignorance gets them sick" but the rest of me screams "Stay Home! You entitled twatwaffles are endangering others and will overwhelm the hospitals!"

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According to Sheriff Boan, people who don't adhere to social distancing guidelines can be fined or even get jail time. "SC Section 16-7-10. It carries a $100 fine and up to 30 days in jail. We are dispersing crowds as we see them. Citizens are getting better. It is a major culture change for us all to stay away from each other. But, we are all getting better at it."

The Sheriff told Bored Panda that he and his colleagues are doing well. "No deputies at my department have been infected with COVID-19. We have had as many as 6 deputies out on quarantine due to 'indirect contact.' They were around someone who was around someone with coronavirus."

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Colin L
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6 months ago

"But sunlight kills coronavirus!" Get it through your heads: it is infectious as hell, not everyone shows symptoms, and it is deadly to seniors (and not fun for other folks as well).

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Elaine Mattingly
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4 months ago

Until it hits home.

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Colin L
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6 months ago

Rates of infection are doubling in most regions every 2 to 3 days. This is why.

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"We are well staffed now with all of our School Resource Officers (SRO), court deputies, and civil process deputies now assigned to patrol. We have more deputies on patrol now than we have ever had. We haven’t had the need to work over-time yet. But, we are prepared to do so. We also have some deputies that have volunteered to be reserve ambulance drives in the event that our EMS partners get understaffed."

Sheriff Boan said that he believes they are in the "calm before the storm" and haven't been hit hard. "Yet," he added.

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Crowds gather on the beach Friday afternoon near 65th Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach

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Colin L
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6 months ago

A state without a lockdown now is like having a s&*tting section of the public pool.

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Bill
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6 months ago

Trying to cash in on the funeral business?

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Sarah Stalder
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5 months ago

Ah, natural selection is a crafty beast.

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Governor McMaster has closed state parks and prohibited the public from going to beaches and lakes. He also ordered non-essential businesses, like hair salons and gyms, to close. All public schools are also shut down and students are learning via the internet from home.

Finally, the governor asked all citizens to stay at home. However, some South Carolina lawmakers think that this isn’t enough to suppress the spread of Covid-19 without an official “stay-at-home” order. People still can (and do!) leave their homes for any reason whatsoever, not just for essential trips to the grocery store, the pharmacy, or to take care of loved ones.

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Animal lover❤
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6 months ago

😤

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Bill
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6 months ago

Has Myrtle Beach cancelled Can Am week? (Canadian spring break)

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Vicky
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6 months ago

I am disappointed in humanity :(

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South Carolinian Republicans and Democrats are coming together and urging McMaster to issue the order. “I don’t understand why he hasn’t taken that step and told the citizens under the force of law you must stay at home,” Democrat Seth Rose expressed his frustration, considering that South Carolina’s neighbors North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Florida have all issued “stay-at-home” orders of their own.

“We should not be recommending you stay home unless you want to go out,” Rose added.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Boan also had this to say to people to make sure they’re social distancing: “It’s better to stay six feet apart now than to be six feet under later.” If that doesn’t get you to rethink going outside for no reason, can anything?

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Shadowpuppy_123
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6 months ago

and most of them are ELDERLIES!!!😰

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The Dutches
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6 months ago

Close the beaches !!!

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Snowy Tundra
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6 months ago

I am really resenting this state and governor on behalf of all the exhausted medical people who will have to go to SC to supplement the state's medical people when they get overwhelmed with all the sick people who ignored the strongly worded suggestions to stay home. Argh!

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Crowds on the beach near 14th Ave. Pier

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Elaine Mattingly
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4 months ago

Get back over here where you'll be safe Grandpa and Ma, don't wander off. Safty in numbers.

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Colin L
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6 months ago

This is where the lie of "this is 6 inches long" gets people killed. Really, really not 6 feet people...

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Stille20
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6 months ago

..that being said, isn't this person at lowes? maybe just driving by?

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Steve Brown
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6 months ago

That's Greer SC and looks like that 7 days a week

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A northbound look down the beach from the Cherry Grove Pier

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Stille20
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6 months ago

It's not great, but they don't look close.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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J-Yogi-Temp-Mom
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6 months ago

and the person taking the picture is also not following the guidelines...

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Jill Emburey
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6 months ago

🤷

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Stille20
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6 months ago

What's with lowes?

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Colin L
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6 months ago

I wonder how many people need to die from their ignorance for them to feel ashamed.

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Go home Greenville County residents! Cleveland, SC March 28, 2020

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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6 months ago

That looks like a freaking awesome swimming hole!

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Yesterday at folly beach, we had to leave because we couldn’t stay 6 feet away from the 20-somethings on the beach

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sh
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6 months ago

So, you're basically about as bad as them since you were also at the beach.

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Beach visitors fill the parking lot at the Cherry Grove Pier Friday afternoon

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Pretty Pangolin
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6 months ago

People, this is not a vacation! Go home!

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hopie
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5 months ago

Ur there too

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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Michelle Morgan
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6 months ago

What about places of work that are still open and it’s not essential that they have to be open.#mcmastersshutscdown#somescpeoplearesocialdistancing#wewouldstayathomeifwecould

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EtherealSponge
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5 months ago

Technically they are spread out at least 6 feet apart? Assuming the smaller clumps are related people. Further back thought there are long stretches of people.

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