Coronavirus

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

Face Mask Ordinance Frequently Asked Questions

The following FAQs are for general guidance only. For the exact legal language of each ordinance, click on the applicable jurisdiction below:

For more answers to frequently asked questions about the Town of Bluffton’s face mask ordinances, click here; for the City of Beaufort, click here; and for the Town of Hilton Head, click here.

Unless terminated or extended by individual Councils:

  • Unincorporated Beaufort County: through Dec. 19
  • Town of Hilton Head: through Feb. 3
  • Town of Bluffton: through Dec. 13
  • City of Beaufort: through Dec. 11
  • Town of Port Royal: through Dec. 9
  • Yemassee: through Jan. 10

UNINCORPORATED BEAUFORT COUNTY

  • Anyone who is inside a commercial building that is open to the public
  • Employees of all restaurants, retail establishments, salons, grocery stores and pharmacies who are within six feet of the general public or when employees must be in proximity to each other
  • Anyone providing or using public or commercial transportation, including tours
  • All businesses or employees while interacting with people in outdoor spaces, including, but not limited to, curbside pickup, delivery, and service calls

TOWN OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND

  • Any person inside any Commercial Business Establishment
  • All employees of Commercial Business Establishments when in any area where the general public is allowed or when the employees must be in proximity to one another

TOWN OF BLUFFTON

  • Anyone who is inside a building that is open to the public
  • Employees of all restaurants, retail establishments, salons, grocery stores and pharmacies who are in any area where the general public is allowed or when employees must be in proximity to each other
  • Anyone providing or using public or commercial transportation, including tours
  • All businesses or employees while interacting with people in outdoor spaces, including, but not limited to, curbside pickup, delivery, and service calls

CITY OF BEAUFORT

  • All people inside any building open to the public
  • All employees of restaurants, retail establishments, salons, grocery stores, and pharmacies who are in any area where the general public is allowed or when employees must be in proximity to each other
  • Anyone providing or using public or commercial transportation, including tours
  • All businesses or employees while interacting with people in outdoor spaces including, but not limited to, curbside pickup, delivery, and service calls

TOWN OF PORT ROYAL

  • Anyone entering a commercial establishment open to the public
  • Employees at all commercial establishments at all times while having face-to-face interaction with the public

YEMASSEE

  • Anyone who is inside a commercial building that is open to the public
  • Employees of all restaurants, retail establishments, salons, grocery stores and pharmacies at all times when in areas where the general public is allowed
  • Anyone providing or using public or commercial transportation
  • All businesses or employees while interacting with people in outdoor spaces, including, but not limited to, curbside pickup, delivery, and service calls

UNINCORPORATED BEAUFORT COUNTY

  • People who are actively drinking or eating in a restaurant or bar
  • Anyone traveling in a personal vehicle
  • People in churches, child care facilities, schools and gyms (when social distancing policies are in place)
  • People who are receiving medical treatment or care
  • Anyone who is actively swimming in an indoor pool
  • Those who are alone or in the presence of only household members while in an enclosed space
  • Anyone younger than 2 or at the discretion of a parent, custodian or guardian
  • Those who are unable to safely wear a face covering due to age or an underlying health condition
  • Anyone who is unable to remove a face covering without the assistance of others

TOWN OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND

  • Anyone who is unable to safely wear a face covering due to age, an underlying health condition or who is unable to don or remove the face covering without the assistance of others
  • Those eating or consuming food and beverages
  • Anyone receiving medical care or treatment

TOWN OF BLUFFTON

  • People who are actively drinking or eating
  • Anyone traveling in a personal vehicle
  • Those who are alone or in the presence of household members only while in an enclosed space
  • Children younger than 8
  • Those who are unable to safely wear a face covering due to age or an underlying health condition
  • Anyone who is unable to remove a face covering without the assistance of others

CITY OF BEAUFORT

  • Anyone actively drinking or eating
  • Anyone who is unable to safely wear a face mask due to age or underlying health condition or who is unable to remove the mask without the assistance of others
  • Anyone traveling in a personal vehicle
  • Anyone who is alone or in the presence of only household members in an enclosed space

TOWN OF PORT ROYAL

  • Any person at a business and engaged in an activity that makes wearing a mask, face shield or face covering not feasible, such as strenuous physical exercise, performers singing or playing an instrument if at least six feet of distance is maintained from others
  • Any person who is unable to safely wear a face covering due to age, underlying health condition or is unable to remove the face covering without the assistance of others
  • Children younger than 8

YEMASSEE

  • Anyone younger than 8 or unable to safely wear a face covering due to age or an underlying health condition
  • Anyone who is unable to remove the face covering without the assistance of others
  • People traveling in personal vehicles, or when a person is alone or in the presence of household members only in an enclosed space
  • People who are actively drinking or eating

UNINCORPORATED BEAUFORT COUNTY

  • The intent of this ordinance is to educate the public on the importance of wearing face masks to help prevent further spread of COVID-19 and encourage voluntary compliance.

TOWN OF HILTON HEAD

  • Any person found to have violated any provision of the face mask ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 or 30 days in jail.

TOWN OF BLUFFTON

  • Any person who fails to comply with the ordinance shall be guilty of a civil infraction, punishable by a noncriminal fine of not more than $50
  • Each day of a continuing violation of this ordinance shall be considered a separate and distinct offense

CITY OF BEAUFORT

  • Any person in violation of this ordinance, after first receiving a warning, could be deemed guilty of a civil infraction and subject to a Civil Summons punishable by a fine of $50.
  • Police officials, or a city representative appointed by the City Manager, are authorized to issue a Summons for violations they personally witness

TOWN OF PORT ROYAL

  • A person who fails to comply shall be guilty of a civil infraction, punishable by a fine of not more than $50; however, effort shall be made to allow voluntary compliance with the terms of the ordinance prior to the issuance of any citation.

YEMASSEE

  • A person or business that fails to comply with this ordinance shall be guilty of a civil infraction, punishable by a noncriminal fine of not more than $25.
  • Each day of a continuing violation of this ordinance shall be considered a separate and distinct offense

At the gym?

Depends. If social distancing policies are in place at the gym, masks aren’t required in unincorporated Beaufort County. If you’re doing strenuous physical activity in the Town of Port Royal, you aren’t required to wear a mask.

On my daily walk outside?

No.

In the pool?

No.

At the beach?

No.

At a park?

No.

In my yard?

No.

In my home?

No.

UNINCORPORATED BEAUFORT COUNTY

  • Business owners and operators are responsible for informing patrons of the County’s face-covering requirements
  • Business owners and operators shall post conspicuous signage at all entrances of their location informing patrons of the face-covering requirements
  • All businesses must provide their employees with face coverings or materials for making face coverings. Nothing shall prevent an employee from fashioning his or her own cloth face mask.
  • If an employee or customer refuses to wear a face covering for other than medical reasons, a business owner may decline entry or service to that individual.
  • Repeated violations of this ordinance at any business or establishment that is not exempt from the requirements are declared a nuisance and, as such, the County may seek a restraining order, preliminary injunction, permanent injunction, or suspension or revocation of the County-issued business license.

TOWN OF HILTON HEAD

  • Commercial Business Establishments shall post conspicuous signage at all entrances to the establishment informing patrons of the face mask requirement
  • After three warnings, the Town may declare the business a nuisance
  • The Town may seek a restraining order, preliminary injunction, permanent injunction or “any other means authorized under the Laws of the State of South Carolina.”
  • The Town may seek suspension or revocation of the business license issued by the Town.

TOWN OF BLUFFTON

  • Repeated violations of the ordinance by a person who owns, manages, operates or otherwise controls a business subject to this ordinance may result in the suspension or revocation of any occupancy permit or business license issued to the business where the repeated violations occurred
  • Repeated violators will be declared a public nuisance and the Town may seek a restraining order, preliminary and permanent injunctions
  • The Town of Bluffton Municipal Court shall have jurisdiction on any and all infractions

CITY OF BEAUFORT

  • With the exception of their own employees, owners or lease holders of buildings open to the public shall not have responsibility for enforcing the above requirements, but shall post conspicuous signage at all entrances information its patrons of the face mask requirements

TOWN OF PORT ROYAL

  • Businesses shall not have responsibility for enforcing this requirement, but shall post conspicuous signage at all entrances informing patrons of the requirements.
  • Repeat violations by a person who owns, manages, operates or otherwise controls a business subject to the ordinance may result in the suspension or revocation of any occupancy permit or business license issued to a business where the repeated violations occurred.
  • Repeat violators may be declared a public nuisance and the Town may seek a restraining order, preliminary and permanent injunction, or “other means provide for by the town Code of Ordinances and laws of this state.”
  • Every effort shall be made to bring the business into voluntary compliance with the ordinance prior to the issuance of any citation.

YEMASSEE

  • All businesses must provide face coverings or materials for the making of such face coverings for their employees
  • If a worker or customer refuses to wear a cloth face covering for other than medical reasons, a business may decline entry or service to that individual
  • Repeated violations of this ordinance by a person who owns, manages, operates or otherwise controls a business subject to this ordinance may result in the suspension or revocation of any occupancy permit or business license issued to the business where the repeated violations occurred
  • Repeated violations of this ordinance are declared to be public nuisances, which may result in a restraining order, preliminary and permanent injunction, or other means provided for in the Town Code of Ordinances and state law.
  • The Town shall make every effort to bring the business into voluntary compliance with the terms of the ordinance prior to the issuance of any citation

The ordinances for unincorporated Beaufort County, Town of Hilton Head, City of Beaufort and Town of Port Royal all require businesses to post signs alerting patrons they must wear face masks in the building.

The following pre-made materials are available to the public:

  • For unincorporated Beaufort County: Download a PDF here. Download a JPG here.
  • For the Town of Hilton Head: Download signs and other materials here. For FAQs related to Hilton Head, click here.
  • For the City of Beaufort: Download a sign here.
  • For the Town of Port Royal: Download a sign here.
  • For the Town of Bluffton: Download a sign here.

Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

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

Yes.  

Demographic data for the state of South Carolina is available here.  County-by-county demographic data is not available.  

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.

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