March 30, 2020
Last week, Governor McMaster issued an Executive Order requiring any traveler to South Carolina from the States of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and the City of New Orleans, to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days commencing from their date of arrival.
Questions have been asked of the Town since this order was issued. Following is information addressing some of the most frequently asked questions:
- This is a mandatory requirement; it is not a guideline or suggestion;
- Violation of the order risks a fine of up to $100 or imprisonment of not more than 30 days;
- This order also applies to persons who traveled to South Carolina before the issuance of the Executive Order. Their 14 days self-quarantine period commences on their date of arrival;
- Enforcement is delegated to law enforcement, which is the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, including the Town’s Deputies;
- Quarantine requires restriction of movement from one’s place of permanent or temporary residence on the island, and requires avoiding all areas frequented by the general public including retail and grocery stores, recreational facilities, and dining and food service;
- Anyone who does not comply is placing our community’s residents at risk and exposing employees of businesses and services critical to the community. Any business establishment, and the employees of that business, within the State, and Town, may deny service to any persons acting in violation of this order;
- The Governor’s order does not prohibit entry to the Town of Kiawah Island nor prohibit persons from the affected locations from residing in the Town as long as they comply with the requirement to self-quarantine. The order does not require such persons to self-identify themselves or register with the Town or any other entity;
- Do not personally confront any person(s) that you reasonably believe is subject to, but not abiding, by the requirement to self-quarantine. If you think it necessary, please contact a Deputy through the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at 843-202-1700.