Healthy Travel Information

    (As of January 1, 2022)

    The health and safety of our residents and visitors are paramount and as such, we want to ensure you are fully informed of the impacts of COVID-19 on our area and the current status of travel. We’ll continue to post updates on this page and our social channels. In the meantime, stay healthy and stay safe. When you are ready, we are ready to welcome you back to The Beach.

    Visit Myrtle Beach Responsibly & Patiently

    We Are Open

    As COVID-19 remains a public health issue, we ask that you visit our area responsibly so everyone can enjoy all the Grand Strand has to offer. Here are some tips to help everyone stay safe:

    • Practice healthy hygiene. Wash your hands frequently. Use sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
    • Wear a face mask when you visit public places when recommended or required, such as the airport. 
    • Practice social distancing by staying 6' away from others. This applies to everywhere you go, including the beach.
    • View blog post on ways to keep Myrtle Beach Clean & Safe for everyone!

    Practices that keep you safe while dining with usMyrtle Beach area beaches, accommodations, and close contact businesses are open with social distancing in place. Public beach accesses and state parks are also open with social distancing guidelines in place.

    • Attractions, youth sports and day camps are open, though call ahead for special hours and schedules.
    • Close contact businesses, public and commercial pools are open at full capacity.
    • The Myrtle Beach International Airport is open, however, masks are required in the airport and on airplanes. 
    • Restaurants are open for dine-in service at full capacity. Please check with the individual establishment for hours and remain patient, as there may be additional wait times or slower service.

    Please Pack Your Patience

    Visitors are asked to pack their patience. Businesses are still opening back up and hiring seasonal workers for summer vacationers. Please be prepared for additional wait times when checking in at your accommodation, entering attractions or at restaurants. When possible, reserve tables at your favorite restaurants in advance. Thank you for your understanding!

    You’ll find information to frequently asked questions below.

    COVID-19/Coronavirus Information

    S.C. DHEC provides updated information on the current cases COVID-19 in South Carolina. We urge you to continue following the recommendations of the federal government, CDC, SCDHEC, and local officials as we navigate this time together.

    Tips To Stay Healthy flyerHealthy Travel Practices from the CDC

    • Wash hands often
    • Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue
    • Consult with a doctor before traveling when sick
    • Stay up to date on vaccinations
    • Avoid contact with people who are already sick
    • Avoid contact with animals while traveling
    • Be aware of the latest travel advisories from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. State Department

    *Please note that a negative COVID test performed within one day of your departure is required to enter the United States at this time. 

    Hotlines for People with Symptoms

    • DHEC Care Line > 1-855-472-3432
    • If you have general questions about COVID-19, the DHEC Care Line is here to help. Staff is answering calls from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. seven days a week. In the event of an emergency, please call 9-1-1. Find more information here.
    • Tidelands Health COVID-19 nurse line at 843-652-8800 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or 1-866-TIDELANDS, which operates 24 hours a day.
    • Grand Strand Health is offering a Consult-A-Nurse line for any COVID questions, staffed 24/7 by nurses. Call 843-692-4444. 
    • Conway Medical Center is offering a phone line where you can speak with a medical professional for screening for COVID-19. Call 843-428-8767 Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to speak with a registered nurse.

    Emergency Orders & Restrictions

    State of South Carolina

    Current executive orders in place by South Carolina Governor McMaster – Read full orders

    Myrtle Beach International Airport

    • The Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) and all other airports managed by the Horry County Department of Airports remain open and operational. Horry County Government does not have the authority to make a unilateral decision about the closure of airports. That is under the purview of the Federal Aviation Administration. Airlines can also alter flight schedules and require face masks. In addition, just like in a hurricane, it is important that the airports remain open for County emergency logistics, including the delivery of supplies.
    • Please be advised that some flight changes or cancellations may occur. Travelers should check the status of their flight before arriving at the airport. You can find updated arrival and departure information from MYR on their website.
      • Travelers wishing to change or cancel their itinerary should contact the airlines directly. Contact information for all airlines with service at MYR can be found here
      • Please keep in mind that wait times are estimated to be longer than usual due to increased demand. 
    • As a reminder, federal law requires that face masks be worn inside airports. Horry County Departments of Airports expects everyone to abide by this policy and wear a mask when inside any airport facilities.
    • The chamber nor the City or Horry County have the authority to close MYR airport or to stop airlines from arriving here. This is a federal FAA mandate to remain open during emergencies.
    • Myrtle Beach International Airport is an accredited GBAC STAR™ Facility.
      • GBAC STAR™ is the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities and is the new gold standard for cleanliness. The program is performance-based and designed to help facilities establish a comprehensive system of cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention for their staff and their building. The program relies on GBAC’s comprehensive training, which teaches the proper protocols, correct disinfection techniques, and cleaning best practices for biohazard situations like the novel coronavirus. MYR is the only airport in the Carolinas and Georgia, to achieve this coveted accreditation. Click here to learn more.

    Conway

    Masks are no longer required in City of Conway owned buildings and other facilities, effective October 2021.

    City of Georgetown

    Masks are no longer required indoors, however, the City of Georgetown does require masks in all City buildings, effective August 2021

     

    Additional Resources

    Ways to Help/Relief Assistance

    • Waccamaw Community Foundation COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund. This fund will provide flexible resources to organizations in our region working with priority groups, including senior citizens, children, health-compromised, and workers in the hospitality and tourism industry along coastal South Carolina. For your contribution to support our Horry County community, please specify Horry County in the “comments” field of the payment form.

    • Nonprofits/Businesses Helping the Community These organizations are helping in the COVID-19 relief and are requesting donations.