Consumer Travel Advisory for North Charleston

North Charleston Emergency Management continues to monitor the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and advises citizens to take precautions to limit the potential spread of the virus. Please continue to take notice of all advice from the CDC and SCDHEC. The safety and well-being of our residents, visitors and industry partners are the utmost importance to us.



Parks, green space, trails, dog parks, disc golf course, fishing piers, and picnic shelters have reopened with the following restrictions:

  • Social distancing is required (immediate family groups excluded).
  • Group gatherings are prohibited (unless amended by Governor’s orders).
  • Fenced in locations (i.e. dog parks) will have a limited capacity. Those capacities will be posted at the entrance of each location and will be enforced.

Outdoor dining now permitted

Based on advice and recommendations from DHEC and the South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association, Governor McMaster has established the following guidelines for restaurants to follow if they choose to open for outdoor seating. Existing approved outdoor seating areas:

  • Tables are to be spaced a minimum of 8 feet from each other (measured from all edges of the table)
  • Limit table groups to 8 individuals
  • Eliminate gatherings in the building when entering or exiting outdoor seating area
  • Maintain strict social/physical distancing guidelines
  • Tables, chairs, and seats should be sanitized after every customer

If open areas and/or temporary tents are utilized by existing, permitted restaurants, all sides of the tent must be open and the following conditions are required:

  • Tables are to be spaced a minimum of 8 feet from each other (measured from all edges of the table)
  • Table groups are to be limited to 8 individuals
  • State approved fire extinguisher within 75 feet of tent area
  • Minimum of 7-foot-6 inch head room (ceiling height)


The DHEC Care Line is 1-855-472-3432.
Staff is answering general questions about COVID-19 from 8 am to 6 pm weekdays.

You can also reference the sites below:

Mass Gatherings

Law Enforcement

Higher Education

Travelers self-care

FAQ for Travelers

General FAQs

Cases in the US

Confirmed Case Locations

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance

Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce