COVID-19 Update: Town Council Repeals Mandatory Mask Ordinance and Other Emergency Restrictions
May 13, 2021 -- 2:00 pm
Emergency Ordinance No. 2021-03
During an emergency meeting on May 13th, Seabrook Island Town Council adopted Emergency Ordinance No. 2021-03, which repealed and replaced all prior emergency restrictions related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Effective immediately, the town has:
While the mandatory mask ordinance has been repealed, the town continues to encourage individuals – especially unvaccinated individuals – to wear a face covering in public settings where they are, will be, or reasonably could be located in close proximity to others who are not members of the same household and where it is not feasible to maintain six (6) feet of separation.
Additionally, Emergency Ordinance No. 2021-03 does not prohibit any businesses or other establishment from developing and implementing its own requirements, restrictions or guidelines, whether related to face coverings or other hygiene-related measures. Residents and visitors are encouraged to follow any such requirements when entering the premises of an establishment.
There are currently three vaccines which have been granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and which have been proven to be safe and effective at preventing COVID-19.
All individuals 12 years of age and older are now eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine. The Town of Seabrook Island encourages all individuals to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Virtual Care and Testing Resources
MUSC Health and Roper St. Francis continue to offer free virtual care screenings to individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. If you or a loved one are experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19, you are encouraged to speak with a provider and, if necessary, be referred for a COVID-19 test. Use the promo code "COVID19" when you log in.
Protect Yourself and Others
To minimize the risk of exposure and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that individuals take the following precautions:
For the most reliable information about COVID-19, including what to do if you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms, residents are strongly encouraged to visit official resources, including the SCDHEC and CDC websites.
Official updates from the Town of Seabrook Island will continue to be posted on the following channels:
Property owners and managers with rental guests should forward this information to their rental guests. Owners and managers of commercial establishments are also encouraged to share this information with their employees.