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Covid – 19 Emergency Plan

March 21, 2020   

We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate through the rapid Covid -19 related developments, and we adjust to the increasing need for vigilance.

On March 20, the Isle of Palms issued an emergency ordinance restricting all travel between 7:00am and 7:00pm.  We have been working with city officials to ensure provisions have been made for Dewees Island Owners to access the Island. 

We are currently issuing temporary emergency permits to owners.  If you are planning to visit the island Prior to April 4, and you plan to arrive between 7:00am and 7:00pm, you will need to provide some type of proof of ownership at the police roadblock. Various forms of identification are acceptable:

  • IOP hurricane passes from last year
  • Proof of residency or proof of ownership on Dewees matching your government issued ID.  (e.g. Courthouse Records)
  • Isle of Palms resident sticker
  • Temporary Verification of Ownership Letter from Dewees Island valid for day of entry
  • Dewees Island Owner/Resident Pass

If you are planning to visit before April 4, please email us at dipoaisland@gmail.com and include the following:

  • Owner’s Name (as it appears on driver’s license)
  • Address (as shown on ID)
  • License Plate of Vehicle
  • Dewees Island Address 
  • Lot #
  • Anticipated date of arrival 

Within 1 business day of your email, we will provide you with a letter which allows access to the Ferry/Marina, and on the island, we will supply a laminated pass for entry.

Pass Pickup is currently available at Public Works this week, Monday – Friday, from 7:00am – 2:00pm.

While this is an inconvenience to travel, it is also an incredibly important time for us all to help slow the spread of this deadly virus. 
Additional Restrictions:

  • Gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people in any common area.
  • No more than three passengers are allowed on the Breeze (in addition to the crew). It is imperative to call the ferry when planning to leave the island.
  • No more than 24 passengers are allowed on the Islander (in addition to the crew) Passenger load may be further reduced during inclement weather.
  • Passengers are responsible for transporting their own luggage, gear, and carts.  (Crew will assist those with physical limitations)
  • Contractors are limited to essential jobs/functions

Please remember to keep at an appropriate social distance for the comfort of all owners, staff, and guests.

Lastly, the best way to obtain Emergency Assistance on the island in any circumstance is to always call 911.  We are closely cooperating with Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch and EMS on appropriate protocols.  Please inform dispatch and/or our Public Safety officer of any symptoms prior to making contact.

Thank you for your cooperation.  We have provided some important links at the bottom of this email for your reference.


World Health Organization:
Fact Sheet:
What to do if you are sick: