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update icon Latest Updates - May 12, 2021

Hilton Head Island Mask Mandate Ends Following Order From SC Governor Restricting Local Mask Laws

Following SC Governor Henry McMaster's order restricting local mask mandates, the Hilton Head Island ordinance requiring people to wear a face covering inside commercial buildings will no longer be enforced as of May 12, 2021.

On Tuesday, Governor McMaster issued Executive Order 2021-23, which explicitly prohibits any county or local governments in the state from relying on prior orders or using a state of emergency as the basis for a local mask mandate and bars all state agencies, local governments, and political subdivisions from requiring what has commonly been referred to as "vaccine passports" for any reason.

Residents and Island visitors are encouraged to adhere to guidance the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information on CDC guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated persons, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html.