Published March 31, 2020
Yesterday, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, as well as the Hilton Head Island Town Council, approved new actions in an effort to lessen the spread of COVID-19 in our community. On Sunday, the federal government announced that they are extending their guidelines to combat the coronavirus pandemic to April 30.
What local, state, national leaders are doing
- Governor Henry McMaster and state public health officials are holding a press conference on coronavirus (COVID-19) today-Tuesday, March 31 at 4pm. You can watch it through these links:
- On Monday, March 30, Gov. Henry McMaster ordered the closure of all public access points to the state’s beaches, as well as closure of all public boat ramps, landings and other access points on the state’s lakes, rivers and waterways. The order does not impact the rights of private property owners living on beaches, lakes, rivers, or waterways in any way.
- (A) The Governor’s Executive Order of March 27, 2020, requires any person who has traveled to Hilton Head Island from any area with substantial community spread of COVID-19, including but not limited to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, the City of New Orleans, Louisiana, is required, to self quarantine for a period of Fourteen (14) Days.(B) The Governor’s Order also applies to anyone who has traveled to such areas and returned to Hilton Head Island.(C) A violation of the Order of the Governor can result in criminal penalties of up to thirty (30) days imprisonment and up to a One Thousand ($1,000.00) Dollar fine.
(D) Any p
- erson who travels to Hilton Head Island from any locality other than those localities named in 1 (A) above is strongly advised and urged to self-quarantine for a period of fourteen (14) days from the date of arrival, and to follow all Centers for Disease Control Guidelines for self-quarantine.
- South Carolina’s public schools will remain closed for the duration of the month of April.
- The following actions were taken at Monday’s Hilton Head Island Emergency Town Council meeting:Issue: Resolution urging rental agencies to voluntarily take certain actions
Relevancy: Council requests voluntary cessation of reservations through April, and no advertising for renters from hard-hit areas.
Amended and unanimously approved. See page 2 of link.Issue: Resolution urging residents and guests regarding exercise
Relevancy: Council requests that limits be placed on the use of automobiles to access recreational activities (including those of POAs and private clubs), specifically encouraging walking and biking; as well as closure of public parking lots.
Status: Unanimously approved. See page 4 of link.
Issue: Resolution urging some businesses to close
Relevancy: Non-essential businesses (defined by Homeland Security Guidelines) and those that haven’t the ability for social distancing are urged by Council to close through April.
Status: Unanimously approved. See page 7 of link.
- Read the Town of HIlton Head Island’s Public Health Advisory
- Important local links:
What the PDPOA is doing
If you have any questions on PDPOA Operations or need assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- PDPOA Administrative and Pass Office lobbies are closed to walk-in traffic through at least April 12. The Pass Office drive-up window remains open with normal operating hours to provide assistance. Many members of our team are available to assist you via phone at 843-785-1109 or online. Click here for our Employee Contact List or email email@example.com.
- Beach accesses remain open for pedestrians and bikers. Parking at the Dunes House and Disney has been closed; however, you may still drop people off at the Dunes House beach access.
- Visitor passes are for guests traveling to and from the residents’ homes. Please do not call in visitor passes for access to the community amenities and parking areas, as this is in direct conflict with state and local directives.
- PDPOA has canceled all meetings and events through April 12. We anticipate extending this to April 30.
- Only emergency ARB applications, and applications that do not require an onsite inspection, will be processed. Such applications include, but are not limited to, reroof, maintenance, repair and upkeep. It will be at the discretion of the PDPOA if a permit is warranted. All other applications will be reviewed after April 30. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- April’s monthly ARB meeting has been canceled. The next monthly ARB meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 18, with submissions due by 3pm on Monday, May 11.
- Personnel will be distributing the Town’s Public Health Advisory to our visitors and guests. We have also asked owners with rental properties and the rental companies to pass out the notice.
- At this time, maintenance is still doing weekly debris pick-ups on Wednesday.
- Palmetto Dunes Cares has approved a grant of $5000 to the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry COVID-19 Response Fund.
- Currently, the security team and all gate operations are operating as normal. However, where the presence of an officer is not immediately necessary, the officer may contact the complainant or violator via telephone to offer a resolution. For emergencies, please dial 911. For non-emergencies, you may call 843-785-1120.
- Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort was one of 12 island companies that announced they will not accept additional arrivals at their rental properties from March 27 through April 9. The Disney Resort remains closed indefinitely and the Omni is closed through May 20. Although occupancy is very low, the Marriott remains open.
- The golf courses in Palmetto Dunes are open for play. All owners and their guests should stay off the courses and cart paths. Please refrain from walking, jogging, and bike riding on the golf course.
What you can do
In order to keep the community safe and avoid spreading the coronavirus, it is important that everyone follow state and town directives and practice social distancing.
In the Community
- If you have recently traveled to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or New Orleans, or have guests or renters visiting from those areas, self quarantine for 14 days per the Governor’s orders.
- Please do not call in visitor passes for access to the community amenities and parking areas. Visitor passes are for guests traveling to and from residents’ homes.
- Check on elderly neighbors and those who live alone to see if they need any assistance. Volunteer to help your Palmetto Dunes neighbors through Neighbors Helping Neighbors.
- Support local restaurants by ordering takeout or delivery. Click here for a list of restaurants offering take-out, delivery, or curbside pick-up.
- Click here for ways to donate to the local community.
Public Health Advisory from the Town of Hilton Head Island
All residents and guests on Hilton Head Island are strongly advised and urged to “shelter-in-place.” This means you should stay in your home except for essential business such as purchasing groceries, medicine, fuel or necessary visits for medical treatment.
All residents and guests on Hilton Head Island are strongly advised and urged to act as if every other person has been exposed to COVID-19 and to follow the advice from medical experts:
- wash your hands frequently;
- avoid touching your face, nose and eyes; and,
- sanitize items from outside your home, such as grocery purchases, deliveries of mail and packages.
Seek medical help immediately if you experience symptoms you believe may indicate you have Coronavirius exposure, or COVID-19, such as:
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
- persistent pain or pressure in the chest;
- confusion or inability to arouse;
- bluish lips or face.
All residents and guests on Hilton Head Island are strongly advised and urged to act as if every other person has been exposed to COVID-19, and practice social distancing, including:
- avoid groups larger that 3 people;
- maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet apart at all times; and,
- completely cover your mouth when coughing and to cover your mouth and nose when sneezing, but not with your hand.
Stay informed on the facts about coronavirus disease and help stop the spread of rumors by making sure your information comes from the proper authorities.