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Sports Break to remain closed until July 29 to help control the spread of COVID-19

Sports Break announced on its Facebook page Sunday that the restaurant will be closed until July 29 to help control the spread of COVID-19.

“The decision to initiate this monthlong closure has been made with much thought and lots of lost sleep over the past few days,” the post said. “Closing our facility is for the protection of our staff and our valued customers as well as any contacts of either of these two groups. We, here at Sports Break, are willing to put the health and well-being of the Greenwood community before our profits. We sincerely appreciate everyone’s support during this time.”

Taped on the Sports Break’s front door is a sign from management with the same message from the restaurant’s Facebook post.

Sports Break did close for two days in June after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. Steve Harrington, the restaurant’s general manager, told all the employees who came in contact with that staff member to get tested and recommended they quarantine at home for two weeks. The restaurant got professionally cleaned and sanitized, and after being closed on June 12 and 13, it opened June 14.

The Index-Journal contacted Kevin Prater, a Sports Break owner, who declined to comment on the closure. Attempts to reach Harrington were unsuccessful.

Contact reporter Jonathan Limehouse at 864-943-5644 or follow him on Twitter @jon_limehouse.



State health officials reported 1,110 new confirmed cases and one new probable case of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, along with 27 more confirmed deaths. An elderly Saluda County resident who died Wednesday was among the new deaths.

Educators in Greenwood County school districts 50 and 51 are excited to return for a new school year, but they understand the trepidation people might have because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Greenwood County added 38 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, the county's highest daily tally in more than two weeks. Despite the high daily case count, the seven-day new case average is still half of what it was 15 days ago.

Restaurants in Greenwood are prepared for Gov. Henry McMaster’s newest restrictions on dining establishments. The executive order goes into effect Monday.

Greenwood County School District 51 students will return to school on Aug. 27 and the 2020-21 school year will officially end June 4.

Face coverings will be required at the Greenwood County Courthouse starting Monday. State Supreme Court Chief Justice Don Beatty issued the order Thursday.

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