The Isle of Palms has finally opened the door once again to short term rentals on the island.

As you are probably well aware, COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on businesses across the board, vacation homes included.

The Isle of Palms City Council met once again this past Friday.  Their emergency meetings have been happening all the time, often multiple times a week as conditions change and evolve.

Lately they’ve been keying off a couple different main sources of guidance.  First, they take cues from what South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster says in his press conferences and executive orders.  Second, they’ve been seeking the counsel of experts from MUSC, who give them advice from a medical perspective.

Well, this Friday they issued COVID-19 Update #24.  I alluded to it briefly in that last blog.

Basically, in a nutshell, the City is allowing short term rentals once again on the Isle of Palms, beginning Wednesday, May 13th.

Short term rentals by their definition is any stay of 29 days or less.

 

IOP COVID Update 24 and Short Term Rentals

 

Here is the wording from the May 8th COVID Update…

The Isle of Palms City Council held an emergency City Council meeting today, Friday, May 8, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss the recommendations developed by the Short Term Rental & Hotel Phased Re-Opening Task Force and consider further measures to protect the citizens of the Isle of Palms.

City Council took the following actions:

      • Rescinded the “Keep it Moving” policy on the beach. Gatherings of more than 3 people are still prohibited, unless they are family members who live in the same household.
      • Check-ins of short term rentals, hotels and other overnight accommodations will be allowed starting on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.
      • Effective May 13, 2020, short-term rentals and accommodations businesses shall implement all reasonable steps to comply with applicable Governor’s Executive Orders, sanitation guidelines, including future guidelines, promulgated by the CDC, DHEC, or any other state or federal public health official, including but not limited to measures outlined in this document.

The following information, regulations and restrictions are still in place:

 

Short-Term Rentals and Hotels

Short term rentals, hotel and overnight accommodations of 29 days or less are prohibited until May 12th.

Effective May 13, 2020, short-term rentals and accommodations businesses shall implement all reasonable steps to comply with applicable Governor’s Executive Orders, sanitation guidelines, including future guidelines, promulgated by the CDC, DHEC, or any other state or federal public health official, including but not limited to measures outlined in this document.

 

As far as beach use restrictions, the City is still prohibiting public gatherings of greater than three people, except family members who live in the same household.

You can access the entire update on the Isle of Palms website here.

Now that the City has officially opened up the island to short term rentals, it’s a great time to get your name on the calendar.  Just give us a call at EP and we’ll help you find the perfect beach vacation home for you and your loved ones.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

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