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Current Hilton Head Island Restrictions

Individuals Required to Wear Face Coverings in Commercial Business Establishments

Mask UP! It's the Law on Hilton Head IslandTown Coucil adopted Emergency Ordinance 2020-14 pdf icon requiring individuals to wear face coverings in commercial business establishments in the municipal limits of the Town of Hilton Head Island effective 11:59 pm on June 30, 2020.


Any person entering a commercial business establishment within the Town's municipal limits must wear a face covering. A face covering means a cloth of other type of masking device that covers the wearer's nose and mouth, and which remains in place without the use of the wearer's hands. A commercial business establishment means any establishment located in a closed building or other indoor environment that primarily sells goods or services, or a combination of them, to the general public, including but not limited to grocery stores, restaurants, lobbies and public spaces in hotels, motels and timeshare complexes, pharmacies, bars, salons, retails stores, medical and dental offices.

Exceptions to this requirement include: any person who is unable to safely wear a Face Covering due to age, an underlying health condition, or who is unable to don or remove the Face Covering without the assistance of others, any person eating or consuming food and beverages; and persons receiving medical care or treatment.

Violators may be subject to a misdemeanor criminal offense, which carries a $500 fine or a 30 day jail sentence. Non-compliant businesses may have their business licenses suspended or revoked.

View our Frequently Asked Questions About Wearing Face Coverings

Mask Up Campaign Resources

Restaurants and Bars

Governor McMaster Prohibits Alcohol Sales at Bars and Restaurants After 11 pm

To help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 between young adults in South Carolina, Governor Henry McMaster announced that the sale of alcoholic beverages in all bars and restaurants throughout the state will be prohibited after 11 pm each night. The governor's order will go into Saturday, July 11 at 11 pm.

Restaurants Are Able to Open for Limited Dine-in Services Monday, May 11

Governor Henry McMaster announced that restaurants throughout South Carolina will be allowed to reopen for limited dine-in services beginning on Monday, May 11. Executive Order No. 2020-34 pdf icon

Governor McMaster has established guidelines for restaurants to follow if and when they choose to open for dine-in services. Those guidelines include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Only allow 50% of posted occupancy inside, as determined by fire marshals
  • Tables should be spaced 6-8 feet apart
  • Additional cleaning and sanitizing guidelines for equipment, tables, chairs, etc.
  • Additional guidance for health checks for all employees
  • Social distancing guidance for employees and customers, including recommended

View the Guidelines for Opening Restaurants

Restaurants may provide outdoor customer dining service in addition to existing take out, curbside, and delivery services

Governor McMaster issued Executive Order No.2020-31 pdf icon authorize Restaurants to provide outdoor customer dining services, effective Monday, May 4, 2020.

Town's Public Beach Access and Parks

Access to and services at all Town public beach and recreationalparks has beenfully restored. All bathrooms, playgrounds and picnic shelters will be open. Learn more...
  • Islanders Beach is only accessible to beach parking pass holders.
  • Burkes Beach visitors must park at the Chaplin Community Park. Metered spaces and on-street parking along Burkes Beach Road is terminated until further notice.
  • Free overflow parking will be available at Cast Net Court for Burkes Beach visitors and at the USCB Hospitality Campus, 1 Sand Shark Drive, for Coligny Beach Park visitors. From 10 am - 3 pm Saturday and Sunday, Palmetto Breeze will shuttle beach visitors back and forth for free from the campus to Coligny Beach Park.


Attraction facilities will be permitted to open beginning Friday, May 22nd

Governor McMaster issued Executive Order No. 2020-40 pdf icon which declares a new state of emergency, allows bowling alleys to open immediately, and lifts restrictions on the occupancy of retail establishments.

Additional Businesses, Gyms, Pools are Able to Open Monday, May 18

Governor McMaster announced that close contact service providers, fitness and exercise centers, commercial gyms, and public or commercial pools will be able to open in a limited capacity on Monday, May 18.

Close contact service providers include the following businesses:

  • Barber shops
  • hair salons
  • waxing salons
  • threading salons
  • nail salons and spas
  • body-art facilities and tattoo services
  • tanning salons
  • massage-therapy establishments
  • massage services

The "Response" component of accelerateSC, with advice and recommendations from the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), have developed general guidelines for close contact service providers, along with specific guidelines for cosmetology establishments, gyms and fitness centers, and public or commercial pools.

Governor McMaster directed the closure of "Non-Essential" businesses with Executive Order No. 2020-17pdf icon. Effective 5:00 pm on April 1, 2020, venues, facilities, services and activities for public use will close temporarily.

"Non-essential" businesses, venues, facilities, services, and activities will be closed to non-employees and will not be open for access or use by the public or shall not take place. This includes businesses where access is limited and based on membership.

The governor has ordered that all retail business still operating limit customer activity by only allowing five customers per 1000 square feet or 20% of their posted capacity in a store, whichever is less.

Effective April 20, 2020, Governor McMaster issued Executive Order No. 2020-28 authorizing some businesses which were previously deemed "non-essential" and directed to close, to re-open to non-employees and for access or use by the public, subject to the emergency rules and restrictions set forth in the order.

View the Non-essential Business List

Emergency Access Restrictions for Public Waters Lifted

Governor McMaster has lifted all boating restrictions effective immediately. All laws and regulations concerning the safe operation of boats in South Carolina will now return to normal.

Mandatory Home or Work Order Lifted

Governor McMaster issued Executive Order No.2020-31 pdf icon that the statewide "Work-or-Home" order will be lifted and returned to voluntary status on Monday, May 4th.

Restrictions on New Reservations for Short-Term Rentals Lifted

Governor McMaster issued Exceutive Order No. 2020-30 pdf icon rescinding the Mandatory Self-Quarantine and Lodging and Travel Restrictions for Individuals Entering South Carolina from High-Risk Areas.