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News Release

Town of Hilton Head Island Offices Scheduled to Reopen Monday, June 15 - Public Access Will Be Limited

Release Date: June 10, 2020

Contact Information:
Carolyn Grant email icon , Communications Director, 843-341-4618

The Town of Hilton Head Island will reopen its offices on Monday, June 15, with limited public access.

Town office buildings have been closed since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. "We have spent the last few weeks preparing our facilities to open using public health guidelines from the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," said Steve Riley, Town Manager.

"Most of the Town's staff, who had been working from home during the pandemic, have returned to the office and we have taken every precaution to ensure their safety and the public's safety," Riley said.

"The coronavirus is still present and we are moving cautiously as we begin to have more interaction with the public," he said.

Here is what you need to know:

  • Members of the public are encouraged to conduct business with the Town by phone, e-mail or online, when possible.
  • Members of the public that need assistance in person will be allowed to enter Town office buildings by appointment only. They should call ahead to schedule their visit.
  • Upon arriving in the parking lot for a scheduled meeting, you should call the staff person you are meeting with and let them know you have arrived. The staff person will meet you at the designated public entrance and escort you to the meeting location.
  • Following the meeting, you will be escorted back to the public door to exit the building. No member of the public will be allowed to roam Town buildings unescorted.
  • Anyone visiting Town office buildings is required to wear a mask while in the buildings.

How to Reach Town Staff

Contact information for Town employees is available in the Town's online directory at  https://hiltonheadislandsc.gov/contactus/staffcomplete.cfm. A directory is also posted on the main entry door at Town Hall.

Safeguards at Town Hall

Safeguards have been put in place at Town Hall to protect the staff and public.

  • Plexiglass shields have been installed at all the counters in front lobby area.
  • A hand sanitizer station has been set up at the main entrance.
  • All Town employees are required to wear a face covering when entering and circulating in Town buildings. Upon arriving at work, staff complete screenings including checking their temperatures.
  • All Town Hall departments and facilities are equipped with hand sanitizer, wipes, masks and other supplies employees may use to protect themselves and clean their work spaces.
  • Town facilities staff and contracted crew clean Town buildings regularly and often.
  • A video intercom system with a door buzzer has been installed at front desk so Town receptionists can communicate with any member of the public before allowing them to enter the building.
  • There are collection boxes at the main entrance where residents and business owners may drop off business license forms and payments, permits, plans and other documents.

Facilities Management Office, 12 Gateway Circle

The Town's Facilities Management Office at 12 Gateway Circle will also reopen on Monday, June 15. Here is what you need to know:

  • The front door at Facilities Management will be locked. A doorbell will be temporarily located outside so you can alert staff of your arrival. A video intercom system with a door buzzer will be installed in the near future.
  • Phone numbers to key staff will be posted on the front door/window.
  • Facilities Management will be accepting applications for beach parking passes and boat passes.
  • Members of the public are required to wear a mask while inside the lobby.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available.
  • Only one person at a time will be allowed in the lobby.
  • Social distancing markings will be placed on the sidewalks leading to our front door.
  • If a meeting is requested with key staff, the meeting will take place in the conference room at Facilities Management.

Fire Rescue Headquarters and Fire Stations

The classroom at Fire Rescue headquarters at 40 Summit Drive, and the fire stations and conference rooms remain closed to the public. Staff is working on procedures to reinstitute CPR classes, car seat installations and other activities. Information will be released when safe procedures are developed and approved.

Oficinas de la ciudad de Hilton Head Island programadas para reabrir el lunes 15 de junio - El acceso público será limitado