Pawleys Island Updates

This page is updated as of 3/10/21

March 5

McMaster’s March 5 update means the Republican governor is no longer requiring face coverings to be worn in state buildings, by restaurant employees or by diners, who were previously ordered to cover up while not eating or drinking. But that doesn’t mean people can ditch their masks, as local ordinances and businesses’ own policies still apply.

January 4

Georgetown County Council voted on Dec. 8 to extend the ordinance requiring individuals to wear face coverings in Georgetown County businesses. The ordinance will expire on Jan. 27 if not renewed by County Council at its Jan. 26 meeting. The ordinance mandates that members of the public wear masks that cover the nose and mouth in Georgetown County businesses, including grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, and retail stores. Restaurant patrons are exempt while dining, but employees must wear a mask at all times while having face-to-face interaction with the public. Businesses are required to post a written notification at their main entrance notifying customers of the new law. One may be downloaded below, or businesses may create their own. For more information, visit

December 15
We will be closed on Christmas Eve (12/24), Christmas Day (12/25), and the day after Christmas (12/26).  Our office will reopen on Monday, 12/28 at 8:00 am. We will also be closed on 12/31, 1/1, and 1/2 reopening on Monday, 1/4 at 8:00 am.

October 29
Georgetown County voted 6-1 Tuesday to extend its mask ordinance. The ordinance will now remain in effect until Dec. 8. The ordinance also continues the state of emergency.

August 7
Georgetown County and SCDOT will be assisting the Town with storm debris pick-up on Wednesday, August 12th. Residents that wish to participate are asked to please have all debris set out in piles at the edge of the pavement by or before the scheduled pick-up date.

August 3
Hurricane Isaias is expected to make landfall along the Carolina coast as a Cat 1 hurricane tonight around 10 pm. For more information, check out the Town of Pawleys Island Website or Georgetown Emergency Management website.

July 31
We are closely monitoring Hurricane Isaias. At this time, the forecast shows hugging the SC Coast early next week. We are anticipating some rain, wind and rough surf at the beginning of the week.

July 30
Governor McMaster made mandatory the recommendations previously stated regarding restaurant operation. Please see this website for details and more information.

July 15
Governor McMaster says school districts should consider opening schools on Sept. 8 and recommends they give parents a choice for their children of face-to-face instruction or virtual learning.

July 10
Governor McMaster has ordered there will be no sale of alcohol after 11 pm at restaurants and bars starting tomorrow.

July 2

Georgetown County Council passed a face mask ordinance. The new law, which is in effect beginning at midnight tonight, will be in place for 60 days. It requires a face mask for all persons above the age of 10 entering a foodservice establishment, grocery store, retail store, or pharmacy.

May 21

The Pawleys Pier Village Pool will be opened on Friday, May 22nd. Please continue to social distance and observe all CDC and DHEC guidelines.

Governor McMaster announced that he is lifting additional restrictions, including allowing restaurants to resume some dine-in service starting at 12:01 on Monday, May 11. This plan marks the beginning of “Phase Two” of the restaurant reopening proposed to the accelerated SC Response Committee. In addition to the announcement, Governor McMaster lifted all boating restrictions.

May 6

The public accesses are open and we are getting excited to welcome our short term rentals on Friday, May 8th!

May 1

The Governor does still require public swimming pools and spas in the state to remain closed in accordance with The State of Emergency orders until the order is lifted by the Governor. The Department does not have an end date on when the State of Emergency will be lifted. This order is a proactive action to prepare and respond to the ongoing and evolving health threat posed by COVID-19.

April 30

Town Council held an emergency meeting this afternoon to revisit the prohibition on short term rentals after Georgetown County voted to allow the county-wide ban to expire April 30th. As you know, on Monday, the Town Council voted to extend the ban until May 15th. The council has now reversed that decision and the ban is set to expire Friday, May 8th. The public beach accesses will be open Friday, May 1st.

April 27

Town Council has decided to reopen public access to Pawleys Island beaches effective Friday, May 1st so long as the county goes forward with their decision to reopen public beaches on May 1st. The ban for short term rentals has been extended through May 14th. Town Council will meet again on May 11th.

April 22

Pawleys Island Town Council voted to keep public beach accesses closed until further notice. Governor McMaster gave local governments the power to reopen beach accesses earlier in the week. Town Council will meet again next week to review. Effective Tuesday, some retail store will reopen provided they follow social distancing guidelines.

April 17

Governor McMaster has issued an executive order to reopen public boat landings and ramps across the state effective April 17th at 2 pm. Boats are limited to groups of no more than 2 people, with the exception of family members from the same household. Beaching or rafting of boats, whether on a sandbar, lakeshore, riverbanks or island is still prohibited. Boats must remain underway at all times unless critical circumstances or if boaters are anchoring to fish. Piers, docks, and public beach accesses also remain closed.

April 15

The Pawleys Island Town Council met Monday, April 13th and one item on the agenda was discussing May rentals on the island. Everyone wants you and your family back here but it is paramount to be safe and well. They will hold another meeting on April 23rd to discuss this issue and make a decision. We will notify all of our May reservations with their decision on April 24th. Stay safe and healthy!

April 6

Governor McMaster has issued a stay at home order effective Tuesday, April 7th at 5 pm. The order means people should stay home unless they are working, visiting family, recreating outdoors or getting necessary goods/services. He also limited the number of people that could be in stores based on square footage.

April 3

Governor McMaster announced the closure of stores selling furniture, clothing, shoes, and jewelry at 5 on Monday, April 6. Also on the list are florists, book stores, sporting goods, craft, and music stores.

March 30

Governor McMaster announced the closure of all South Carolina beaches, boat ramps and landings on state lakes, rivers and waterways.

4:45 Update

Governor McMaster has issued an executive order to close all non-essential businesses across the state to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The order goes into effect on Wednesday, April 1. This order closes businesses in three categories: entertainment, athletic facilities/activities, and close contact service providers.

March 27

This morning, the Pawleys Island Town Council passed an ordinance to ban any short term rentals (30 days or less) beginning Saturday, March 28th at 5 pm through April 30th, 2020. Visitors currently checked in may remain until the end of their existing reservations. Long-term rentals of 30 days or more are still permitted. If you have a reservation arriving in April, we will be contacting you today to make arrangements.

March 26

The majority of restaurants are still open providing curbside delivery and to-go options. The beach is not anticipated to close but is being patrolled to enforce social distancing. Our office is open but we have closed our lobby and some staff are working remotely. We are still asking summer reservations to wait until closer to your arrival date before making any definite cancellations or requesting transfers. At this time, if you chose to cancel your summer reservation, we ask for a written confirmation and will adhere to the cancellation policy stated in your rental contract.

March 18

To allow our rental agents to focus on guests with the most current and immediate needs, we are asking those who have summer reservations to wait until closer to your arrival date before making any definite cancellations. This is a frustrating and uncertain time and we are cautiously optimistic that summer travel plans will proceed. We are in the office and happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

March 17

Our office is open. The governor has closed all in-house dining; however, carryout, and drive-through services are still available. We will continue to monitor the situation and are taking serious and strong precautions to ensure the health and safety of our guests and staff. We will update you as we know more.

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