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Current Hilton Head Island Restrictions

Relaxed Temporary Sign Regulations

The Town of Hilton Head Island has relaxed temporary sign regulations, effective Monday, July 27, 2020 through Monday, September 7, 2020.

Temporary signs will be allowed without a permit. However, the following guidelines should be followed:

  • Each business is permitted to have one sign per street frontage.
  • Each sign should be no larger than 18 inches x 24 inches.
  • Each sign must be located on the same site as the business.

Banners (no larger than 24 inches x 48 inches) will also be permitted to be located on buildings during this same time period.

Individuals Required to Wear Face Coverings in Commercial Business Establishments

Mask UP! It's the Law on Hilton Head IslandTown Council adopted Emergency Ordinance 2020-18 pdf icon to extend requiring face coverings. This supersedes the original ordinance. The new Ordinance will run 60 days from August 18, 2020; it will expire automatically on October 17, 2020 or the end of the State of Emergency.

Town 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

Additional Restrictions on Restaurants

Governor Henry McMaster announced that all previously recommended guidelines for restaurants and other establishments that attract groups of people are now mandatory, effective Monday, August 3.

The guidelines for restaurants are now mandatory and include the following:

  • Operating dine-in services at no more than 50% of the certificate of occupancy issued by the fire marshal.
  • Employees and patrons shall be required to wear masks or face coverings.
  • Tables are to be spaced to keep diners at least six feet apart.
  • No more than 8 customers per table unless from the same family.
  • Standing or congregating in bar area of restaurant is prohibited.

View the Guidelines for Opening Restaurants

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.

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.

Special Events

The Town has currently suspended processing special event permits for events of 500 or more persons and all events on Town-owned properties until November 1st, 2020.

If you wish to have an event over 250 persons you are required to request approval from the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

Learn More SC Special Event Requirements and View Available Resources


Theaters & Mass Gathering Facilities May Reopen with Required Guidelines

Governor McMaster announced that effective August 3, 2020, other types of businesses, facilities, venues, events or mass gatherings which are permitted to open but are required to implement AccelerateSC guidelines include the following: festivals, parades, concerts, theaters, stadiums, arenas, coliseums, auditoriums, grandstands, amphitheaters, gymnasiums, concert halls, dance, halls, performing arts centers, parks, racetracks, or similarly operated entities. These guidelines include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Attendance may not exceed 50% of the certificate of occupancy issued by the fire marshal – or 250 persons- whichever is less
  • Require the wearing of masks or face coverings as a condition of admission or participation
  • Enact social distancing, cleaning and hygiene practices as recommended by AccelerateSC
  • End the sale of alcohol at 11:00 pm

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.

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.

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.