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An aerial view from a drone shows an area of South Beach that the city closed in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on March 16, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. Miami Beach city officials closed the area of the beach that is popular with college spring breakers and asked them to refrain from large gatherings where COVID-19 could spread.

There has been talking about South Carolina reopening its beaches. South Carolina has already re-opened access to public boat docks. Gov. Henry McMaster has announced his plan to reopen South Carolina beaches and certain non-essential retail stores. The new executive order says that beaches can reopen TODAY (Tuesday, April 21) at noon. However, it will be up to local officials whether or not beaches will reopen.

A lot of the popular beaches such as Myrtle Beach,  Isle of Palms, Edisto Beach, Folly Beach & Sullivan’s Island have already spoken up saying that they will choose not to reopen. North Myrtle Beach, on the other hand, will re-open its public beach access points. NMB approved a resolution on Monday night during its City Council meeting to re-open all public beach access points, crossovers, adjacent parking lots and access shower, and bathroom amenities, calling it an appropriate measure.

If officials of other local South Carolina beaches do reopen, the governor says his mandate preventing groups of three or more people from the gathering will remain in effect. This decision comes days after Florida re-opened some of its beaches. The result of that? Residents flocking to the coast in places like Jacksonville.

As far as North Carolina beaches are concerned, Holden Beach announced plans to open the beach for exercise purposes at noon. Wrightsville Beach partially re-opened nearly all its beaches to nonstationary exercise activities at noon Monday but confirmed the ban on public parking at its beach accesses.

This is all developing so as more information comes our way, we will do our best to share it with you in a timely manner! In the meantime…please, practice social distancing!