Take measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Wear a face mask, wash your hands frequently and practice social distancing. A face mask is required by several municipalities throughout the Grand Strand. Read More
Jan. 22, 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 Jan. 22, 2021, data as of Jan. 20, 2021. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) has identified 26,879 cases (22,444 confirmed and 4,435 probable) of COVID-19 in Horry County with 163 new confirmed cases and 19 probable cases reported for Jan. 20 in Horry County. The total number of cases in South Carolina is 409,188 (confirmed 369,782 and probable 39,406).
To slow the spread of COVID-19 local and state leaders have passed emergency ordinances that impact Grand Strand residents and visitors.
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.
Dec. 2, 2020 – Face Covering Emergency Ordinance Read Ordinance (extended emergency declaration and mask ordinance for 60 days)
Oct. 19, 2020 – Face Covering Emergency Ordinance Read Ordinance (extended 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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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!
1/22, 3 p.m. – Ribbon-Cutting: OrthoSC – The doctors of OrthoSC provide comprehensive surgical and medical care, including orthopedic surgery and nonsurgical treatment for the ankle, back, elbow, foot, hand, hip, knee, neck, shoulder, spine and wrist. Register here
1/26, 9 a.m. – What is Your Long-Term Care Plan? - Do you think there is a possibility you could live into your mid-80s or early 90s? If so, do you think there is a possibility that you could become frail and need some form of care one day? There is more than a 70 percent chance that you will need some form of care in the future, and long-term care insurance could potentially be the greatest purchase you ever make. Come hear the pros and cons of long-term care planning and see if it is right for you! Presented by Reid Mathews, Berry Financial Group. Register here
1/28, 8:30 a.m. – 2021 Tax Update With Liberty Tax - Join us for a webinar with Samantha Slapnik of Liberty Tax to learn about any updates and changes you need to know ahead of the tax deadline this April. Register here
2/2, 9 a.m. - Chamber Access: Maximize Your Membership – Whether you just joined Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce or are a longtime investor, these benefit updates are a great way to connect with your chamber and other investors. Register here
2/3, 9 a.m. – The Miracle of Life Insurance – Life insurance has been around since the early 18th century. Anything that has lasted hundreds of years is surely valuable. Some even call it a miracle product. Do you need life insurance? If so, how much and what kind? We will dive into the pros and cons of life insurance and the steps to add it to your portfolio and financial plan. Presented by Reid Mathews, Berry Financial Group. 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
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.
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.
What to do if a team member tests positive
How to report COVID-19
Report immediately a suspected COVID-19 case by contacting SC DHEC at:
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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