Town Council COVID-19 Actions

Establishment of State of Emergency --- Effective August 17, 2021 ---

August 17, 2021

Town Council adopted a resolution establishing a State of Emergency in the Town of Hilton Head Island.

Under this action the Town Manager, Marc Orlando has transitioned public meetings to virtual effective immediately.

Additionally, the Town Manager is requiring that members of the public wear face coverings inside of Town Government buildings effective immediately. Town Government buildings include:

  • The Stephen G. Riley Municipal Complex, 1 Town Center Court
  • Fire and Rescue Headquarters, 40 Summit Drive, and all Fire Stations
  • Facilities Management Office, 12A Gateway Circle
  • Information Technology Office, 58 Shelter Cove Lane

Mayor Delcares Local State of Emergency --- Effective August 16, 2021 ---

August 16, 2021

Mayor John McCann signed a declaration of local State of Emergencypdf. The emergency order went into effect immediately.

Hilton Head Island Ordinance Requiring Face Coverings Expires on May 16, 2021 --- EXPIRED May 16, 2021---

May 4, 2021

The Hilton Head Island ordinance requiring people to wear a face covering inside commercial buildings expires Sunday, May 16,2021, after Town Council voted not to extend it. Town Council members, however, encouraged the public to remain vigilant and continue taking preventative measures to minimize any potential outbreaks of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of residents, visitors and workers throughout the community. Residents and Island visitors are encouraged to adhere to new guidance the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Individuals Required to Wear Face Coverings in Commercial Business Establishments --- EXPIRED May 16, 2021---

March 16, 2021

Town Council adopted Emergency Ordinance 2021-08pdf to extend requiring face coverings. This ordinance will expire May 16, 2021 or the end of the State of Emergency.

Individuals Required to Wear Face Coverings in Commercial Business Establishments --- EXPIRED March 20, 2021---

Janary 19, 2021

Town Council adopted Emergency Ordinance 2021-01pdf to extend requiring face coverings. This ordinance will expire March 20, 2021 or the end of the State of Emergency.

Individuals Required to Wear Face Coverings in Commercial Business Establishments --- EXPIRED February 1, 2021---

December 2, 2020

Town Council adopted Emergency Ordinance 2021-29pdf to extend requiring face coverings. This ordinance will expire February 1, 2021.

Individuals Required to Wear Face Coverings in Commercial Business Establishments --- EXPIRED December 6, 2020---

October 6, 2020

Town Council adopted Emergency Ordinance 2021-23pdf to extend requiring face coverings. This ordinance will expire December 6, 2020.

Individuals Required to Wear Face Coverings in Commercial Business Establishments --- EXPIRED October 17, 2020---

August 18, 2020

Town Council adopted Emergency Ordinance 2020-18pdf to extend requiring face coverings. This ordinance will expire October 17, 2020.

Individuals Required to Wear Face Coverings in Commercial Business Establishments --- EXPIRED August 29, 2020---

June 29, 2020

Town Council adopted Emergency Ordinance 2020-14pdf to extend requiring face coverings. This ordinance will expire August 29, 2020.

Urge Everyone to Wear Masks Anytime They are Outside of their Home / Lodging

May 19, 2020

Town Council adopted a Resolution urging all citizens, residents, tourists and visitors to wear protective face masks anytime they are outside of their home or place of lodging.

Reopen All Public Beach Access and Parking and Restore Normal Restrictions and Fees --- Effective May 22, 2020 ---

May 19, 2020

Town Coucil voted to reopen all of the Town's public beach access points and parking and normal parking restrictions will resume, including the use of meters, effective May 22, 2020.

Reopen Public Access to Most Beach and Community Parks --- Effective May 15, 2020 ---

May 12, 2020

Town Council voted to reopen some of its parks and public access points to the beach, some with restrictions, effective May 15, 2020.

Open Some Beach Access for Island Residents --- Effective May 1, 2020 ---

April 21, 2020

Town Council voted to permit Island residents access to Coligny Beach Park and Islanders Beach Park, effective May 1, 2020. All parking spaces, including metered spaces, will be reserved for Island residents with beach parking passes until further notice.

Encourage Everyone to Wear Masks in Retail Stores

April 21, 2020

Adopted Resolution 2020-09pdf encourging everyone to wear masks in retail stores and to follow other measures Governor McMaster recommended in his orders issued for businesses.

Town's Public Beach and all Town Parks Closed --- EXPIRED May 15, 2020---

April 21, 2020

Adopted Resolution 2020-08pdf to keep our public beach access points and Town-owned parks closed through April 30, 2020.

Adoption of Governor's Order Impacting Short-Term Rentals --- REPEALED ---

April 10, 2020

Due to overwhelming public concern, Town Council repealed an emergency ordinance it passed earlier in the week and adopted the Governor's previously issued executive order prohibiting short-term rentals during the COVID-19 crisis.

Short-Term Rental Ordinance --- EXPIRED ---

April 7, 2020

Adopted Emergency Ordinance 2020-08pdf Impacting Short-Term Rentals During COVID-19 Crisis.

Closure of All Town-owned Parking Lots --- EXPIRED May 15, 2020 ---

March 30, 2020

Resolution adopted Closing All Town Owned Parking Lots through April 30, 2020, Urging All Property Owners Associations and Private Clubs to Limit Beach Access and Urging All Residents and Guest to Limit Outdoor Exercise to those Activities to those that can be Accessed by Walking or Bicycle Travel.

Urge Short-Term Rentals to Stop Booking Reservations --- EXPIRED ---

March 30, 2020

Resolution 2020-05pdf adopted urging All Businesses and Individuals who are in any business engaged in the Short Term Rental of Real Property or Rooms on Hilton Head Island to Not Book any Reservations through April 30, 2020.

Urge Non-Essential Businesses to Close --- EXPIRED ---

March 30, 2020

Resolution 2020-04pdf adopted urging All Business that are Not Classified as Essential under the US Department of Homeland Security Guidelines or where the Ability to Practice Social Distancing is Impractical, to Voluntarily Close through April 30, 2020.

Public Health Advisory

March 28, 2020

Public Health Advisorypdf released from the Town of Hilton Head Island.

Joint Request for State-wide Stay At Home Order

March 30, 2020

Joint Request to the Governor for a State-wide Stay at Home Orderpdf on Behalf of the City of Beaufort and the Towns of Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, and Port Royal.

Town Council Message

March 26, 2020

A Message released to the Hilton Head Island Community from the Town Council of Hilton Head Island.

Stay At Home Order Request to Governor

March 26, 2020

Adopted Resolution calling on Governor McMaster to Issue a Mandatory Stay At Home Order for the State of South Carolina.

Deadlines Extended for Local Taxes --- EXPIRED ---

March 21, 2020

Adopted Ordinance 2020-07pdf to Temporarily Suspend the Operation of Deadlines Imposed Upon the Town; Extend Tax Compliance Deadlines.

Emergency Towing Procedures

March 21, 2020

Adopted Ordinance 2020-06pdf establishing Emergency Towing Procedures in the Town of Hilton Head Island.

Electronic Meetings

March 21, 2020

Adopted Ordinance 2020-05pdf establishing the standards for Electronic Meetings in the Town of Hilton Head Island.

Closure of Town Hall --- EXPIRED ---

March 20, 2020

Announcement that Hilton Head Island Town Hall Closes to Public; Town Staff Still Available to Assist Citizens.

Establishment of State of Emergency --- EXPIRED ---

March 17, 2020

Adopted Resolution establishing a State of Emergency in the Town of Hilton Head Island.

State of Emergency Declaration --- EXPIRED ---

March 16, 2020

Declaration of a State of Emergency by the Town of Hilton Head Island.