Are restaurants even allowed to be open on Hilton Head during a boil water advisory?


According to the state Department of Health & Environmental Control, restaurants, grocery stores, schools, childcare facilities, correctional facilities, convenience stores, ice plants, hospitals, nursing homes and community residential care facilities should follow these recommendations:

  • Stop using appliances and equipment that use drinkable water, such as dish machines, ice machines, fountainheads, drinking fountains, tea brewers and coffee makers.
  • Use disposable paper, plastic or foam plates, cups, forks, etc.
  • Prepare food using water that has been boiled.
  • Wash hands with water that has been boiled and cooled.
  • Wash, rinse and sanitize pots, pans and other equipment with water that has been boiled and cooled

These are only recommendations and restaurants are only required to follow them when a boil water notice comes into effect, which means a biological contaminant has been found in the water supply. Hilton Head Island is currently under a boil water advisory and not a boil water notice.

If restaurants cannot follow these instructions during a boil water notice, they must stop food service until the water is declared safe.

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