Coronavirus

Beaufort County is carefully monitoring the coronavirus disease 2019 situation and working to keep residents informed during the COVID-19 event.

Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

Yes.

Our convenience centers are still operating normally. For more information about our convenience centers, tap or click here.

Yes.

All Beaufort County boat ramps, public boat landings and waterway access points have reopened as of April 17 at noon per a modified executive order issued by Governor Henry McMaster on April 16.

In addition, Governor McMaster issued an executive order April 20 lifting restrictions on public access to the state’s beaches, public piers, docks and wharfs.

All boating restrictions, as defined by Executive Order 2020-25, have been lifted. All laws and regulations concerning the safe operation of boats in South Carolina will now return to normal.

To read all Governor McMaster’s Executive Orders, click here.

Governor McMaster issued an executive order April 20 lifting restrictions on public access to the state’s beaches, public piers, docks and wharfs.  

They are: 

BEACH AND WATERWAY ACCESS
• Alljoy Beach
• Bermuda Bluff
• Bloody Point
• Coosaw Island
• Lands End Overlooks
• New Daufuskie Beach Access
• Old Daufuskie Beach Access
• Pappy’s Landing
• The Sands

PIERS AND DOCKS
• Bluffton Public Dock
• Broad River Fishing Pier
• Camp St. Mary’s Fishing Pier
• C.C. Haigh, Jr. Landing Fixed Pier
• Daufuskie Landing Fixed Pier
• Factory Creek Fishing Pier
• Jenkins Island Pier
• Old House Creek Pier
• Whale Branch Fishing Pier
• Wimbee Creek Fishing Pier

Public beach access points managed by individual municipalities remain closed until reopened by that municipality’s Council decision.

To read all Governor McMaster’s Executive Orders, click here.

Governor Henry McMaster has announced that attraction facilities will be permitted to open throughout South Carolina beginning Friday, May 22nd. The governor’s announcement comes after AccelerateSC has been meeting for nearly a month to determine the safest ways to reinvigorate the state’s economy.

The “Response” component of AccelerateSC has established exhaustive safety guidelines for businesses that have been allowed to reopen. Guidelines for attraction facilities can be found here and on the AccelerateSC website, along with guidelines for all recently re-opened businesses.

Examples of attraction facilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Zoos
  • Museums
  • Aquariums
  • Planetariums
  • Historic buildings and sites
  • Waterparks
  • Amusement park rides
  • Go-Kart tracks
  • Bingo facilities
  • Miniature golf facilities

Governor McMaster previously announced that restaurants throughout South Carolina will be allowed to reopen for limited dine-in services beginning on Monday, May 11.  Click here for specific guidelines regarding best practices for restaurants.

The governor's executive order April 20 allowed the following businesses to reopen, effective immediately:

  • Furniture and home-furnishings stores
  • Clothing, shoe, and clothing-accessory stores
  • Jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores
  • Department stores, with the exception of hardware and home-improvement stores
  • Sporting goods stores
  • Book, craft, and music stores
  • Flea markets
  • Florists and flower stores

All other businesses previously closed by executive order will remain closed until further notice.

Under the order, retail stores must adhere to strict social-distancing requirements, operating at 20% occupancy or five customers per 1,000 square feet, whichever is less.

In addition, businesses must not knowingly allow customers to congregate within six feet of one another, excluding families, and must follow relevant CDC and DHEC guidelines.

Beaufort County business owners who have questions about whether their business should remain closed or reopen should email covid19sc@sccommerce.com or call 803-734-2873.

For more information, please visit the South Carolina Department of Commerce website.  

To read all Governor McMaster’s Executive Orders, click here.

Answer: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control posts a daily report of how many cases have been reported in each ZIP code across the state. Click here to see that report.

The report includes reported cases, as well as estimated cases. The estimated cases are based on evidence that for every known case of COVID-19, there are up to nine people with the virus who have not been tested or identified, according to DHEC. 

Here is a list of municipalities and locations in Beaufort County with their corresponding ZIP codes: 

  • Beaufort: 29902, 29904, 29906, 29907
  • Bluffton: 29910
  • Dale: 29914
  • Daufuskie Island: 29915
  • Hilton Head Island: 29926, 29928, 29938
  • Lady’s Island: 29907
  • Lobeco: 29931
  • Okatie: 29909
  • Port Royal: 29935
  • Seabrook: 29940
  • Sheldon: 29941
  • St. Helena Island: 29920
  • Yemassee: 29945

Note: DHEC’s data for Beaufort County includes a single case in 29936, which is a Jasper County ZIP code

No.

The statewide “Work-or-Home” order previously issued by Gov. Henry McMaster has been lifted and returned to voluntary status on Monday, May 4.  The now-rescinded order did not include curfews or any time restrictions on travel. 

Yes.

The June 9 statewide primaries and June 23 runoff elections will proceed as scheduled. The South Carolina Election Commission does not have the authority to delay the primaries or deviate from current law. However, in Beaufort County, there will be no Democratic Party Primary as there is no opposition for nominations.

Voting options remain unchanged:

• Applications are available now for voting by mail. 
• In-person absentee voting is available at the Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Beaufort County’s main office, 15 John Galt Road, Beaufort, starting today, May 4. 
• In-person absentee voting at the Bluffton Satellite office, 61B Ulmer Road, Bluffton, will begin Monday, May 11.

Elections officials are taking steps to protect the health of voters and poll managers. Poll managers will receive training on social-distancing and maintaining sanitary conditions in the polling place. Staff will have personal protection equipment and sanitizing wipes for all voting machines, which will be spaced apart to meet guidelines.

Some polling places will be relocated or consolidated due to the pandemic. Elections officials are working to find new locations and recruit new managers; however, some voters will vote at a different polling place. To find out if your polling place has changed, please go to www.scvotes.org.

Before you vote, it is a good idea to verify that you are registered and that your address is up to date. To vote, please bring a photo ID or voter registration card. Also, please bring your own pen to sign in.

For more information, visit the Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Beaufort County at www.beaufortcountysc.gov/vote or call 843-255-6900.

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