COVID-19 is receiving considerable media attention at this time. It is imperative that we as a community stay informed and prepared to respond to inquiries from concerned citizens and travelers. Read More
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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. Horry County has identified 410 cases of COVID-19 with the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina at 11,131.
Like most communities across the country, we here in the Grand Strand are trying to find our way through all the difficulties stemming from COVID-19. Consequently, we are interested in learning how all of you are doing in these uncertain times.
Please take this quick survey and let us know how you feel about matters relating to COVID-19. The information you provide will help us determine how best to respond to your needs in these uncertain times.
To slow the spread of COVID-19 local and state leaders have passed emergency ordinances that impact Grand Strand residents and visitors.
May 26, 2020 – City Services Open Read the update
May 12, 2020 – Myrtle Beach Provides Update on City Services Read the update
May 11, 2020 – 8B – Amendment to Address Maximum Occupancy of Passenger and Service Elevators – Revisions removed the limit of one guest on elevators and added elevators should have signs detailing elevator occupancy limits, social distancing, use of face masks in elevators and encouraging use of stairs. Read the full order here
May 4, 2020 - 1A - Restaurants – Emergency Order 1A was issued near the start of the State of Emergency. The Order allowed for additional signage for restaurants during the prohibition on dine-in services. Now that Governor McMaster has authorized outdoor dining starting May 4, this amendment is to allow for up to 25 percent of a restaurants required parking area to be taken up with tents and extra tables and chair for outdoor dining. The order also imposes many of the same restrictions that are in place for hotels, as well as the guidelines from the Governor’s Executive Order relating to hygiene and sanitization for outdoor dining. Read the full order here.
May 4, 2020 – 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. In addition to operations, sanitization and public safety measures, the initial Emergency Order provided that accommodations businesses shall be allowed to honor existing reservations for the period of May 1-May 15. There was no restriction on new or existing reservations made for a check-in date of May 16 or later. This new amendment to Executive Order 8A moves the “soft-opening period” end date to May 14, meaning that accommodations businesses will be able to accept new reservations for the weekend, beginning Friday, May 15. Read the full order here.
April 28, 2020 – Public Beach Access – Myrtle Beach City Council voted to reopen beach access for city residents, visitors and guests starting immediately.
April 28, 2020 – City of North Myrtle Beach Short- and Long-Term Rental Update – Read News Release
April 20, 2020 – Public Beach Access - City of North Myrtle Beach reopened public beach accesses April 21. Social distancing is required and groups of three or more will be dispersed. Read Resolution
April 28, 2020 – 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.
May 18, 2020 – Update on Horry County Government Services – Horry County Government has reopened its administrative, public safety, and library facilities to the public. Horry County recreation centers, Horry County Museum and the L.W. Paul Living History Farm will remain closed to the public. Read More
April 28, 2020 – 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, 2020 – Public Beach Access – Per Gov. McMaster’s latest executive order, public beach accesses in the unincorporated areas of Horry County reopened April 21. The governor’s executive order requiring individuals from different family units to stay 6 or more feet apart remains in effect. Law enforcement will continue to disperse groups of three or more who pose a threat to public health.
April 28, 2020 – 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. The MarshWalk, Veterans Pier and Jetty View Walk in Murrells Inlet will remain closed until May 15. Read More
April 30, 2020 – Short-Term Rentals – The Town of Pawleys Island approved an order to reopen short-term rentals as of May 8. Read More
We urge you to continue following the recommendations of the federal government, CDC, SCDHEC and local officials as we navigate these uncertain times together. Be safe. Be calm. Be responsible. Be #GrandStrandStrong.
Myrtle Beach Area Chamber wants to continue to support local businesses during these times of uncertainty. We've partnered with industry experts to host webinars for businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Plus, we have fun networking events allowing you to stay-in-touch with fellow investors!
June 1, 12 p.m. – Small Business Brainstorming and Collaboration Meeting – In partnership with Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Gina Trimarco, of Carolina Improv, facilitates this weekly video conference to help small businesses brainstorm and collaborate ideas for surviving during and thriving after the pandemic. Register here
June 2, 9 a.m. – Better Than an MBA - A 2018 Harvard Business Review article stated "Self-Awareness Can Help Leaders More Than an MBA Can.” Yet many of us struggle to gain accurate self-awareness, let alone leverage it in our leadership of our businesses. In this session, Mark Burlinson will give you several tools to develop self-awareness, and you will leave with learning you can put into action right away. Register here
June 4, 10 a.m. – A Virtual Tour With Tides Eye Photography – Join Donald Hovis, Tides Eye Photography, for a unique behind the scenes opportunity showcasing how they are helping real estate agents and property managers showcase their properties virtually with the Matterport Pro 2 Camera. Register here
June 8, 12 p.m. – Small Business Brainstorming and Collaboration Meeting – In partnership with Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Gina Trimarco, of Carolina Improv, facilitates this weekly video conference to help small businesses brainstorm and collaborate ideas for surviving during and thriving after the pandemic. Register here
June 9, 9 a.m. – Webinar: Learn More About Leadership Grand Strand – Join Leadership Grand Strand Executive Director Diana Greene as she takes you through the details of the program from class sessions to leadership training to community service projects. Hear from guests on their first-hand experience with LGS. Best of all, Diana will give you hints and information about how to fill out your application to make it stand out to the selection committee. Register here
June 9, 9 a.m. – Families First Coronavirus Response Act Webinar for SC Stakeholders – Presented by U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division. Watch this video to see if you are eligible for paid leave. Register here
June 9, 2 p.m. – Get Your Business Ready for Severe Weather: How to Prepare, Respond and Recover – Did you know at least one in four businesses that close because of a disaster never reopens? The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety is partnering with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Insurance Information Institute for a free webinar on how to help businesses get ready for severe weather. Register here
June 11, 3 p.m. – Dealing With Stress in Life and Business – Stress and anxiety are a normal part of life and even more so since we have been experiencing the Covid 19 Pandemic. This workshop will give you some tips and strategies on how to cope with stress whether it is in your business or in your personal life. Presented by Grand Strand SCORE. Register here
June 15, 12 p.m. – Small Business Brainstorming and Collaboration Meeting – In partnership with Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Gina Trimarco, of Carolina Improv, facilitates this weekly video conference to help small businesses brainstorm and collaborate ideas for surviving during and thriving after the pandemic. Register here
June 22, 12 p.m. – Small Business Brainstorming and Collaboration Meeting – In partnership with Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Gina Trimarco, of Carolina Improv, facilitates this weekly video conference to help small businesses brainstorm and collaborate ideas for surviving during and thriving after the pandemic. Register here
June 29, 12 p.m. – Small Business Brainstorming and Collaboration Meeting – In partnership with Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Gina Trimarco, of Carolina Improv, facilitates this weekly video conference to help small businesses brainstorm and collaborate ideas for surviving during and thriving after the pandemic. Register here
Grand Strand SCORE – View list of webinars
South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Webinars – View list of webinars
Horry County is in close communication with our partners at local, state and national levels and are monitoring the situation closely. We will continue to follow the latest guidance offered by leading health authorities. We urge travelers to follow the CDC for guidance on international travel and follow best health practices such as good health hygiene, proper handwashing, and consulting with a doctor about any personal health concerns.
This federal legislation provides relief for small businesses. Here are some resources to help you learn more about the funds available for individuals, families, employers and employees.
Q. If an individual is only on part-time unemployment, will she or he still qualify for the additional $600/week?
A. This is guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Labor on the FPUC $600. As long as the individual receives $1 in UI benefits, then they will receive the additional $600. If they are eligible for UI, but do not receive at least $1, due to part time work or other factors, then they do NOT receive the $600. The language below can be found in attachment 1 on page 10 of the pdf from DoL here: https://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/UIPL/UIPL_15-20.pdf
Section 2104(b)(1) of the CARES Act requires the additional $600 FPUC to be paid to individuals “in amounts and to the extent that they would be determined if the State law of the State were applied with respect to any week for which the individual is ... otherwise entitled under the State law to receive regular compensation.” This includes regular UC, PEUC, PUA, EB, STC, TRA, DUA, and SEA.
a. Determining entitlement to FPUC.
i. States will calculate the weekly benefit amount, for the programs outlined above.
ii. If the individual is eligible to receive at least one dollar ($1) of underlying benefits for the claimed week, the claimant will receive the full $600 FPUC.
The outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, now named COVID-19, began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The outbreak continues to spread from person to person in China, with some person-to-person transmissions reported in other countries, including the United States. Public health authorities learn more every day about this new illness and health threat.
Coronavirus infection in humans can result in respiratory illness ranging from the common cold to more serious diseases such as pneumonia. The symptoms are similar to those caused by other respiratory viruses, such as the flu, and include fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
The virus is spread by direct contact with respiratory droplets that are sneezed or coughed from people who are ill. At this time, there is no specific treatment for the illness. Instead, treatment involves supportive care for symptoms. Efforts are underway to develop a vaccine.
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Restaurants providing indoor and outdoor dining, takeout, delivery and curbside pickup.
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 people to visit responsibly.