Town of Seabrook Island Issues Public Advisory #21 on COVID-19; Face Coverings Required at All Business Establishments Beginning July 1st
July 1, 2020 -- 12:00 pm
Face Coverings Required at All Business Establishments Beginning July 1st
During an emergency meeting on June 30th, Seabrook Island Town Council adopted Emergency Ordinance 2020-03, which requires the use of face coverings at all "business establishments" within the town. The term "business establishment" is broadly defined and includes "any enterprise that sells or offers goods, merchandise or services to its customers through its employees, independent contractors associated with the business, or volunteers acting on behalf of the enterprise.” The term includes “sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other form of legal entity whether for profit or not for profit, including those referenced and identified as a food provider." This definition includes both "public" and "private" entities as long as they are selling or offering goods, merchandise or services to customers. For the avoidance of doubt, the ordinance applies to all entities inside AND outside the gate, including: Town Hall; SIPOA facilities (including the Lake House); Seabrook Island Club facilities; Bohicket Marina; St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center; and all restaurants, offices and retail stores.
The term "face covering" is defined as a "cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers both the mouth and nose, and which effectively contains the expulsion of respiratory droplets by an individual when coughing, sneezing or talking" and includes "surgical masks, N-95 respirators, face shields, handmade masks, bandanas, and neck gaiters."
Under Emergency Ordinance 2020-03, a face covering is REQUIRED in the following situations:
In addition, each business establishment must post conspicuous signage at all customer entrances to buildings notifying customers that the use of face coverings is mandated by law.
Under Emergency Ordinance 2020-03, a face covering is ENCOURAGED, though not required, in the following situations:
Persons found guilty of violating Emergency Ordinance 2020-03 are subject to a fine of $50.00 per violation, plus required statutory assessments. Businesses found guilty of not requiring employees to wear face coverings shall be subject to a fine of $100.00 per day, plus required statutory assessments. Any business establishment found guilty of violating any provision contained herein may, in addition to any fines, have its business license revoked or suspended. Each violation shall be treated as a separate offense.
The requirements of Emergency Ordinance 2020-03 will be effective as of Wed. July 1st at 12:00 pm, and will remain in effect until August 30th, unless repealed earlier by Town Council. A limited number of exceptions to the ordinance, including individuals who cannot wear a mask due to health or religious reasons, children under 5 years of age, or while eating, drinking or swimming, are provided. For a full list of exceptions, please click to the PDF document below.
Alleged violations of the emergency ordinance may be reported to Seabrook Island Town Hall by phone at (843) 768-9121 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
View Emergency Ordinance 2020-03 (PDF)
On June 30th, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) reported a record number of new daily cases with 1,741 individuals testing positive across the state in a single day. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 36,297. According to SCDHEC, there have been 4,026 confirmed cases in Charleston County and 195 cases in the 29455 Zip Code, which contains Seabrook, Kiawah and Johns Islands. As of June 30th, there were 1,021 inpatient beds being occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19. SCDHEC also reported 17 additional deaths on Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 735.
Virtual Care Resources
MUSC Health and Roper St. Francis are offering 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 general questions about COVID-19, please contact the SCDHEC Care Line at (855) 472-3432. Staff will be available to answer calls from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm seven days a week.
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.