Don’t plan on a short-term rental in Georgetown County at least through April 30.

Holding separate emergency sessions, Georgetown County Council and the Town Council of Pawleys Island voted to halt short-term rentals for the coming month. Those orders are effective immediately.

In addition, Huntington Beach State Park is closed from Saturday, March 30 to Thursday, April 30. Huntington has rental campsites.

Pawleys Council voted in an emergency meeting in the Nature Park adjacent to Town Hall.

Georgetown County Council voted in a telephone conference call.

In each case, people already present on Friday will be allowed to stay for the remainder of their rentals, but no new short-term rentals will be allowed during the ban.

For each of these jurisdictions and for South Carolina State Parks, the actions are taken in an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. That disease, which got its start from bats near the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province, China, has spread to much of the world. Currently, the United States has more cases of Coronavirus than any other country.

For the Town of Pawleys Island, long-term rentals of more than 30 days are permitted by showing a valid lease agreement.

Georgetown County’s emergency ordinance has a provision similar to the one passed in Pawleys Island. The county’s ordinance applies in all unincorporated areas of the county.

Beth Stedman, president and CEO of the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, sent an e-mail to Chamber members shortly after 1 p.m. Friday. She alerted them to these closures and shared copies of the ordinances and a press release from S.C. Parks, Recreation and Tourism about Huntington Beach State Park.

This comes after Horry County, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Surfside enacted similar policies.

The Georgetown Times / South Strand News will have more detailed information in additional stories.