Take measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Wear a face mask, wash your hands frequently and practice social distancing. Read More
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).
To slow the spread of COVID-19 local and state leaders have passed emergency ordinances that impact Grand Strand residents and visitors.
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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.
Sponsorship provides our investors the opportunity for recognition and publicity. For some events, sponsorship will also include tickets to the event, the opportunity to speak to attendees or to distribute promotional items. Check out the Investment and Sponsorship Program and stretch your marketing budget.
MBACC took to the stage and applauded some of the best businesses and individuals in our Grand Strand community during our 82nd annual meeting.
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.