Hilton Head’s public beaches to close for 60 days amid COVID-19 outbreak

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (WSAV) – Public beaches will be closed on Hilton Head Island starting Saturday morning, Mayor John McCann announced Friday.

The measure will be in effect for at least 60 days unless rescinded sooner.

In private neighborhoods, like Sea Pines, residents will still have access to beaches.

McCann said the town will be towing cars that park illegally to get beach access, adding that he’s working out penalties with the sheriff’s office.

It appears this comes upon recommendation from Gov. Henry McMaster.

Hear more from McCann:

The mayor said the measure is being put into place for the health and safety of the island and to prevent vacationers to come to Hilton Head from other beaches that have closed.

“Everybody is closing their beaches and what I’m looking to do is not to have the next wave of people come here that can’t go somewhere else,” said McCann.

“I’m looking to say that if you can’t go to Tybee, you can’t come here,” he said. “This is not the last resort along the way.”

Meanwhile, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) says it’s increasing its presence on beaches throughout the county to remind people of Gov. Henry McMaster’s order prohibiting the gathering of 50 or more people in public places.

“If necessary, deputies will issue citations or make arrests for violations of South Carolina laws, which include open container (alcohol) violations and the now in effect law ‘illegal acts under state of emergency,'” BCSO stated, adding, “The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office cares about your health and safety, and thanks you for continuing to remain calm and courteous with one another through these concerning times.”

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