COVID-19 Statement Concerning the Hilton Head Island Beaches from Stephen Riley, Town Manager

Staff Report From Low Country CEO

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

The Town of Hilton Head Island is sending a strong message across the country that as other communities close their beaches, the parties and bad behavior are not welcome here. This is about a desire for responsible behavior, respect for your fellow citizen, and the importance of social distancing. If you abide by these guidelines you should be fine.

Hilton Head Island Important Facts

Town Manager Steve Riley answers your questions 3/20/2020-

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The Town's public beaches will be closed until further notice. All of the Town's public beach parking areas, to include restrooms and other public facilities, will be closed effective March 21st 2020. This condition will remain in effect for a period of 60 days or unless rescinded sooner based upon appropriate conditions.

Effective Monday, March 23,2020 Town Hall will be closed to the public until further notice. This is in an effort to Town Hall visitors and employees, and minimize opportunities to spread COVID-19 in our community. This includes Fire Rescue Headquarters and Fire Stations.

Town staff will be available to respond to public requests by phone or email. The public is also encouraged to access some services online through the Town's website at

The tolls to access the Cross Island Parkway (Hilton Head Island) will be temporarily suspended at 10:00 p.m.on 03/20/2020.

Island stores with hours for seniors

Dollar General 6 Palmetto Parkway 8-9 am Mon-Fri
Publix Super Market #473 45 Pembroke Drive 7-8 am Tues-Wed
Publix Super Market #700 11 Palmetto Bay Road 7-8 am Tues-Wed
Whole Foods Market 50 Shelter Cove Lane 7-8 am Tues-Wed
Bi-Lo 70 Pope Ave 8-9 am Mon-Fri but are not turning away other customers
Fresh Market 890 William Hilton Parkway 8-9 am Mon-Fri but are not turning away other customers


For additional information on community resource information please visit our Community Resources Page.


As of Friday, March 20, 2020 SCDHEC reported the following:

Positive Tests in SC


Positive Tests in Beaufort County


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Fire Rescue placed an additional ambulance in service that is dedicated to 911 calls for patients with flu-like symptoms. As we continue to plan for and respond to potential COVID-19 cases, Fire Rescue will increase our level of personal protective equipment (PPE) on select incidents. This means you may see our staff wearing a mask, eye protection, and gowns as guidelines require.

Fire Rescue also activated the enhanced screening of all medical-related 911 calls, to determine if Fire and EMS personnel could be responding to a potential case of the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19. When calling 911 for emergency assistance please be prepared to answer a series of questions so that the appropriate response can be sent to you as quickly as possible. Rest assured while the call taker is asking the questions Fire Rescue units are being dispatched to your location.

All restaurants and other food service establishments are mandated to cease all on-premises service. However, such establishments may continue to operate their kitchens for drive-thru, delivery, take-out, and exterior pick-up food services.

All public gatherings of any type, whether organized or otherwise, of greater than 50 persons are prohibited. All organized recreational activities and activities for which a special event permit (required for any event having more than 500 attendees) has already been acquired from the Town for use on Town owned properties is canceled. This cancellation applies to any special event permit that was issued for events set to take place between now and March 31, 2020.

Businesses must renew their licenses by April 30, but we know there are some businesses that will be struggling at this time. Therefore, we have decided to waive penalties and late fees for businesses that may not meet that renewal deadline. You may renew business licenses online at For more information, call our Revenue and Services office at 843-341-4677.

These measures are being put in place for the protection of the community, visitors, and employees to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the healthcare system is not overwhelmed. The Town will continue to assess the situation and make changes as necessary. Updates will be available on the Town's website at and its social media sites listed below:

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