IOP implements further restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19

Lowcountry Beaches

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – The Isle of Palms (IOP) City Council on Wednesday voted to implement additional measures to mitigate COVID-19 spread, effective Friday, July 17.

The additional measures focused mostly on 24/7 parking restrictions, significantly limiting public parking on the island.

Parking will be prohibited on both sides of Palm Boulevard, as well as on the “finger streets” between 3rd and 9th Avenues.

Parking on Hartnett Boulevard between 27th and 29th Avenues will be limited to those using the recreation department.

Municipal parking lot capacity will be reduced to 50%.

There will be a $100 fine for violators of parking restrictions.

Council decided to remove previously proposed language, which would have prohibited beachgoers from bringing chairs, coolers, umbrellas, etc onto beaches. Councilmembers argued that people can effectively social distance on the beach if there are not as many people present.

Exceptions to the parking restrictions include residents (with proper decal), those conducting business, and those working with sea turtles.

The order also implements a 9:00 p.m. curfew for live music/karaoke, and limits restaurant/bar/event venue capacity to 50%.

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