At noon, all South Carolina state parks will reopen after being closed through April to help slow the spread of COVID-19. State parks will have new restrictions and guidelines to limit the spread such as group facilities, picnic shelters and community buildings, remaining closed, according to information from the state parks’ website.

Interpretive centers and park offices will also remain closed initially or will operate on a limited scale, officials said.

Each state park also plans to lower its carrying capacity, allowing for a limited number of visitors at once. Levels will vary by park and when each reaches its individual capacity, the gates will be closed until the number of guests decreases.

State parks also plan to honor existing camping and cabin reservations that were scheduled to check in beginning on May 1.

The state parks will honor existing camping and cabin reservations that were scheduled to check on May 1. State park visitors centers are scheduled to reopen May 11.

State parks will also not conduct park programs or tours of historic homes or other historic structures, such as the Hunting Island Lighthouse or Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park.

Kayakers at Huntington

A group kayaks through the marsh around Huntington Beach State Park.

Georgetown County will also reopen its public beach accesses and adjacent public parking lots at noon on Friday, as will the town of Pawleys Island.

Georgetown County Council voted Tuesday and Pawleys Island Town Council voted Monday to reopen beaches on Friday only if the Georgetown County Council passed its vote.

Hotels and short-term rental businesses in unincorporated Georgetown County are scheduled to reopen to reservations on Friday, official said. 

However, the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, Veterans Pier and Jetty View Walkway are scheduled to remain closed until May 1, per a Georgetown County Council order on April 21.