IOP to reopen beach access with some restrictions

Charleston County News

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – Isle of Palms City Council voted on Monday to follow Governor McMaster’s lead and reopen public beach access, with some stipulations.

As of 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, those on the island will be allowed to use the beaches for recreation but will not be allowed to remain stationary. Exceptions will be made for those with medical conditions requiring them to take breaks.

During Monday’s specially called emergency meeting, city council spoke to MUSC Doctor Edward O’Bryan and a DHEC representative as they work to develop a plan for a gradual reopening of the island.

Social distancing will still be enforced, and groups of three or more are subject to being dispersed.

Restricted access to the island and the ban on short-term rentals will continue through the end of April. City Council will meet Tuesday, April 28th to discuss whether or not to extend the city’s restrictions including the ban on short term rentals.

Mayor Jimmy Carroll says city council will continue to consult with Dr. O’Bryan as they chart the path to reopening the island to non-residents over the coming weeks.

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