Healthy Travel Information

    (As of November 20, 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 was extended on September 30, 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 The order will remain in effect for 60 days or until rescinded.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 was extended on October 19, 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 November 20th, 2020, there are 14,051 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.
    • 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

    Horry County

    • July 3 – Face Covering Emergency Ordinance Read Ordinance 

    • May 29 – Update on Horry County Government Services –  Horry County Museum and L.W. Paul Living History Farm open. Read More

    • May 18 – Update on Horry County Government Services – Horry County Government has reopened its administrative, public safety, and library facilities to the public.Read More

    • April 28 – Unincorporated Horry County Short-Term Rentals Allowed to Reopen May 1 – Horry County has announced that they will allow their existing ban on short-term rentals in the unincorporated parts of the county to expire on April 30.

    • April 20 – Public Beach Access – Per Gov. McMaster’s latest executive order, public beach accesses in the unincorporated areas of Horry County reopened April 21.

    City of Myrtle Beach

    Emergency Response Page

    • July 24 – Emergency Order 1B – Allowing all businesses in the city to additional temporary signage for the purpose of advertising the operational status of the business – Read order

    • July 2 – Face Covering Executive Order – Read Executive Order 
      FAQs about Myrtle Beach’s face mask order

    • June 26 – Emergency Executive Order Order #8B: Amendment to Address Maximum Occupancy of Passenger and Service Elevators Read order

    • June 11 – COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Extended Read ordinance

    • May 26 – City Services Open Read update

    • May 12 –  Myrtle Beach Provides Update on City Services Read update

    • May 11 – 8B – Amendment to Address Maximum Occupancy of Passenger and Service Elevators Read order

    • May 4 - 1A - Restaurants – Emergency Order 1A allowed for additional signage for restaurants during the prohibition on dine-in services. Read order 

    • May 4 – 8A - Hotels and Short-Term Rentals – Emergency Order 8A was issued on April 30 and this dealt with the “soft-opening period” for hotels and short-term rentals. Read order

    • April 28 – Public Beach Access – Myrtle Beach City Council voted to reopen beach access for city residents, visitors and guests starting immediately.

    City of North Myrtle Beach 

    Surfside Beach

    • July 7 – Face Covering Resolution

    • April 28 – Short-Term Rentals – Surfside Beach Town Council voted to not extend their short-term rental restrictions, which will expire on April 30. This means rentals can resume May 1.

      Beaches are open. Town Council emphasized the importance of social distancing while enjoying the beach. All town parks are open.

    Pawleys Island

    • April 30  Short-Term Rentals – The Town of Pawleys Island approved an order to reopen short-term rentals as of May 8. Read More 

    Georgetown

    • July 2 – Face Covering Emergency Ordinance Read Ordinance 
      Additional face mask resources

    • April 28 – Short-Term Rentals & Public Beach Access –  No action was taken by Georgetown County Council to extend the ban on short-term rentals (Emergency Ordinance 20-16), which expired on April 30. County beach accesses reopened May 1. Read More

    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 Internation 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?

    • 14,051 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 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. 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.