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News Release

Determining Non-Essential Businesses Under Executive Order 2020-17

Release Date: April 3, 2020

Contact Information:
Carolyn Grant email icon , Communications Director, 843-341-4618


The Town of Hilton Head Island is taking steps to ensure local businesses comply with South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster’s recent executive order regarding non-essential businesses.

Governor McMaster’s Executive Order 2020-17, signed on March 31, 2020, requires specifically listed businesses, venues, facilities, services, and activities to close effective April 1, 2020.

Town staff will use the executive order to identify business within the Town that are considered non-essential, and work with local and state agencies to compel compliance with this order. Staff will be contacting the South Carolina Department of Commerce to resolve questions of ambiguity and clarification to improve Staff’s ability to carry out services during this time.

The order authorizes the South Carolina Department of Commerce and South Carolina Attorney General’s Office to provide guidance on whether a specific business, venue, facility, service, or activity is required to close or is prohibited from taking place pursuant to the Order.

The order does not prohibit businesses, venues, facilities, services, and activities from voluntarily closing. Any business that can cease operations between now and April 30, 2020 is urged to do so. Town Council urges social distancing, telecommunications, and other contact reducing actions for businesses that cannot close.

Town residents and guests who want to know if this Executive Order applies to them should contact the South Carolina Department of Commerce at covid19sc@sccommerce.com or (803) 734-2873 for answers on questions of what constitutes a non-essential business.