March 22, 2020: Town of Hilton Head Island Update

Published March 22, 2020

  • 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) have been temporarily suspended.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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. This condition will remain in effect for a period of 60 days or unless rescinded sooner based upon appropriate conditions.
  • With the beach closures, the Town does not have the authority to close private beach accesses. The Mayor stated that people who have private beach access through their homes or rentals in private communities will still be able to access the beach. All beach accesses in Palmetto Dunes are private and are open at this time. Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office will continue to disperse large gatherings of people on the beaches and warn the public that deputies will issue tickets for drinking on the beach.
  • Town Manager Steve Riley answers your questions:
  • Visit the Town’s FAQ page:
  • For additional information on community resource information plase visit:

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