Governor closes off access to public waterways and beaches

Gov. Henry McMaster has closed public access to all beaches and has closed all public boat ramps, landings and other access points on the state’s lakes, rivers and waterways.

He said it was based on what people are doing during the state’s fight to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“As a result of behavior observed this past weekend by the Department of Natural Resources and SLED, it has become necessary to close public access to our state’s beaches, and to close boat ramps and landings on our state’s lakes, rivers and waterways,” said McMaster.

“This is unfortunate for those who chose to responsibly follow the instructions of our public health officials, but it is a necessary action to prevent the spread of this dangerous virus.”

The order does not apply to individuals possessing a current, valid commercial fishing license. The will have access to public piers, docks, wharfs, boat ramps, or boat landings in connection with commercial fishing activities.

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