Good morning, everyone!
- The latest storm information from Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Tom Dunn, is attached. Chief Alexander suggests that all owners take heed of the pending storm conditions, stay tuned to local news outlets, try to stay indoors as much as possible and to secure any outdoor equipment to avoid property damage. As you may have already noticed, surf is very rough at the beach and the wind has already picked up in that area. The Shipyard Welcome Center will close at noon to provide personnel time to get to their homes safely before the storm’s projected arrival time of 2pm. However, gate personnel will be available for pass requests, etc. at (843) 785-4776. The Town of Hilton Head offices will also be closed as of noon today.
- We have received several calls about mask requirements on Hilton Head Island, so we wanted to share the language from the Town ordinance as a source of clarification. Town Council adopted Emergency Ordinance 2020-14 requiring individuals to wear face coverings in commercial business establishments in the municipal limits of the Town of Hilton Head Island effective 11:59 pm on June 30, 2020. Any person entering a commercial business establishment within the Town’s municipal limits must wear a face covering. A face covering means a cloth or other type of masking device that covers the wearer’s nose and mouth, and which remains in place without the use of the wearer’s hands. A commercial business establishment means any establishment located in a closed building or other indoor environment that primarily sells goods or services, or a combination of them, to the general public, including but not limited to grocery stores, restaurants, lobbies and public spaces in hotels, motels and timeshare complexes, pharmacies, bars, salons, retails stores, medical and dental offices. Exceptions to this requirement include any person 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, any person eating or consuming food and beverages; and persons receiving medical care or treatment. Violators may be subject to a misdemeanor criminal offense, which carries a $500 fine or a 30-day jail sentence. Non-compliant businesses may have their business licenses suspended or revoked.
Stay safe, and please note that we will send any other relevant weather information as it becomes available. Thanks!