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Covid – 19: Operational Update as of 3/24

March 24, 2020

As the Covid -19 pandemic continues to escalate in our region, we will be implementing additional restrictions and recommendations on ferry usage. 
The SC Governor has issued an emergency declaration banning all gatherings of three or more people.
In order to help combat the spread of the Coronavirus and protect our owners and staff alike, the following Restrictions will remain in effect through April 5.
Effective Wednesday, March 25
There will be a passenger limit on the Islander based on each particular area:

  • no more than 7 passengers (plus crew) in the interior of the ferry*
  • no more than 3 passengers in the rear (cargo) area (passengers may be further limited at crew discretion if carts are present)
  • no more than 10 passengers on the top deck

*interior restrictions will not be modified in inclement weather – passengers will be asked to wait for next vessel

  • Ferry departure times from Isle of Palms to Dewees Island will be limited: 7:00am through 7:00pm (last run off island at 7:30pm if advance call is received)
  • Nature Center is closed
  • Huyler House is closed
  • Administrative office is closed for visitors and will operate virtually during normal business hours (Certain staff will be working remotely)
    • Special arrangements will be made for distributing emergency passes
  • No Golf Carts are available for rental

Effective Friday March 27, at 6:00pm:

  • Only Emergency contractors will be allowed on the island
    • Housekeepers and domestic workers will not be allowed ferry access
    • Building Contractors will not be allowed ferry access
    • Contractors performing Emergency Repairs will be permitted (e.g. HVAC or Plumbing emergency)

In addition to the restrictions above, we strongly encourage owners to observe the following recommendations and requests to help protect your fellow owners and staff through at least April 5:

  • Recommend that all owners limit ferry trips to only those which are essential
  • Request non-resident owners not travel to the island if avoidable
  • Request owners avoid having guests visit them on the island
  • Request owners not allow unaccompanied guests to utilize your home
  • Request lot owners not visit the island 

It sounds simple, but please Remember to Wash your Hands. (click here to see “The Best way to Stop Coronavirus” handwashing video). 

  • If you are experiencing any symptoms, do not ride the ferry  
  • MUSC Health is offering free virtual care consultations and screenings to anyone experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms located in South Carolina with the promo code COVID19, for both new and existing patients. 

The most efficient way to obtain emergency assistance on the island is always to call 911. 

Several web app services are still making deliveries to the Dewees Marina as of the close of business today, such as Shipt.com and Ubereats.com.  Deliveries are not only limited to food.  Certain providers will also deliver from stores such as Target and Costco. 

Thank you for your assistance and cooperation.  We look forward to returning to normal operations as soon as possible. 


David Dew
Island Manager