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Coronavirus Updates


April 16, 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. As this is a rapidly evolving situation, we’ll continue to post updates on this page and our social channels.

SC DHEC Note: Reported April 16, 2021, data as of April 14, 2021. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) has identified 37,874 cases (28,690 confirmed and 9,184 probable) of COVID-19 in Horry County with 52 new confirmed cases and 37 probable cases reported for April 14 in Horry County. The total number of cases in South Carolina is 567,277 (confirmed 474,358 and probable 92,919).

Emergency Orders & Restrictions

To slow the spread of COVID-19 local and state leaders have passed emergency ordinances that impact Grand Strand residents and visitors.

City of Myrtle Beach (Emergency Response Page)

April 1, 2021 – COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Extended Read ordinance; Issues New Executive Order Read order

March 1, 2021 – COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Extended Read ordinance

Feb. 1, 2021- COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Extended Read ordinance

Jan. 1, 2021 – COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Extended Read ordinance

Sept. 4, 2020 – COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Extended Read ordinance 

Aug. 10, 2020 – COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Extended Read ordinance

July 24, 2020 – 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, 2020 – Face Covering Executive Order – Read Executive Order (ordinance in place until end of January) FAQs about Myrtle Beach’s face mask order

June 26, 2020 – Emergency Executive Order Order #8B: Amendment to Address Maximum Occupancy of Passenger and Service Elevators Read order

June 11, 2020 – COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Extended Read ordinance

May 26, 2020 – City Services Open Read update

May 12, 2020 –  Myrtle Beach Provides Update on City Services Read update

May 11, 2020 – 8B – Amendment to Address Maximum Occupancy of Passenger and Service Elevators Read order

May 4, 2020 - 1A - Restaurants – Emergency Order 1A allowed for additional signage for restaurants during the prohibition on dine-in services. Read order 

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. Read order 

April 28, 2020 – 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 

Jan. 27, 2021 – Face Covering Emergency Ordinance Read Declaration (extended emergency declaration and mask ordinance for 60 days) On March 10, 2021, North Myrtle Beach updated its Protocol Guidelines for Restaurants. Read more.

Dec. 2, 2020 – Face Covering Emergency Ordinance (extended emergency declaration and mask ordinance for 60 days)

Oct. 19, 2020 – Face Covering Emergency Ordinance (extended mask ordinance until emergency declaration relating to pandemic is no longer in place)

June 30, 2020 – Face Covering Emergency Ordinance Read Ordinance 
FAQs about North Myrtle Beach’s face mask ordinance

Surfside Beach

July 7, 2020 – Face Covering 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.

Horry County

July 3, 2020 – Face Covering Emergency Ordinance Read Ordinance (Sept. 1 extended until Oct. 30)

May 29, 2020 – Update on Horry County Government Services – Horry County Museum and L.W. Paul Living History Farm open. Read More

May 18, 2020 – 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, 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. 

Georgetown County

Dec. 8, 2020 – Face Covering Emergency Ordinance Read Ordinance (ordinance extended through Jan. 27, 2021)
Additional face mask resources

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. Read More

Pawleys Island

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 

State of South Carolina

SC Governor’s Executive Orders

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.

Webinars/Networking Events

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!

If you can't catch these webinars live, we will share a link to the recordings on our social media and website

4/16, 12 p.m. – Ribbon-Cutting: Knockout Your Workout – Knockout Your Workout is a circuit-styled gym led by certified personal trainers. Attendees will be given private tours of the new innovative 2,700 sq. ft. building and enjoy small food bites and freebie bags. Learn more

4/21, 12 p.m. - Ribbon-Cutting: C.T. Lowndes & Company Insurance Agency – The ceremony is celebrating the new Myrtle Beach location. C.T. Lowndes & Company Insurance Agency is a family-owned independent agency offering personal and commercial coverages. Enjoy refreshments and door prizes. Learn more

4/22, 9 a.m. - Business Strategies for Surviving & Thriving During COVID-19, Part III: A Financial Perspective - Join us for a panel discussion that will cover the safeguards and opportunities when faced with economic downturn and uncertainty. Speakers include Elaine Reynolds, national sales manager at Synergi Partners, and Will Manning, senior vice president, market executive at Bank of America. Moderated by Ryan Swaim of Dunes Realty. Sponsored by Myrtle Beach Area Chamber’s North Strand, South Strand and West of the Waterway Councils. Register here

4/22, 3 p.m. – Ribbon-Cutting: Children’s Recovery Center – The center has a new building that will help with the expansion of services from their current location on 1801 Legion St. in Myrtle Beach. The Children’s Recovery Center provides a safe place where coordinated child abuse investigations can occur giving victims the chance to heal. They have been open since 1996 and seen more than 7,000 children. Enjoy appetizers, beverages, and tours of both of their buildings. Learn more

4/23, 10:30 a.m. – Workforce Conversations: Tips on Hiring Employees -The need for qualified workers to fill positions at our businesses along the Grand Strand has become a conversation and headline over the past few weeks. Join Karen Riordan, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, as she discusses the initiatives being taken to connect employers with potential staff. She also will be joined by Rusty Gaskins of the Waccamaw Council of Government and Kim Burke with SC Department of Employment and Workforce who will detail tips and tricks for recruiting as well as services and programs business can tap into for assistance. Register here

4/26, 8 a.m. – Ribbon-Cutting: Bark in Style – Bark in Style is passionate about dogs and will treat your dogs like they are part of their family. They strive to be the leading dog groomer and dog hotel in Myrtle Beach and cater to all age groups. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the facility and learn more from the owners. Refreshments will be served. Learn more

4/27, 9 a.m. - FLSA and the Investigative Process – Join Carmen Rodriguez, community outreach and planning specialist for the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Wage & Hour, as she details the Fair Labor Standards Acts (FLSA). This webinar will look into record-keeping of your employees, computing overtime and addressing exempt workers, child labor laws, hazardous occupations and much more. Rodriguez also will talk about the investigation process when there has been a violation of FLSA. Register here

4/27, 12 p.m. – Ribbon Cutting: Crooked Hammock Brewery – Crooked Hammock Brewery offers brew tours, taproom, restaurant, Tortuga Island Bar, Happy Camper food truck and a backyard experience like no other. There is a fire pit, large fireplace, bocce ball, cornhole, and of course, hammocks. There is plenty of room for kids to play, pets to hang out and friends and family to make lasting memories. Learn more

4/27, 3 p.m. – Ribbon-Cutting: Seaglass Cottage Apartment Homes – Seaglass Cottage Apartment Homes is cottage rental community that has opened the door to a new way of life at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. Attendees will be able to take tours of the cottage home community and refreshments will be served. Learn more

4/28, 12 p.m. – Ribbon-Cutting: EcoShield Asphalt Products - At EcoShield Asphalt Products, they believe you should not have to sacrifice quality and durability for a safer, cleaner material and vice versa. EcoShield Asphalt Products is proud to bring this innovative product to the East Coast, made right in the heart of South Carolina and the only asphalt treatment manufactured in the Palmetto State. Learn more

4/29, 3 p.m. – Ribbon-Cutting: Inspire Coastal Grand - Inspire Coastal Grand is Myrtle Beach's only 55+ active adult apartment community. Attendees will be able to tour the facility and enjoy refreshing spirits. Learn more

5/12, 9 a.m. - Webinar: Experiencing a Vaccinated Society - Are You Ready? - When was the last time you were in a crowded room without a mask? Or ate inside a restaurant at peak dinner hour? Does the thought of stepping onto a plane overwhelm you? The way we look at the world and our interactions with friends and strangers have changed drastically over the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Join Coastal Samaritan Counseling Center and Tidelands Health as we give an update and answer any questions about vaccines and ways to prepare yourself for those anxiety-inducing experiences in a vaccinated society. Register here

Grand Strand SCORE – View list of webinars

Small Business Administration – View list of webinars 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce – View list of webinars

Missed a webinar? View recordings.

Horry County Update

Horry County is in close communication with our partners at local, state and national levels and is 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.  

Community Updates

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

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.

Small Business Financial Assistance ​​​

HR Resources

  • Temporary Rule: Paid Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act –  U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced revisions to regulations that implement the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Read the revised rule, which went into effect Sept. 16, 2020.
  • Unemployment Benefits are Taxable – Unemployment benefits must be reported on your federal tax return. A record number of Americans are applying for unemployment compensation due to the COVID-19 outbreak. If you received unemployment benefits, as well as the additional $600 per week in coronavirus relief any time during the year, your tax return may be affected.
  • EEOC Updates COVID-19 Guidance - U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published an update to its guidance titled “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws.” The updated guidance adds new questions and answers adapted from other EEOC technical resources, with a focus on providing employers with guidance on testing, inquiries, and return-to-work issues. View highlights from Nexsen Pruet
  • Wage and Hour Division added three new FAQs to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers website. These FAQs (#98 through 100) address the reopening of elementary and secondary schools.
  • U.S. Department of Labor’s PAID Program Helps Workers and Employers as America Reopens – Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) Program continues to provide an avenue to get workers the wages they are owed, bring employers into compliance and accomplish both goals with an efficiency that saves taxpayers money.
  • Determining Your FFCRA Eligibility – Do the requirements and benefits provided for in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) apply to you? This tool will quickly walk you through a handful of options to determine your eligibility as an employee for paid sick leave or paid expanded family and medical leave, or your obligations as an employer to provide paid sick leave or paid expanded family and medical leave.

What to do if a team member tests positive

History of the Coronavirus 

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. 

Symptoms of the Coronavirus

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.

Practice Good Health Hygiene

  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.

COVID-19 Hotlines

  • 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 7 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days a week. In the event of an emergency, please call 911. Visit Website
  • DHEC COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line  > 1-866-365-8110
    People who have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines or who need help finding vaccine providers and their contact information are asked to call the DHEC COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line. Staff is answering calls from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days a week.
  • For mental health or substance abuse services related to COVID-19, call SC Hopes support line 24/7 at 1-844-724-6737 (1-844-SC-HOPES). Visit Website
  • Free COVID-19 Testing – All listed DHEC mobile and popup testing clinics are free. View List of Clinics
  • Several South Carolina health systems are offering telehealth options to the public. These options are available to anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms in South Carolina. In order to access the free consult, use the promo code COVID19.
  • COVID-19 Screening Tool – Apple and CDC, together with the White House and FEMA, launched a new website and app with a COVID-19 screening tool and resources to help people protect their health.
  • 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 a 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.
  • Doctors Care Anywhere - See a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant within minutes, using your computer, phone or tablet.
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April 2, 2021

2020-2021 Business Awards

MBACC took to the stage and applauded some of the best businesses and individuals in our Grand Strand community during our 82nd annual meeting.

April 16, 2021

Horry County Students Virtual Job Fair

Find a great summer job! Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association and Horry County Schools are hosting a Virtual Job Fair for Horry County students.