Tybee Island Mayor Shirley Sessions said masks aren’t required on the beach, though some beachgoers wear them.
Tybee is seeing healthy visitor numbers despite the pandemic, raising familiar parking issues across the small island, according to City Manager Shawn Gillen.
Against the better judgment of local officials concerned about the spiking spread of COVID-19, Tybee Island tepidly welcomed thousands of Independence Day revelers to congregate and celebrate on the coastal community’s open beaches and within its bustling hangouts.
Despite the cancellation of this year’s fireworks show, City Manager Shawn Gillen said nearly every hotel room on the island is rented out for the weekend, and he expects at least 14,000 cars to cross Lazaretto Creek Bridge for the holiday.
Tybee Island Mayor Shirley Sessions published a video at the outset of what is typically a lucrative Memorial Day weekend for her city’s businesses with a simple message: Don’t come.
a Friday announcement issued on Tybee’s municipal website emphasized that DNR-issued restrictions were still in place.