Georgetown County Sheriff Office emphasized that social distancing guidelines are still in effect as public boat landings in South Carolina reopen today.

“Please keep your distance, so my deputies can keep theirs,” Carter Weaver, Sheriff of Georgetown County, said.

Deputies will monitor boating activity, making sure people are following social distancing guidelines.

Landings will be available for launching and retrieving boats by the public, and associated parking areas will be open.

The revision of Gov. Henry McMaster’s order to close the landings does not change social distancing guidelines and authorizes the managing authority of any public landing to close or restrict public access if it determines that such action is necessary to preserve or protect public health.

Boats are limited to groups of no more than two people, with the exception of family members from the same household. Beaching or rafting of boats, whether on a sandbar, lakeshore, riverbank or island, is still prohibited. Boats must remain underway at all times unless critical circumstances exist or if boaters are anchoring to fish. Piers, docks and wharfs remain closed along with public beach access points.