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Current Hilton Head Island Restrictions

Town's Public Beach Access and Parks

Public Beach Access

Starting Friday, May 22, all of Hilton Head Island's public beach accesses and parking will be open.

  • Parking fees will be reinstated and meters will be operational at beach parks where they are located.
  • Beach Pass holders may park in any marked space without paying an additional fee.
  • Vehicles that are illegally parked in unmarked spaces or along road rights of way will be towed.

Community Parks

In addition the following Community Parks are open with restrictions:

Park Amenities

  • Playground equipment and picnic tables are still off limits.
  • Parking spaces and bathrooms at parks will be available.
  • Team sports are not permitted.

Mask & Maintain: Keep Your Distance to Slow the Spread of the Coronavirus
Beach and park visitors are encouraged to wear masks in public and practice social or physical distancing by keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home.


All Restaurants and Bars closed to Dine-In Services

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

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


Closure of Non-Essential Businesses

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

Commercial gyms will include group exercise facilities such as yoga studios, barre classes, and others.

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

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.