During the Tuesday evening Georgetown County Council meeting, members voted to approve reopening beach access points in the unincorporated parts of the county. The access points and parking areas will reopen at noon on Friday, May 1.
On Monday, Pawleys Island Town Council approved a motion to reopen public beach access points on the island, contingent on the action taken by County Council on Tuesday, April 28.
In Monday’s meeting, Pawleys Mayor Brian Henry noted that Huntington Beach State Park would be opening on Friday.
Sheriff Carter Weaver showed a PowerPoint presentation and said that for the most part his deputies didn’t have problems with people on the beaches. Deputies contacted about 30 and asked them to comply with the Governor’s order about social distancing. Weaver said most people are voluntarily compliant. Weaver also said the Sheriff’s Office has not been affected by the COVID-19 virus and the department is fully staffed. If Council were to approve the reopening, he said before the vote, his staff would be out in full force to be available in the beach areas.
The Georgetown County Council emergency meeting on April 21 had said that the beach accesses would remain closed until May 15. The vote on April 28 changed that to noon on May 1.
The Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, Jetty View Walkway and Veterans’ Pier will remain closed until May 15.
The various orders about social distancing and group size remain in effect.
People still need to keep at least six feet apart, other than family members who live in the same household. Also, no more than three people may be in a group, other than those family members.