Effective today, Friday, March 27, 2020, at 8:00 p.m.
The City of Folly Beach will be suspending checkpoint operations based on guidance from the Attorney General of South Carolina. The City will no longer restrict access to the City pending further direction from Governor McMaster.
restrictions on short-term rentals and other overnight
accommodations are lifted at this time. The
beach will be open, however, the Governor has
ordered everyone to maintain
social distance and we will work to disperse all crowds.
Rentals, Hotels, and Other
Overnight Accommodations may
permit new check-ins. However,
all guests should be advised that they are subject to all executive orders
issued by Governor McMaster.
must follow Governor McMaster’s orders and CDC guidelines.
?Construction and service businesses may continue with building permit (if applicable) and 2020 Folly Beach business license. Please expect substantial delays in processing new building permits and business license applications. To apply for a new permit or license, please visit our Virtual City Hall at https://www.cityoffollybeach.com/virtual-city-hall/
Operations and Other Information
- Charleston County School District has extended school closures through April 13; they continue to provide free “grab and go” lunches to all students (whether or not they previously qualified for free or reduced lunch); the nearest drive-through location is Harbor View Elementary on Harbor View Road.
- 2. City Parks, Playgrounds, and Facilities are closed consistent with Charleston County Parks and Recreation. The boat landing is open for use.
- 3. City Trash operations will continue on a normal schedule. Please check Charleston
- 4. Municipal Court will be canceled through April 30, 2020, except for emergency matters.
- 5. Public Safety will respond to calls, but please expect extra questions from Dispatch to screen for COVID symptoms for the safety of the public and our officers. Please use the Dispatch phone number (843-588-2433) rather than walk-in for non-emergency questions. The station will be closed to the public for tours and drop-ins.
- 6. City Hall is operating via virtual, phone, and dropbox operations until further notice.
nonessential business walk-in customer service is terminated at this
b. Building permits and business licenses may
be applied for online, but
please expect delays as staff
focuses on emergency operations.
c. Parking and Court tickets can only be paid
online or by mail to PO Box 48/Folly Beach, SC 29439d.
payments can be made online via credit card or through the drop box in the lobby of City Hall, or by mail to PO Box 48/Folly Beach,
we will accept credit card payments
over the phone during the declared state of emergency.
- 7. All Charleston County Libraries (including Folly Beach) are closed to patrons until further notice.
- 8. Charleston County Parks are closed: Visit their Alert Center for updates.
- 9. Effective Wednesday morning, March 18, Governor McMaster has ordered restaurants and bars to close other than take-out food service. Food providers may provide take-out food service only, but no on-premise consumption of food or alcohol is permitted.
- 10. Governor McMaster has extended the state filing deadline is extended to June 1stfor all state taxes.
- 11. The Governor has ordered that all municipal elections in April be postponed until after May 1st. Therefore, the City Council election and Utility Referendum will be canceled at this time. The Municipal Election Commission will meet in the coming weeks to set a new date.
- 12. All City meetings scheduled for March are postponed: this includes Design Review Board (3/16), Candidate Forum (3/17), Tourism Visitor Promotion Committee (3/18), Parks & Recreation (3/24), and the OCRM Public Hearing (3/26). Medical Testing If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms including respiratory distress, please call 911. For all other symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, MUSC Health Virtual Care telehealth service is offering COVID-19 screenings free of charge to South Carolina residents experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms located in South Carolina. Non-residents may use the service but may be charged for the visit and the panel. All MUSC screenings must be initiated online through their telehealth service: https://campaigns.muschealth.org/virtual-care/index.html. No walk-up traffic is accepted at the drive-through testing location. You may also be able to obtain testing through your regular doctor’s office and lab, dependent on each medical provider’s capabilities. Please check with your doctor’s office as capabilities continue to be expanded daily. The Governor has requested that doctor’s offices and insurance companies to provide tests at no charge; however, this is not a mandate and may not be followed by every provider.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including: Stay home and practice social distancing, whether or not you are experiencing symptoms Avoid close contact with people who are sick.? Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Stay home when you are sick.? Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.? Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
CDC’s recommendations for using a
?CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
?Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility). Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
?If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
citizens are encouraged to review the information below and make plans for you
and your family in the event
of disruptions to your daily routine.