COVID 19 and Surfside Beach, SC
Hello from quiet Surfside Beach, SC! There aren't a lot of people around here right now and those who are seem to be abiding by the requests to minimize travel to all but essential businesses and services, practice social distancing and keep to small groups.
As of April 5, 2020, here is the current status of things in South Carolina:
- The Town of Surfside Beach has suspended the rental and use of short-term rentals, hotels, public and private campgrounds, and other overnight accommodations beginning Saturday, March 28, 2020 through April 30, 2020.
- In addition, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has ordered the suspension of short-term rentals and hotels to people from COVID-19 hot spots as currently defined by the CDC. Specific areas mentioned in the order are New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and New Orleans. Certain exemptions apply such as for medical personnel and truck drivers. This order is to remain in effect for the duration of the state of emergency. - Furthermore, visitors from "hot spots" as defined by the CDC must self-quarantine for 14 days immediately upon arrival. This order is also to remain in effect for the duration of the state of emergency.
- Public access to beaches and boat ramps are closed, which essentially means the beaches are closed. Only those who own oceanfront property or have private water access points may use those natural resources.
- Only essential businesses are to be open beginning 4/6/20. Basically, everything is shut down except grocery stores, convenience stores/gas stations, pharmacies and liquor stores (have to give us some means to cope with this surreal situation!). Those restaurants which are open may only offer take-out or delivery of food. (For the list of non-essential businesses which have been ordered to close, click here.)
- South Carolina is currently NOT under a stay-at-home order.
Given the fluidity and rapidity with which things are moving, I cannot predict what the situation will be like by the time your arrival day gets here. I will do everything I can to avoid impacting vacation plans, but I also have to abide by these emergency orders to keep my business license with the Town of Surfside Beach.
For now, let’s all hope and pray these decisions flatten the curve so the order will be lifted soon and folks can enjoy their Surfside Beach vacations as planned!
PLEASE reach out to me directly if you have any questions as to how this might impact your reservation.
Stay safe and distant everyone!