April 7: SC Gov. Issues “Home or Work” Order

Governor Issues Mandatory “Home or Work” Order
Yesterday, Governor Henry McMaster issued Executive Order 2020-21, which includes a mandatory “Home or Work” order and mandates capacity limitations to retail businesses still operating.

The governor’s “Home or Work” order goes into effect today, Tuesday, April 7 at 5pm. Permitted travel includes commuting for work, visiting family, and obtaining essential goods or services. The order will not impact any individual’s ability to exercise outdoors or go for a walk as a family, but everyone should act responsibly and practice social distancing and proper personal hygiene.

No additional businesses or activities will be limited as a result of this order.

The governor has also ordered that all retail businesses 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.

Click here to read the full order.

Emergency Town Meeting-Today
Town of Hilton Head Island will hold an Emergency Town Council meeting today at 2pm. This meeting can be viewed online:
Town’s Facebook page
http://facebook.com/TownofHiltonHeadIslandSC or Town’s Website https://www.hiltonheadislandsc.gov/

Short-Term Rentals
In addition to closing non-essential businesses, the Governor ordered short-term rentals, vacation rentals, hotels, motels and other lodging to not make or accept any new guest reservations at this time from individuals in areas where COVID-19 is widespread, primarily the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Palmetto Dunes Resort is not accepting any new reservations through April 30. They are also not accepting any reservations from CDC identified hot spots: New York, New Jersey and Connecticut until further notice. Many resort amenities including tennis, pickleball, bike and kayak rentals are all closed.

Hilton Head Farmer’s Market Open on Tuesdays
The Hilton Head Farmers Market, held on Tuesday mornings from 9am-1pm at Honey Horn, will continue to operate. The market offers an open air place for people to get food and shop without going to the grocery store.

Non-Essential Businesses Closed
Under Governor McMaster’s latest executive order signed on Friday, April 3, the list of non-essential businesses expanded to include retail stores that were to be closed by 5pm yesterday:
furniture and home-furnishings stores
clothing, shoe, and clothing-accessory stores
jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores
department stores, with the exception of hardware and home-improvement stores
sporting goods stores
book, craft, and music stores
flea markets
florists and flower stores.

Additional Closures

  • All Town of Hilton Head Island public parks are closed.
  • Public access points to beaches, as well as public boat ramps, landings and other access points on the state’s waterways are closed.
  • All of South Carolina’s restaurants are closed to dine-in service. Many local restaurants are offering delivery, take-out, & curbside delivery options.
  • South Carolina public schools are closed through April 30.
  • Most events have been canceled or rescheduled.

Pass Lane Closure
We are tentatively planning to close the pass office windows this Thursday and Friday to allow for paving of the pass lanes. During the closure, passes will be available at the gates.We will be sending out more information later this week.

Watch Out for Scams
Every crisis or situation presents a new opportunity for scammers to take advantage of people. The Internal Revenue Service warns taxpayers to be on the lookout for a surge of calls and email phishing attempts about the coronavirus. These contacts can lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft. With stimulus payments on the way to many taxpayers, please be alert as scammers will attempt to intercept that payment.

The IRS reminds taxpayers that scammers may:

  • Emphasize the words “Stimulus Check” or “Stimulus Payment.” The official term is economic impact payment.
  • Ask the taxpayer to sign over their economic impact payment check to them.
  • Ask by phone, email, text or social media for verification of personal and/or banking information saying that the information is needed to receive or speed up their economic impact payment.
  • Suggest that they can get a tax refund or economic impact payment faster by working on the taxpayer’s behalf. This scam could be conducted by social media or even in person.
  • Mail the taxpayer a bogus check, perhaps in an odd amount, then tell the taxpayer to call a number or verify information online in order to cash it.

Outdoor Burning Ban
All outdoor burning will be prohibited on Hilton Head Island in accordance with the State Forester’s Burning Ban for all South Carolina counties. This includes burning of yard waste and recreational burning. The ban is in effect until further notice. Click here for more information.

Please Stay Healthy and Safe
As we move through this concerning coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner and the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Beaufort County residents for their continued compliance with social distancing and the governor’s executive order, and for their cooperation and courtesy with first responders and each other. Please stay healthy and safe. Any concerns regarding possible violations of the provisions of the governor’s coronavirus (COVID-19) executive order, should be directed to law enforcement at 843-255-3200.

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