During an emergency meeting this afternoon, Charleston County Council adopted an ordinance declaring the existence of a State of Emergency due to civil unrest. As part of this ordinance, the county has imposed a curfew between the hours of 6:00 pm on Mon. June 1st and 6:00 am on Tue. June 2nd. This curfew will apply only to unincorporated areas of the county (ie. outside the corporate limits of a city or town).
As of 4:30 pm today, several municipalities throughout the county have implemented (or are in the process of implementing) curfews, including: Charleston, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Kiawah Island and Sullivans Island. Some municipal curfews will begin at 6:00 pm, while others are expected to start at 8:00 or 9:00 pm this evening.
At this time, the Mayor has not imposed a curfew within the town limits of Seabrook Island. The town will continue to monitor the ongoing situation and will distribute additional information if circumstances warrant.
Residents and visitors who are planning to drive to or from Seabrook Island between Monday evening and early Tuesday morning are strongly advised to check with local authorities before departing so as to avoid violating a county or municipal curfew. As a reminder, all areas of Johns Island and West Ashley will be subject to Charleston city and county curfews. Stores and restaurants at Freshfields Village, which is located in the town limits of Kiawah Island, may also close early due to an expected curfew in Kiawah Island.
For more information about the Charleston County curfew, please visit the Charleston County website. To view the county's emergency ordinance, please click here.
Property owners and managers with rental guests should forward this information to their rental guests. Owners and managers of commercial establishments within the town, especially those with employees who reside in an area subject to a curfew, are also encouraged to share this information with their employees.