Surfside Beach City Council Votes Lifting Beach and Parking Restrictions | Covid-19 coverage
Surfside Beach City Council voted on Tuesday to remove restrictions on the city’s beaches and parking. City officials have also chosen not to extend the ban on short-term rentals.
Beaches can now be used for activities other than non-stationary exercises, and visitors without city parking permits can use paid public parking spaces on city lots. Beachgoers are encouraged to practice social distancing.
“The decisions we make are about the health and safety of our residents,” said Mayor Bob Hellyer.
The board made the decision in a conference call meeting.
Councilor Debbie Scoles voted against lifting the restrictions.
“I would love to see us take baby steps with that,” she said.
Earlier this month, city council voted to reopen access to the city’s public beach after Governor Henry McMaster allowed local governments to do so, but city leaders have implemented restrictions for the beach which included a ban on fishing, surfing and bringing beach equipment to the ocean.
Now these restrictions are no longer in effect.
Public beach access points at North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach and the unincorporated County of Horry have also reopened.
Like other local governments, city leaders voted to ban short-term rentals last month in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The enacted ban on city officials continues until Thursday.
Horry County and North Myrtle Beach leaders have also chosen not to extend their short-term rental bans, and Myrtle Beach City Council is expected to discuss the matter in a meeting Thursday morning.
Hellyer stressed that the governor’s stay-at-home order remains in effect.
He said the rules that are in place for the city can be adjusted.
A McMaster order bans businesses from accepting reservations in areas identified in a travel advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including COVID-19 hotspots such as New York and New Jersey.