As America’s no. 1 destination, Charleston is known for its warm Southern hospitality, award-winning cuisine and beautiful scenery. Rest assured; the charm of Charleston still remains. These days, welcoming handshakes are exchanged with friendly waves from six feet away; masks are required until you reach your seat to dig in to the best flavors you’ll ever savor; and the scenery – well, the Lowcountry’s miles of pristine beaches and marshes remain ready to explore, providing ample opportunity to social distance in the Great Outdoors. Oh, and the answer is “yes!” We are in fact smiling beneath the masks.
We are delighted to welcome you to the Charleston area and want you to know the safety and well-being of both our visitors and locals is our top priority. We are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and SC Department of Health and Environmental Control guidelines and encourage all travelers to familiarize themselves with the following information to make informed travel decisions.
1. The mask ordinance requiring face coverings in South Carolina has now expired.
2. Restaurants may ask you to wear a mask and only remove it when seated at your table. Please be prepared for the individual restaurant’s policies in place. Outdoor dining has been expanded wherever possible.
3. Shops, attractions and tours are carefully managing the number of guests at any given time and may ask you to wear a mask and maintain proper social distance to enter/participate.
4. Hotels and rental properties are paying particular attention to enhanced cleaning protocols. Check in/out times have been adjusted and/or rooms have been taken out of inventory to ensure appropriate time between occupancy.
Let’s all do our part to protect one another. As College of Charleston Men’s Basketball Head Coach Earl Grant says, “The time is now and the choices are ours. Wear a mask; wash your hands; social distance and protect the vulnerable.” Play his full message below and click here to view more messages from Charleston leaders encouraging responsible and considerate actions that you can take for one another.
For the latest COVID-19 updates for the city of Charleston, please visit Charleston-SC.gov.