A pedestrian crosses an empty Market Street in downtown Charleston after coronavirus outbreak measures were announced. Matthew Fortner/Staff

Charleston-area beaches decide not to end restrictions on public access

After Gov. Henry McMaster said he would lift bans on public water access, several beach towns said Sunday that they would still maintain checkpoints and limit access to their beaches.

Folly Beach, Edisto Beach, Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island released a joint statement Sunday afternoon, saying that due to the continued threat of the coronavirus, they would not be lifting restrictions to their beaches yet. Entry checkpoints will continue, they said.

“South Carolina is still in the acceleration phase and even with the reduction in growth of new cases, new cases could begin to grow quickly if social distancing restrictions are lifted,” the statement reads.