5 Things To Know For Friday, May 1st

  • New deaths are being reported in connection to the coronavirus pandemic in South Carolina. The Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 12 more deaths yesterday. That brings the death toll in the Palmetto State to 244. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is now six-thousand-95.
  • South Carolina's state parks reopen today. Picnic shelters, playgrounds, and community buildings will stay closed to encourage social distancing. Walking, hiking, and riding a bike will all be permitted, but there will be a limit on how many people can be at a park at once. State parks are honoring reservations scheduled today or later, and will take new reservations as early as May 11th.
  • Restaurants in Irmo will be reopening to dine-in customers, with some limitations. The Irmo Town Council approved the measure unanimously yesterday. Since March, all restaurants have been closed to dine-in service due to the pandemic. The approval lets customers dine outside, with tables six to eight feet apart.
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden says the sexual assault allegations against him from the 1990s aren't true. Tara Reade, a former Senate aide who worked in Biden's office, says he assaulted her in 1993. Appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Biden said Reade's story should be scrutinized for inconsistencies, and accused her of constantly changing her story.
  • Restrictions are being lifted for many residents in Georgia today. Governor Brian Kemp said yesterday that he was letting the shelter-in-place order expire, which ended last night. Elderly and medically-fragile residents are being asked to continue to shelter-in-place. 

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