31 Mar 2020
Before we get to the latest IOP COVID-19 update, here’s some news about the rescheduled Cooper River Bridge Run, originally slated to take place this coming Saturday, April 4th. Of course COVID-19 changed all of that. Organizers officially postponed the Bridge Run until August 1st, 2020. They are offering some creative options for those who signed up.
Three Options if you signed up for the Bridge Run
- First, you can take part in the rescheduled Bridge Run on August 1st. You don’t need to do anything; your signup automatically transfers over to the new date. If you were booked into one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals for the Bridge Run, contact us about rebooking for the later date.
- Second, participate in the Bridge Run “virtually.” Organizers explain it this way: “For those that cannot attend the race on August 1, we are offering participants the ability to join a virtual Cooper River Bridge Run. Whether you selected to receive your race packet in the mail or at the expo all virtual run participants will receive their shirt, swag, and finisher medal. Organizers will release detailed instructions regarding the virtual event in April. Please note, if you participate in the virtual Cooper River Bridge Run, you cannot participate in the physical race on August 1.”
- Lastly, you can transfer your spot to someone else. They will waive the normal transfer fee. There’s a Facebook group to help find others who would be interested. You must complete transfers by July 1st. Organizers will release more details in April.
Another day, another official IOP update to share. Yesterday, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster announced that all public access to beaches and waterways would be closed. There was some confusion as to what exactly that meant. This morning, the City of Isle of Palms released the flowing update on the beaches amidst the COVID crisis. "The City of Isle of Palms is in a state of emergency. As the situation continues to change rapidly, the City’s top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community and staff."
Latest IOP Update
Per the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-16, the City of Isle of Palms will implement the following restrictions immediately:
- All public beach access paths and public parking lots will be closed for the duration of the State of Emergency. The public beach access paths located between Breach Inlet through 56thAvenue are thereby closed to the public. This order does not apply to beachfront property owners who have private beach access paths. Do not attempt to illegally access the beach by trespassing on private property.
- Although the restrictions included in the Governor’s Executive Order do not apply to private beach access paths, the City strongly encourages owners to close them in order to effectuate the Governor’s intent to keep people off the beach.
- The Wild Dunes Community Association will close their private beach access paths located from 54thAvenue through Dewees Inlet including the Property Owners Beach House and its beach accesses.
- Per the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-16, the Isle of Palms Marina will close public access to the docks and boat launch for all recreational activity, with the exception of individuals having a current and valid commercial fishing license.
- The Breach Inlet boat landing will also be closed for the duration of the State of Emergency.
- The access restrictions to vehicular and pedestrian traffic and the checkpoint at the end of the Isle of Palms Connector will remain in place through April 30th, 2020.
- The prohibition on new check-ins for short-term rentals, hotels and overnight accommodations remains in place through April 30th, 2020.
- City Council approved a temporary exemption to the plastics ban ordinance for businesses.
- The Isle of Palms Police Department will enforce these regulations and restrictions.
All best, Lowcountry Lisa your Isle of Palms vacation blogger