COVID-19 Travel Information

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We are here to support you during this time and make your travel plans easier. Our teams at South Carolina’s Tourism Marketing Commission and the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce are available to answer questions regarding your destination, attractions and events. If you have any questions specifically about reservation details regarding your accommodation, we recommend that you reach out to the property directly.

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Please be advised that the Georgetown County government and the City of Georgetown government have both passed Emergency Ordinances on July 2, 2020, that require face masks to be worn in businesses frequented by the public for the next 60 days. The ordinances were passed after COVID cases in Georgetown County have continued to spike in recent days. Similar ordinances have been initiated throughout South Carolina, including those by the City of Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and the City of Charleston, among many others.

The Georgetown County ordinance says that all persons above the age of 10 entering a foodservice establishment, grocery store, retail store, or pharmacy located within the corporate boundaries of Georgetown County must wear a face covering while inside the establishment. The City of Georgetown ordinance follows the same basic requirements.

For more detail, the county ordinance says:

• Employees must wear masks. All foodservice establishments, grocery stores, retail stores, and pharmacies within the corporate boundaries of Georgetown County must require each employee to wear a face covering at all times while having face-to-face interaction with the public.

• Exemptions. Any individual who is unable to safely wear a face covering due to age, an underlying health condition, or is unable to remove the face covering without the assistance of others is exempt from this Ordinance.

• While eating or drinking. Any individual who is actively drinking or eating is not required to don a face covering during such acts. Further, any patron of a foodservice establishment is exempt while dining therein.

• Fines. Any person who fails to comply with this Emergency Ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor offense, punishable by a fine of $25 per occurrence. Each day of a continuing violation of this Ordinance shall be considered a separate and distinct offense. Repeated violations of this Emergency Ordinance is hereby declared to be a public nuisance which may be enforced by other means provided for by the laws of Georgetown County and the State of South Carolina.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends certain measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Even on vacation, we ask you to follow these guidelines, and local law enforcement are able to make sure the public adheres to accepted guidelines.

• Wear a mask when in public. The mask should cover your mouth and nose. Wearing a mask protects everyone. A self-made mask is acceptable.

• Stay at least 6 feet about from other people.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw away the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. If you do not have the ability to wash your hands, please use hand sanitizer.

• Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

• Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

• Following these steps help protect fellow visitors and full-time residents. We can all stay safe by following these few easy steps.

Below are some of the updates that took place during various periods during COVID-19 measures by the state of South Carolina.

LATEST UPDATE June 10 at 6 p.m:

In South Carolina, there is no law in place requiring masks to be worn in public, however, on June 10, Dr. Linda Bell, South Carolina’s state epidemiologist, and SC Gov. Henry McMaster strongly urged the public to continue to wear masks and practice social distancing.

“The answer,” Gov. McMaster said, “is individual responsibility.”

So while masks are not mandated, they are strongly recommended to ensure the safety of South Carolinians and visitors.

We do believe that people can enjoy our beaches without masks and easily practice social distancing there.

When in shopping in businesses or in large groups, however, it is recommended to wear masks.

Please be aware that not all pools are open. If this is of importance to you, it is recommended you ask the rental property of your choice if the pool is open or closed there.

Most restaurants are open here, but are operating a reduced seating capacity. Almost all are offering takeout opportunities.

In additional to our pristine beaches, our beautiful region has many outdoor activities, such as kayaking, fishing, golfing, etc. that provide many social-distancing opportunities.

LATEST UPDATE MAY 1 at 4:20p.m:

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has withdrawn his executive order that had banned rental reservations from residents who lived in COVID-19 hotspots, as designated by the CDC, such as New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Update May 1 at 8 a.m.:

Public beach access points are once again open for South Carolina’s Hammock Coast.

Rental reservations are also being accepted beginning today (May 1) with just a couple of restrictions.

The Town of Pawleys Island, which is located on the historic sea island, is allowing reservations beginning May 8. (This is a change from an earlier adopted date of May 15.)

Huntington Beach State Park, which is located in Murrells Inlet, is accepting reservations beginning May 11.

Aside from those listed above, all areas of the Hammock Coast (Georgetown County, South Carolina) are accepting reservations beginning today. Those areas include the southern portion of Garden City, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield Beach, mainland Pawleys Island and Georgetown.

The governor’s order still stands that residents and visitors must strictly adhere to social-distancing guidelines. Beaches in the unincorporated area of Georgetown County include DeBordieu, Litchfield Beach, Murrells Inlet and the southern portion of Garden City. The MarshWalk, Jetty View Walk and Veterans Pier in Murrells Inlet will remain closed until May 15.

Update April 28, 6:30 p.m.:

The Georgetown County council voted April 28 to reverse an earlier decision to close public beach access through May 15 in the unincorporated areas of Georgetown County. The new date to reopen public access to beaches is now May 1. Short-term rentals will also be allowed to resume May 1. However, there is still a statewide executive order from Gov. Henry McMaster that prohibits visitors to South Carolina from so-called hotspots, notably New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Beaches in the unincorporated area of Georgetown County include DeBordieu, Litchfield Beach, Murrells Inlet and the southern portion of Garden City. The MarshWalk, Jetty View Walk and Veterans Pier in Murrells Inlet will remain closed until May 15.

The Town of Pawleys Island council voted April 27 to extend closure of public beach access until May 1. The council, however, voted to not allow short-term rentals until May 15. All dates are subject to change.

Update April 27, 2:45 p.m.:

This morning, the Town of Pawleys Island council voted to extend closure of public beach access from April 27 until May 1. The council also voted to not allow short-term rentals until May 15. All dates are subject to change.

Update April 26: Decisions on Renewals or Lifting Closures Set for Week of April April 26

HUNTINGTON BEACH STATE PARK will re-open May 1. Group facilities like community buildings and picnic shelters will remain closed. Gathering places like interpretive centers also will be closed. Parks also will lower their carrying capacity levels, limiting the number of people who can be on the park property at one time. Reservations for camping will not be taken for dates before May 11.

PUBLIC ACCESS POINTS for the beach in the Town of Pawleys Island will remain closed until at least Monday, April 27, at noon. Pawleys Island Town Council will meet again Monday morning, April 27, at 10:30 a.m. to decide if the closure will be extended or lifted and to discuss short-term vacation rental check-ins.

PUBLIC ACCESS POINTS for Unincorporated Georgetown County Beaches will remain closed until May 15 or until County Emergency Ordinance 20-20 is rescinded. This includes the Georgetown County side of Garden City and Litchfield beaches. The MarshWalk, Jetty View Walk and Veterans Pier in Murrells Inlet will also remain closed. Read the ordinance here:

As of today, in unincorporated Georgetown County, short-term rentals remain suspended through April 30, 2020.

Travel Safety Awareness

We understand that many people still want to travel and escape to South Carolina’s Hammock Coast during this time.

It’s important that when doing so, you are safe and responsible, following the suggestions put forth from health experts.

Here is specific information from the CDC regarding travel. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. As a reminder, the Department of Health always recommends everyday preventive actions to help impede the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

*Wearing a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth when in public, especially when you are indoors.

*Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;

*If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty, and;

*Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

*Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;

*Staying home when you are sick;

*Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;

*Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;

We encourage you to refer to the CDC for the most up-to-date travel information.