Healthy Travel Information

    (As of August 11, 2020)

    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. As this is a rapidly evolving situation, we’ll continue to post updates on this page and our social channels. In the meantime, stay healthy and stay safe. We can’t wait to see you again at the beach!

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

    The beaches are currently open and several areas throughout the destination have enacted mask mandates for locals and visitors of the Myrtle Beach area ahead of the holiday weekend.

    Cities within the Myrtle Beach area have mandated that masks now be worn in public spaces including stores, common areas of restaurants and accommodations, and public spaces where social distancing cannot be followed. Masks are not required on beaches as long as beachgoers maintain social distancing. You can find more information here.

    Local Mandates Along the Grand Strand Require Facemasks Be Worn in All Indoor Public Spaces

     

    Please Pack Your Mask Most Grand Strand Municipalities Require Masks in Indoor Spaces.


    City of Myrtle Beach

    Myrtle Beach City Council approved an Executive Order requiring that face masks be worn within the City of Myrtle Beach.

    The order went into effect on July 2, 2020. The order will remain in effect for 60 days or until rescinded. The final version will be posted on the city's website once available.

    North Myrtle Beach

    North Myrtle Beach City Council voted in favor of an ordinance that requires people to wear face coverings in public spaces. The ordinance went into effect on July 2, 2020. 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

    As COVID-19 remains a public health threat 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.
    • 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 Re-Opening

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

    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 August 10th, 2020, there are 8,593 cases of coronavirus are being investigated in Horry County. 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, CDCSCDHEC, and local officials as we navigate these uncertain times 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.
    • 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

    • Governor McMaster Reopens Remaining Entertainment Businesses Effective August 3

      Gov. Henry McMaster announced that businesses, facilities, venues, events or mass gatherings are permitted to reopen effective Monday, Aug. 3, but are required to implement AccelerateSC guidelines. These businesses include the following: festivals, parades, concerts, theaters, stadiums, arenas, coliseums, auditoriums, grandstands, amphitheaters, gymnasiums, concert halls, dance, halls, performing arts centers, parks, racetracks, or similarly operated entities. These guidelines include, but are not limited to, the following:

      • Attendance may not exceed 50% of the certificate of occupancy issued by the fire marshal – or 250 persons – whichever is less.

      • Require the wearing of masks or ace coverings as a condition of admission or participation.

      • Enact social distancing, leaning and hygiene practices as recommended by AccelerateSC

      • End the sale of alcohol at 11 p.m.

    The governor also ordered that face coverings must be worn in all state government buildings according to guidelines and procedures developed by the state Department of Administration.

    Additionally, these guidelines for restaurants, first established by AccelerateSC, have been strongly recommended until now. They are now mandatory and enforceable by state and local law enforcement, and include the following:

    • Operating dine-in services at no more than 50% of the certificate of occupancy issued by the fire marshal.
    • Employees and patrons shall be required to wear masks or face coverings.
    • Tables are to be spaced to keep diners at least six feet apart.
    • No more than eight customers per table unless from the same family.
    • Standing or congregating in the bar area of a restaurant is prohibited.
    • Establishments that possess a state permit to sell alcohol shall be subject to these restrictions.

    Read full press release

    • Gov. Henry McMaster Lifts Restrictions on Attractions Effective Friday, May 22

      Governor Henry McMaster today announced that attraction facilities will be permitted to open throughout South Carolina beginning Friday, May 22nd. The governor’s announcement comes after AccelerateSC has been meeting for nearly a month to determine the safest ways to reinvigorate the state’s economy.

      Attractions

      The “Response” component of AccelerateSC has established exhaustive safety guidelines for businesses that have been allowed to reopen. Guidelines for attraction facilities can be found here and on the AccelerateSC website, along with guidelines for all recently re-opened businesses. 

      Examples of attraction facilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

      • Zoos
      • Museums
      • Aquariums
      • Planetariums
      • Historic buildings and sites
      • Waterparks
      • Amusement park rides
      • Go-Kart tracks
      • Bingo facilities
      • Miniature golf facilities

    ​​​Sports

    Governor McMaster also announced that youth and adult sports leagues will be allowed to begin practicing on May 30th, with competitive play resuming on June 15th. Specific guidelines, created by the “Response” component of AccelerateSC, can be found here.

    Camps

    While Governor McMaster never took any action prohibiting day camps, which are popular for children during the summer months, the Department of Social Services and the Department of Health and Environmental Control have established guidelines for those planning to hold camps this summer. Those guidelines can be found here.

    Read the full Press Release.

    • Gov. Henry McMaster Announces that Additional Businesses, Gyms, Pools are Able to Open Monday, May 18

      Governor Henry McMaster today announced that close contact service providers, fitness and exercise centers, commercial gyms, and public or commercial pools will be able to open in a limited capacity on Monday, May 18.

      Close contact service providers include the following businesses: Barbershops, hair salons, waxing salons, threading salons, nail salons and spas, body-art facilities and tattoo services, tanning salons, massage-therapy establishments and massage services.

      Commercial gyms will include group exercise facilities such as yoga studios, barre classes, and others.

      The governor’s announcement comes following nearly three weeks of accelerateSC meeting, in part, for the purpose of developing guidelines for operations that each of these businesses are expected to follow, if and when they choose to open.

      The “Response” component of accelerateSC, with advice and recommendations from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), have developed general guidelines for close contact service providers, along with specific guidelines for cosmetology establishments, gyms and fitness centers, and public or commercial pools.

      These guidelines include, but are not limited to the following:

      • Guidance on social distancing within businesses, including recommended capacity requirements
      • Additional cleaning and sanitizing guidelines for equipment, tables, chairs, etc.
      • Additional guidance on health checks for employees
      • Additional guidance on training for employees
      • Read Full Press Release
         
    • Gov. Henry McMaster: Restaurants Are Able to Open for Limited Dine-in Services May 11
      Governor Henry McMaster announced Friday, May 8th that restaurants throughout South Carolina will be allowed to reopen for limited dine-in services beginning Monday, May 11.

      Additionally, Governor McMaster announced that he has lifted all boating restrictions, as defined by Executive Order 2020-25, effective immediately. All laws and regulations concerning the safe operation of boats in South Carolina will now return to normal.

      Based on advice and recommendations from the “Response” component of accelerateSC, which includes input from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and the South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association (SCRLA), Governor McMaster has established guidelines for restaurants to follow if and when they choose to open for dine-in services. Those guidelines include, but are not limited to, the following:

      • Only allow 50% of posted occupancy inside, as determined by fire marshals
      • Tables should be spaced 6-8 feet apart
      • Additional cleaning and sanitizing guidelines for equipment, tables, chairs, etc.
      • Additional guidance for health checks for all employees
      • Social distancing guidance for employees and customers, including recommended
    • Gov. McMaster Removes “Work or Home” Order, “Hot Spot” Travel Restrictions and Self-Quarantine Orders; Reopens Outdoor Dining Service at Restaurants Effective May 4

      Gov. McMaster announced that effective May 4, the “work or home” order is canceled. He also removed restrictions on short term rentals to people from “hot spot” areas including NY, NJ, CT, and New Orleans, as well as removed the self-quarantine order for visitors from those “hot spot” areas. Those restrictions have been removed effective immediately.

      The order also allows restaurants to re-open outdoor dining service effective May 4. This is in addition to delivery, take-out and curbside pickup. Restaurants will be required to follow SCRLA guidelines as they reopen outdoor dining service. Guidelines for outdoor dining can be found here.
       
    • Gov. McMaster Extends COVID-19 State of Emergency 4/27/2020 - Read the Executive Order

    • Governor McMaster Alters Emergency Ordinances 4/20/2020 - Read the Executive Order

    Horry County

    • On July 3, Horry County Council passed a Face Covering Ordinance, effective immediately:

      Read the official ordinance

      Section 2. FACE COVERINGS. All persons entering any retail business, including without limitation grocery stores and pharmacies, and any business where personal services are dispensed including without limitation hair and/or nail salons, barber shops and tattoo parlors must wear a face covering (as described by the CDC) while inside the establishment. In the event the face covering interferes with the personal service provided, such as a haircut, the covering may be removed while the service is being provided. The business shall not have responsibility for enforcing this requirement, but shall post conspicuous signage at all entrances informing its patrons of the requirements of this Section 2.

      All restaurants, and retail establishments including without limitation to grocery stores and pharmacies, and businesses providing personal services including but not limited to hair and/or nail salons, barber shops and tattoo parlors, must require their employees to wear a face covering at all times while working in areas open to the general public or in areas in which interaction with other staff is likely.

      Exemptions: Any person who is unable to safely wear a face covering due to age or underlying health condition, who is unable to remove the face covering without the assistance of others, or whose religious beliefs prevent him/her from wearing a face covering. In addition, at the direction of law enforcement or first responder.

      A person who fails to comply with this Section 2 shall be guilty of a civil infraction, punishable by a fee of $25.00 for a first offence, $50.00 for a second offense, and $100.00 for a third and subsequent offense. Each day of a continuing violation shall be considered a separate and distinct offense.

      All restaurants and accommodations are urged to follow the recommendations of the Governor, CDC, SC DHEC, and the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association. And all residents and visitors are likewise urged to follow the recommendations of the Governor, CDC, and the SC DHEC.

      Section 3. TERMINATION/EXPIRATION. This Ordinance will remain in effect for sixty (60) days unless sooner terminated by Resolution of County Council.
    • Horry County Museum & L.W. Paul Living History Farm to Re-open

      The Horry County Museum and the L.W. Paul Living History Farm will re-open to normal business hours beginning Tuesday, May 26th.

      Following guidance from Governor McMaster and state agencies, Horry County will allow public access to its buildings with best safety practices being implemented. Safety measures will include:

      • Everyone in high-traffic public areas will be required to wear masks while inside facilities. This includes lobbies, waiting areas, customer service counters, etc. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own mask and wear it prior to entering the facilities.

      • Occupancy limits will be set in public areas of offices and lobbies.

      • Additional hand sanitizing stations will be stationed in public areas.

      • Enhanced cleaning operations will continue.

    To discourage large gatherings of patrons, the Museum and Farm are temporarily suspending their regular weekly and monthly programs. We encourage the public to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and to check our website at www.horrycountymuseum.org for updates on special programming in the future. The Horry County Museum and the L.W. Paul Living History Farm are free to the public and are open the following hours: Museum: Tuesday-Saturday 9 AM-5 PM, L.W. Paul Living History Farm: Tuesday-Saturday 9 AM-4 PM. For more information, call 843.915.5320 or email hcgmuseum@horrycounty.org.

    • Horry County to Reopen Administrative, Public Safety and Library Facilities on Monday

      Horry County Government will reopen its administrative, public safety, and library facilities to the public beginning Monday, May 18, 2020. Horry County recreation centers, Horry County Museum, and the L.W. Paul Living History Farm will remain closed to the public.

      Following the guidance from Gov. McMaster and state agencies, Horry County will allow public access to its buildings with the best safety practices being implemented. Safety measures will include:
      • Everyone in high-traffic public areas will be required to wear masks while inside facilities. This includes lobbies, waiting areas, customer service counters, etc. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own mask and wear it prior to entering the facilities.
      • Occupancy limits will be set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
      • Physical distancing guidelines will be in place.
      • To help alleviate crowding in public areas, Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County will continue to phase into operations as conditions permit, and ask for patience if wait times exist.

        County officials remind everyone to continue to follow CDC and S.C. DHEC safety guidelines as well as Governor Henry McMaster's executive orders that remain in effect.

      • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
      • Additional hand sanitizing stations will be stationed in public areas.
      • Enhanced cleaning operations will continue.
    • Horry County Votes to Allow Emergency Ordinance to Lapse

      Horry County Council voted 10-2 to allow the county’s “State of Emergency” to lapse May 13, at 12 p.m. The county approved a new ordinance that gives the county administrator clearer powers to continue the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The county also repealed existing local restrictions on amusements. Similar state restrictions on amusements are still in effect unless otherwise announced by the governor. The county will be holding a press conference this afternoon at 2 p.m. which can be viewed on the Horry County Government Facebook page.

    • Unincorporated Horry County Short-Term Rentals Reopened May 1

      Horry County announced that they will allow their existing ban on short-term rentals in the unincorporated parts of the County to expire on April 30.

    City of Myrtle Beach

    Emergency Response Page

    • Myrtle Beach City Council to Consider Face Mask Mandate

      The Myrtle Beach City Council will consider requiring that face masks be worn within the City of Myrtle Beach. The Proposed Executive Order is subject to change based on discussion by City Council at a meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. July 2 in council chambers at the Ted C. Collins Law Enforcement Center, 1101 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach.

      If approved as written, this order would be effective at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2020.

      Read DRAFT of Proposed Executive Order

    • On June 11th, Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune extended the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration for the City of Myrtle Beach. The extension is based on the rising number of positive COVID-19 cases locally and statewide, the fact that Horry County has been declared a “hotspot” by SC DHEC and the continued need for social distancing and other health and safety measures to prevent further spread of the illness. Attached is the new order with Mayor Bethune’s signature. It is valid for 30 days unless ended sooner and can be extended again if needed.  

    • City of Myrtle Beach Provides Update on City Services

      Assistant City Administrator Fox Simons provided Council and the public with an update on  the re-opening process of many city services and facilities including:

      • Recreation Facilities and Exercise Classes;
      • Whispering Pines Golf Course;
      • Chapin Memorial Library;
      • Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism;
        • Including Dog Parks;
      • Myrtle Beach Sports Center;
      • Upcoming Special Events;
      • Myrtle Beach Convention Center;
      • Municipal Court;
      • Law Enforcement Center;
      • City Hall/Public Works Administration Building.

        The full presentation can be found here. For more information on city-related questions, call the City’s information line at (843) 918-INFO.
    • City of Myrtle Beach Accommodations Updates

      Myrtle Beach City Council passed emergency order #8, requiring accommodations businesses to implement procedures to comply with sanitation and hygiene guidelines to minimize the spread of COVID-19. 

      This order includes a “soft” reopening period of May 1 – May 14. During this time period accommodations may honor existing reservations but may not accept new reservations from guests wishing to check-in within that timeframe. The emergency order does not bar accommodations businesses from accepting new reservations from guests wishing to check-in May 15 and later.

      Pools remain closed across South Carolina per the Governor’s orders. It is our understanding that this includes hotel pools. Any changes to this order will be made by the Governor and SCDHEC.

    • City of Myrtle Beach Reopens Beach Access Immediately

      Myrtle Beach City Council voted to reopen beach access for city residents, visitors and guests starting immediately. It may take the city a few days to remove existing barricades blocking beach access, but the beaches are currently open as are the beach accesses and related parking amenities. Myrtle Beach’s Fire Department (Ocean Rescue) and Police Department will be strictly enforcing social distancing requirements for all beachgoers. There are no lifeguards on the beach within Myrtle Beach at this time so swimming is at “your own risk,” according to the city.

    City of North Myrtle Beach 

    • North Myrtle Beach Approves Face Mask Ordinance

      Today, June 30th, the North Myrtle Beach City Council voted in favor of an ordinance that requires people to wear face coverings in public spaces. The official Ordinance can be found here.

      The ordinance will go into effect on July 2 at 12 p.m.

      The ordinance states that:

    • All persons entering any retail business, including but not limited to grocery stores and pharmacies, and any business where personal services are dispensed including but not limited to hair and/or nail salons, barbershops, and tattoo parlors must wear a face covering while inside the establishment. In the event that the face-covering interferes with the personal service provided (example: a haircut), the face-covering may be removed while the personal service is being dispensed. The business shall not have responsibility for enforcing this requirement but shall post conspicuous signage at all entrances informing its patrons of the requirements of this section.

    • A person who fails to comply with the requirements detailed above shall be guilty of a civil infraction, punishable by a fine of not more than $25.00.

    • All restaurants; retail establishments including but not limited to grocery stores and pharmacies; businesses providing personal services including but not limited to hair and nail salons, barbershops and tattoo parlors; and all government offices in the City must require their employees to wear a face-covering at all times while having face-to-face interaction with the public.

    • A person who fails to comply with the requirements detailed above shall be guilty of a civil infraction, punishable by a fine of not more than $100.00. Each day of a continuing violation of the ordinance shall be considered a separate and distinct offense.

      This emergency ordinance will be enforced by a City code compliance official or law enforcement officer.

      Exemptions from the ordinance:

    • Any person who is unable to safely wear a face-covering due to age, an underlying health condition, or is unable to remove the face covering without the assistance of others; any person whose religious beliefs prevent them from wearing a face covering.

    • Mayor Marilyn Hatley says that she hopes to lift the ordinance in 30 days.

    • FAQ: What to know about North Myrtle Beach's new mask ordinance.

    • City of NMB Votes to Extend State of Emergency 60 Days

      North Myrtle Beach City Council voted unanimously to extend a localized state of emergency an additional 60 days. The previous state of emergency was set to expire at midnight on May 14. Read the full ordinance extending the state of emergency in North Myrtle Beach.

    • North Myrtle Beach Public Beach Access Update

      The City of North Myrtle Beach reopened public beach accesses on April 21. Social distancing is required and groups of 3 or more will be dispersed. Order available here.

    Conway

    • Conway Extends State of Emergency

      On May 12th, City of Conway unanimously extended their state of emergency for 60 days. It will be in effect for an additional 60 days or unless it is decided by the council to shorten the order.

    Surfside Beach

    • Surfside Beach Extends State of Emergency additional 60 days

    • During it’s regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday night, Surfside Beach Town Council voted to extend its state of emergency an additional 60 days. This declaration allows for the town to respond quickly if there is a spike in cases and also allows more flexibility for businesses in Surfside Beach to pay certain taxes and fees.

    • Surfside Beach Short Term Rentals, Beach Access and Town Parks Update

      Surfside Beach Town Council voted to not extend short term rental restrictions expired April 30. Rentals resumed May 1. 

      The town also voted to keep beach accesses open and to drop the beach activity restrictions put in place last week (parking, chairs, fishing, umbrellas, etc.). Town Council emphasized the importance of social distancing while enjoying the beach. All town parks will also be opened.

    Pawleys Island

    • Town of Pawleys Island Short Term Rental Update

      The Town of Pawleys Island approved an order to reopen short term rentals as of May 8. More info.

    Georgetown

    • Georgetown County Extends State of Emergency, Opens MarshWalk Immediately

      During last night’s Georgetown County Council meeting, Council voted to extend its state of emergency for an additional 60 days. This state of emergency designation allows the county administrator to modify specific county policies and services. Council also voted to reopen the MarshWalk immediately. The goats on Goat Island returned to the island on Tuesday afternoon. The final measure approved by Council was to NOT pursue a capital project sales tax referendum in 2020 due to the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Georgetown County had been prepared to ask voters whether or not they supported a penny sales tax for capital projects this November, but decided to forgo that effort this year due to existing financial constraints on the business community and residents.
       
    • Georgetown County Short Term Rentals & Beach Access Update

      No action was taken by Georgetown County Council to extend the ban on short term rentals (Emergency Ordinance 20-16), which is set to expire on April 30. Veterans Pier and Jetty View Walk in Murrells Inlet will remain closed until May 15. Order available here.

    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. Please be advised, as airlines reduce capacity nation-wide, 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?

    • 8,593 cases of coronavirus are being investigated in the Grand Strand. S.C. DHEC is investigating multiple cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina.

    Are non-essential businesses still closed across the state?

    • Some close contact, non-essential businesses re-opened on May 18. Read the Governor's Full Press Release

    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 required and groups of 3 or more will be dispersed.

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

    • No, shelter in place order was canceled on May 4.

    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. As we’ve seen with national events and schools, most events have been canceled or rescheduled. There are some exceptions, so please check with the individual-business or event website for the latest information. We’re posting updates on the Coronavirus Closures & Cancellations page as well. 
    • Many restaurants are opening for dine-in service at 50% capacity and offering take-out, curbside pickup, or delivery services. Restaurants Offering To-Go Meals.
    • Many attractions remain closed at this time.

    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.