Everyone is excited to hear that the Grand Strand beaches are open, and resorts and hotels are now allowed to take new reservations! While that is great news, opening at this time is going to require you to visit responsibly!
If you choose to come to the Beach at this time, there are a few rules and regulations that you must follow if we are to open successfully and keep everyone safe.
PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL IF YOU’RE SICK
PLEASE PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING
First, social distancing guidelines are in place everywhere. Restaurants, resorts, shopping centers, and all businesses are expected to follow social distancing, so please do your part. Stay at least six feet away from others, and this includes on the beach. With 60 miles of wide, clean beaches, this should be easy enough. Please stay in groups of three or fewer, or in household family groups, and make sure you set up at least six feet away from others.
Facemasks are not required by law in South Carolina, but they are recommended. Please keep one with you and wear it when you’re in public areas.
KEEP YOUR HANDS CLEAN
We know that having clean hands can help slow the spread of Covid-19, so please make sure you are taking the time to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. You’ll find hand sanitizing stations readily available, so please use them.
BE PATIENT AND UNDERSTANDING
Remember, that our restaurants, stores, and lodging businesses are only just starting to open up. Some locations may be understaffed or training new staff. If you choose to come to the Grand Strand during this period, we ask that you please show understanding and patience when visiting our businesses. They are doing their best to serve you, and you should do your best to show empathy and understanding during this unprecedented time.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK
Although most attractions and amusement parks have been given the okay to open, some may not be open when you visit. Be sure to check an individual attraction’s website to see whether or not they are open. Do your homework so you know what to expect, and you will not be disappointed.
BE PATIENT IF YOU HAVE TO WAIT TO GET IN WATER ATTRACTIONS
Swimming pools have recently been allowed to open but only at limited capacity. You may have to wait your turn to get into a pool or other water facility. Please be patient and understand that resorts and hotels are simply abiding by local regulations.
HAVE PETS? KNOW THE RULES
Dogs love Myrtle Beach, but if you choose to bring your dog to the beach there are a few rules you need to comply with. For one thing, in the City of Myrtle Beach, dogs are not allowed on the beach between May 1st and Labor Day between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Also, they must be on a leash that's at the most 7 feet long. And remember, always pick up after your dog.
DISPOSE OF YOUR TRASH
Myrtle Beach is a beautiful place, and we need to keep it that way. Whether you have dirty facemasks, gloves, beverage containers, or cigarette butts, we ask that you properly dispose of all trash. You’ll notice trash cans and recycle bins are plentiful and in convenient locations, so please use them. Help us keep the Grand Strand clean and welcoming for everyone.
Everyone has been stressed and isolated throughout this pandemic, and we all want to get back to “normal” and enjoy ourselves. However, your decisions, your behaviors are going to determine whether or not we can continue to enjoy our beautiful beaches and all of the wonderful attractions and amenities in the Grand Strand. We need you to do your part to keep yourselves and those around you healthy. Please help by following CDC guidelines for healthy travel and by being considerate of others.
Together we can keep the Beach enjoyable, safe, and open. Thanks very much, and we’ll see you soon—at the Beach!
Click here to view the Visit Myrtle Beach Healthy Travel page.