We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe while reading this. Our team wanted to give an update for the coronavirus policies currently in place for Hilton Head Island and the surrounding areas.
Governor Henry McMaster announced that there is now a website for all information regarding South Carolina and the Coronavirus. You can find statewide statistics, employment information, openings, and more on this website.
⇒ As of May 4, 2020, restaurants throughout South Carolina are open for outdoor customer dining services in addition to existing, curbside, take out and delivery services. There are many great restaurants in the area with incredible outdoor seating and views. To view the list of restaurants that are open click here.
⇒ The work-or-home order has been lifted and is now a voluntary decision to be made by the individual or business.
⇒ As of May 1, 2020 The governor declared that short-term rentals are now allowed to begin bookings. The 14-day self-quarantine policy when traveling from out of state to South Carolina has been removed as well.
⇒ Our local area has implemented the path forward readiness plan which was created “To ensure a comprehensive start-up strategy for re-entry post COVID-19, incrementally reopen businesses using the appropriate protective measures necessary to safeguard the health of our community, workforce and visitors.”. You can view more information here.
⇒ Some retail stores have been allowed to begin reopening. The stores include:
• 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
these stores will have to keep to the limited occupancy guidelines that have been put in place.
Privately owned beach access remains open and available for use. As of May 1st the Hilton Head Town Council voted to allow Island residents access to Coligny Beach Park and Islanders Beach Park. As stated on the Beaufort County website. You can view instruction and more information at the county website.
With regards to the current real estate market in Hilton Head and Bluffton it has continued to stay active. There have been 121 new listings, 184 new contracts and 130 properties sold between 4/27/20 and 5/6/20.