Healthy Travel Information

    (As of May 17, 2021)

    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.

    The Beach is Open! Just Pack Your Mask, Your Patience, and Travel Safely

    While mask mandates have been lifted in Myrtle Beach, businesses may require them and have implemented varied safety protocols. Masks are encouraged to be worn in public spaces including stores, common areas of restaurants and accommodations, and public spaces where social distancing cannot be followed.

    Please Pack Your Patience! 

    Visitors are also asked to pack their patience. Businesses are still opening back up and hiring seasonal workers in preparation for spring and 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!

    Rescinded Facemask Requirement in Indoor Spaces


    City of Myrtle Beach

    Myrtle Beach City Council approved an Executive Order rescinding the face mask requirement in indoor spaces within the City of Myrtle Beach beginning April 1, 2021. Businesses may require face masks and have continued to implement safety protocols. Masks are encouraged to be worn in public spaces including stores, common areas of restaurants and accommodations, and public spaces where social distancing cannot be followed.

    North Myrtle Beach

    North Myrtle Beach City Council voted in favor of lifting the ordinance that requires people to wear face coverings in public spaces. This will take effect on March 28, 2021. Read More.  On March 10, 2021North Myrtle Beach updated its Protocol Guidelines for Restaurants. Read more. 

    FAQs about North Myrtle Beach’s mask ordinance.

    City of Georgetown 

    City leaders in the City of Georgetown passed an ordinance requiring the use of face masks in public. The ordinance went into effect on July 3, 2020.

    Georgetown County

    Georgetown County Council passed an ordinance requiring the use of face masks in public. The ordinance went into effect on July 3, 2020.

     

    Visit Myrtle Beach Responsibly & Patiently

    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 if required. 
    • Practice social distancing by staying 6' away from others. This applies to everywhere you go, including the beach.
    • Properly dispose of your garbage in waste receptacles. Keep our beaches clean by picking up after your pets.
    • View blog post on ways to keep Myrtle Beach Clean & Safe for everyone!

    Thank You For Helping Keep Myrtle Beach Clean and Safe!

    We Are Open

    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 to limited capacity.
    • Restaurants are open for dine-in service at 50% capacity. Please be patient as they follow the reopening guidelines. Practices that keep you safe while dining in Myrtle Beach.
    • Restaurants are open for dine-in service now at full capacity, however, some restaurants are only open for outdoor dining, takeout, or delivery only. Please check with the individual establishment and remain patient as they follow the reopening guidelines, as there may be additional wait times or slower service.

    Since restrictions vary by community and type of business, please check with the individual business for the latest information. You’ll find information on the latest orders, social distancing guidelines, and frequently asked questions below.

    COVID-19/Coronavirus Information

    As of May 15, 2021, there are 390 new cases of coronavirus being investigated in Horry County in the last 14 days. S.C. DHEC is investigating multiple cases of 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

    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 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. In addition, just like in a hurricane, it is important that the airports remain open for County emergency logistics, including the delivery of supplies.
    • Myrtle Beach International Airport achieves GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation The Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) is proud to announce its latest accomplishment in earning GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC). MYR is just the 8th airport in the world, and the only airport in the Carolinas and Georgia, to achieve this coveted accreditation.

      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. Click here to learn more.
    • Please be advised, as airlines reduce capacity nationwide, some flight changes or cancellations may result. 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 their airlines directly. Contact information for all airlines with service at MYR can be found here. Many airlines are offering fee waivers for changes and cancellations. As a reminder, wait times are estimated to be longer than usual due to increased demand. Some itineraries are eligible to be canceled online; refer to your airlines' website for details.
    • 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.

    COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

    Are there any Coronavirus / COVID-19 cases in the Myrtle Beach area?

    • 390 current cases of coronavirus are being investigated in the Grand Strand within the past 14 days. DHEC is investigating multiple cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina.

    Are non-essential businesses still closed across the state?

    • No, non-essential businesses are now open per Governor McMaster’s Executive Order released on May 11, 2020. However, this guideline for reopening is not a requirement to reopen, and some businesses may decide to remain closed.

    Why are there flights arriving in Myrtle Beach?

    • 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. ​

    Are the beaches open?

    • Yes, beaches are open for public access but with social distancing guidelines in place and being enforced.
    • Social distancing is encouraged.

    Is there a shelter in place order in the Myrtle Beach area?

    • No, shelter in place order has been canceled.

    Will my hotel offer refunds?

    • As cancellation and refund policies vary by business, you should contact the business you booked with directly for their latest policies and options. Many businesses are reviewing their policies and making them more flexible to accommodate changing travel plans, such as allowing people to rebook later.

    I booked my reservation through VRBO or Airbnb and they won’t give me a refund. What should I do?

    • If you booked your resort or condo property reservation through a third party booking engine, including but not limited to Airbnb and VRBO, the cancellation policies for your reservation are determined by the individual owner of that unit, not the third party booking engine or the resort or condo. It is up to the owner of that unit, not the third-party booking engine or condo/resort, to make considerations for changes to their cancellation policy.  We regret that we are not able to assist with these situations as we aren’t privy to the owner’s information and have no jurisdiction over their business policies. This applies to the condo/resort property management as well. The third-party booking engine may be able to help you contact the owner for consideration as they maintain those contact details and communications.

    Are there any closures or event cancellations?

    • Yes, several events around the Grand Strand are still cancelled and/or have not been rescheduled. However, many events have been scheduled for 2021 as the number of cases is decreasing and restrictions have eased, so please check with the individual-business or our event website for the latest information. We’re posting updates on the Coronavirus Closures & Cancellations page as well. 
    • Restaurants are now permitted to operate at full capacity, however, many restaurants across the Grand Strand, and throughout the U.S., are in the process of hiring seasonal workers in preparation for spring and summer vacationers. Please pack your patience when you travel to Myrtle Beach.
    • Many attractions are open at full capacity. 

    What are area businesses and events doing to prevent the spread of coronavirus?

    • The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and CVB has been in regular contact with businesses and has provided information and resources on how businesses can prepare for and prevent the spread of viruses. You can learn more on the Chamber’s coronavirus outbreak readiness page
    • Many businesses have implemented expanded preventive measures, including:
      • Expanded cleaning and sanitation practices, such as frequent cleanings, wiping down surfaces frequently throughout the day, and making sanitation gel or wipes available to visitors.
      • Communicating guidelines to employees and visitors on how to prevent the spread of viruses.
      • Implementing a response plan in case someone is suspected of contracting the coronavirus.

    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.