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COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak Readiness


Updates From MBACC/MBACVB

April 7, 2020, 5 p.m.

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. Ninety-one cases of coronavirus have been identified in Horry County.

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 (Quick Reference Brochure)

All accommodations businesses in the City of Myrtle Beach, including hotels, motels, condo hotels, rental properties, inclusive of private management companies and Airbnb, VRBO style lodging, plus public and private campgrounds:

  • Shall not accept new reservations or extend current reservations for any period prior to May effective immediately (such time limit is subject to further modification), except as indicated below. (See amended order for exemptions.)
  • Existing reservations made for a period beginning Saturday, March 28, 2020, through April 30, 2020, will be rescheduled or canceled. 
  • Those units consistently occupied since March 1, 2020, are exempt from the order but may not be joined by other occupants including friends and family members.
  • All visitors who do not meet the above exemption must vacate the property by noon, Sunday, March 29, 2020. 
     

All amusements designed to attract and accommodate visitors, are hereby ordered to close effective Friday, March 27, 2020, including but not limited to:

  • Movie and live performance theaters.
  • Golf courses in the City limits (although locals’ play is allowed)
  • Mini golf courses
  • Moped and golf cart rental operations
  • Amusement parks and arcades


 As ensuring public health is a shared responsibility:

  • Residents are requested to continue to wash or sanitize hands frequently, to frequently disinfect home and work surfaces that may lead to the spread of the coronavirus, and to practice even more stringent social distancing procedures. 
  • Businesses that remain open to the public are requested to:
    • Redouble all CDC and DHEC recommended sanitation and disinfection procedures, and to emphasize such procedures to their employees.
    • Establish safe distancing guidelines for all cashier and payment areas to encourage a separation of customers of at least six feet between customers.
    • Enforce six feet separation requirements whenever possible in waiting rooms, lobby areas, and workstations. 
    • Encourage that business be conducted over the telephone or electronically whenever possible. 


Read City of Myrtle Beach Ordinance

Update to one of the City of Myrtle Beach’s emergency orders, clarifying the rules regarding short-term rentals. With limited exceptions, new reservations for and occupancy of accommodations units within the City of Myrtle Beach are prohibited until May 1 under previous emergency orders. However, property managers, unit owners and others in the accommodations industry have asked whether individual owners of accommodations units are allowed to occupy the units they own during the coronavirus emergency. 

With respect to units owned by private individuals, April 3, 2020, amendment makes the following clarifications: 

  • If a property is occupied as a year-round primary residence, the unit may be used exclusively by that owner while the emergency order is in effect. 
  • If a property is used exclusively as a second home and is not used as a rental property in any way, then the unit may be used solely by that owner while the emergency order is in effect.
  • If, however, that unit is used for rentals, regardless of the frequency, then the unit may not be used by the property owner while the emergency order is in effect. 
  • For the purpose of this section, if a unit is owned by an entity, such as an LLC, rather than an individual, then the owner of that LLC or other entity is considered to be the owner of the unit.
  • The April 3 amended order can be read here.


City of Myrtle Beach Closes Parks, Issues Executive Orders in Response to COVID-19 – All city parks, including Barc Parc North, Barc Parc South, Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium and the tennis courts, closed Monday, April 6, 2020, until further notice. Additionally, Myrtle Beach City Manager John Pedersen issued two new executive orders regarding home deliveries and public conveyances.  


City of North Myrtle Beach 
  • Rental or use of short-term rentals, including but not limited to hotels, motels, condo hotels, rental properties, inclusive of private management companies and HOAs, Airbnb, VRBO style lodging, public and private campgrounds and other overnight accommodations beginning 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 31, through April 30, 2020, shall be prohibited.
  • Visitors currently checked in prior to March 31, 2020, may remain as long as they are abiding by Executive Order number 2020-14 issued by Governor Henry McMaster to self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Exempt: Short-Term Rentals extended to Government, Hospital, Health Agency, Law Enforcement, Military, Health Care Personnel and other Critical Personnel actively responding to COVID-19.  
     

Read City of North Myrtle Beach Ordinance
 

Surfside Beach
  • Rental and use of short-term rentals, including, but not limited to hotels, motels, condo hotels, rental properties, inclusive of private management companies and HOA’s, Airbnb, VRBO style lodging, and other overnight accommodations for 29 days or less beginning 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2020, through April 30, 2020, shall be prohibited. Visitors currently checked in may remain until the end of their existing reservations. Exempt: Short-term rentals extended to government, hospital, health agency, law enforcement, military and other critical personnel actively responding to COVID-19.

This ordinance goes into effect at 11 a.m. March 28, not 7 a.m. as originally outlined. An updated copy of the ordinance will be posted soon.

Read Surfside Beach Ordinance
 

Horry County
  • Shorter-term rentals and amusement type activities in the unincorporated areas of Horry County are prohibited from Saturday, March 28, 2020, at 11 a.m. through April 30, 2020.
  • Golf courses are not restricted in the ordinance and are allowed to remain open. Appropriate social distancing is encouraged.
     

Read Horry County Ordinance 
 

Georgetown County
  • New short term rentals in all unincorporated areas of the county beginning at 12 a.m. March 28 and lasting until May 1 are prohibited. This applies to all accommodations businesses in unincorporated areas of the county, including but not limited to condos, hotels, beach houses, Airbnb, campgrounds, hunting cabins and other overnight lodgings. All are prohibited from accepting new reservations for any period of time through the end of April. Any exiting reservations for this time period must be modified or canceled. Visitors currently checked in prior to 12 a.m. March 28 may remain through their existing reservation, but may not extend their stay. Any units consistently occupied by the same occupant since March 1 are exempt, but new occupants including family and friends cannot be added at the unit. Exempt - short-term rentals for applicable health, government, military, law enforcement and other personnel responding to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency.
     

Read Georgetown County Ordinance


Pawleys Island
  • No new check-ins are permitted for short-term rentals and other overnight accommodations beginning 5 p.m. Saturday, March 28 through April 30, 2020. Visitors currently checked in may remain until the end of their existing reservations. Long-term rentals of 30 days or more are still permitted by showing a valid lease agreement.
     

Read Pawleys Island Ordinance
 

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 delivery of supplies.
  • Please be advised, as airlines reduce capacity nation-wide, 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 our 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.
     
State of South Carolina
  • April 6, 2020 – Gov. Henry McMaster issued a mandatory “home or work” order, effective Tuesday, April 7, at 5 p.m. Under this order, all South Carolinians must stay home unless going to work, visiting family, exercising outdoors, or obtaining essential goods and services.


Additionally, retail stores that remain open are required to limit the number of customers in the store to no more than five customers per 1,000 sq. ft. or 20% capacity according to the fire marshal, whichever is less. 

No additional businesses were closed under this order.

Furniture Stores
Home Furnishing Stores
Clothing Stores
Shoe and Clothing Accessory Stores
Jewelry Stores
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores
Department Stores
Florists
Sporting Goods Stores
Book Stores
Craft and Music Stores

Home Improvement Stores, Firearms Retailers, and Hardware Stores are not included in this order.  

Gov. McMaster also issued an executive order immediately suspending short-term rentals from CDC identified hotspots. This includes but is not limited to hotels, motels, rental houses, Airbnb and timeshares. 

This order includes exceptions for military, medical or first responders and commercial transportation.

  • March 31, 2020, Gov. Henry McMaster issued executive order 2020-17 closing all non-essential businesses in South Carolina that include close contact between individuals. Closures are effective at 5 p.m. on April 1, 2020. Read Executive Order

    The following businesses are included in this order:
    Entertainment venues and facilities: bowling alleys, night clubs, arcades, concert venues, theaters, auditoriums, performing arts centers, tourist attractions including museums, planetariums and aquariums, racetracks, indoor children play areas (excluding daycares), adult entertainment venues, bingo halls, venues operated by social clubs.
    Recreational/athletic facilities and activities: fitness and exercise centers and commercial gyms, spas and public pools, group exercise facilities to include yoga, barre and spin studios or facilities, spectator sports, sports that involve interaction with another person in close proximity and within less than 6’ of another person, activities that require use of shared sporting equipment, public playground equipment.
    Close contact service providers: barber shops, hair salons, waxing salons, threading salons, nail salons and spas, body art facilities and tattoo services, tanning salons, massage therapy establishments and massage services.

    Please note, businesses such as grocery stores, Walmart, Target and other big box stores are not included in this order.

    Business owners who need clarification should complete the Essential Business Clarification form at sccommerce.com/clarification-business-designation-form or contact the S.C. Department of Commerce by email at covid19sc@sccommerce.com or phone at 803-734-2873.

  • Gov. Henry McMaster has closed public access to all beaches and has closed all public boat ramps, landings and other access points on the state's lakes, rivers and waterways. “This Section does not apply to individuals possessing a current, valid commercial fishing license or permit to the extent such individuals may seek to utilize or rely upon public piers, docks, wharfs, boat ramps, or boat landings in connection with commercial fishing activities,” the governor’s order reads. The order does not impact the rights of private property owners living on beaches, lakes, rivers, or waterways in any way.
  • All restaurants and bars across the state are prohibited from providing dine-in service. Outdoor seating is a dine-in service and is prohibited by the governor’s executive order. These establishments may continue to provide curbside pickup, takeout and delivery. Restaurants are allowed to sell sealed containers of beer and wine for curbside pickup or “to-go” orders only. No open containers or delivery services. On March 28, by executive order 2020-15 Gov. McMaster extended the closure of dine-in service through April 12, 2020.
  • All South Carolina state parks are closed effective Saturday, March 28 through April 30, 2020. This includes day-use areas such as picnic grounds, lakefronts and trails. Visitors currently occupying campsites and cabins may remain through the duration of their rental reservation as long as they continue practicing social distancing. All new reservation arrivals between March 28 and April 30 will be canceled and refunds issued.
  • By order of the state, there is a 14-day mandatory quarantine of anyone coming to South Carolina from a COVID-19 hotspot. This includes New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and the city of New Orleans. Visitors are required to isolate or self-quarantine for 14 days from the time of entry in South Carolina or the duration of the person’s stay in South Carolina, whichever period is shorter.


COVID-19 remains a rapidly evolving situation. We will continue posting updates here and on our social channels to keep you updated until this situation is resolved. Many businesses remain open at this time, but as this situation remains fluid, we recommend you contact individual businesses for the latest accurate information.

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 #MyrtleBeachStrong.


Webinars

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. 

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

April 8, 11 a.m. - Self-Care in Crisis - Join us for a webinar with Layla Hartmann of Grace Revealed to learn how to stay at peace and practice self care in the midst of juggling shifts of lifestyle during this global pandemic. Register for the webinar here.

April 9, 8:30 a.m. - Financial Wellness During COVID-19 - Are you feeling financial stress from COVID-19? Join BB&T now Truist for a financial wellness webinar to help you gain control over your finances. Learn budgeting and saving tips. Register for the webinar here.

April 9, 4:30 p.m. - Tele Town Hall - South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham along with Congressman Tom Rice invite you to a Tele Town Hall to discuss the recently passed CARES Act and what it means for South Carolina workers, businesses and our health care system. Call Number: 855-756-7520. Meeting ID: 59104#

April 9, 12 p.m. – CARES Act – Presented by S.C. Office of Innovation. Submit questions to be answered during the webinar, by 5 p.m. April 8. Learn More

April 10, 1:30 p.m. - Coping With Anxiety – Join us for a Facebook Live with Dr. Jessica Greene, owner, operator, licensed therapist with Next Level Behavioral Health and Wellness, as we talk to her about the anxiety people may be feeling over coronavirus and being cooped up in their houses or isolated and a couple tips to help people deal with those feelings.

April 13, 10:30 a.m. – NP Strategy Webinar – Join NP Strategy’for a free 30-minute online coaching session to discuss best practices for marketing and promotion. The webinar will take place every Monday in April at 10:30 a.m. Register for the webinar here.

April 13, 11:30 a.m. - The Challenges of the Covid-19 Workforce – Phishing, Bombing, Hacking and Etiquette - As we continue to morph in to the virtual work life, it is time to take a breath and strategically think about how our virtual environments are setup to protect our homes, businesses, and reputation. Presented by Chris Bianco, Owner of TeamLogic IT. Register for the webinar here.

April 13, 12 p.m. – Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Group – Join Gina Trimarco and other members of the Myrtle Beach business community for a collaborative brainstorming session to help your business be successful after the pandemic. This meeting will happen every Monday in April at noon. Register for the webinar here.

April 14, 10 a.m. - 21 Days to Success – Join Kim Fowler of Fowler Life Coaching to learn how to keep yourself accountable during these challenging times and jump start all areas of your live to be productive and successful. Register for the webinar here.

April 14, 3 p.m. – SBA Disaster Loan Opportunities – Presented by Grand Strand SCORE and South Carolina Small Business Administration. William Furman, senior area manager with SBA, will be speaking about how to apply for SBA loans and the entire process. Furman also will be answering questions about the process and what small businesses can expect in the coming weeks. Register for the webinar here.

April 15, 12 p.m. - Best Practices for Protecting Remote Worker Cyber Security - Learn how to effectively ensure productivity while efficiently managing cyber risk for a remote workforce. By attending the webinar you will be entered to win one of three $25 Gift Cards! Presented by Eric Moore from PC Matic. Register for the webinar here.

April 16, 1:30 p.m. - Improving Your Skills When Everything is at a Stand Still - Life is incredibly uncertain right now and there is no sense of normal which makes life extremely difficult. Join Mikaela Kate Schaefer, speaker, writer, coach and owner of Mikaela Kate Training, unpack a few tips and thoughts to dial in your focus to make the most of this time. Register for the webinar here.

April 20, 10:30 a.m. – NP Strategy Webinar – Join NP Strategy’for a free 30-minute online coaching session to discuss best practices for marketing and promotion. The webinar will take place every Monday in April at 10:30 a.m. Register for the webinar here.

April 20, 12 p.m. – Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Group – Join Gina Trimarco and other members of the Myrtle Beach business community for a collaborative brainstorming session to help your business be successful after the pandemic. This meeting will happen every Monday in April at noon. Register for the webinar here.

April 27, 10:30 a.m. – NP Strategy Webinar – Join NP Strategy’for a free 30-minute online coaching session to discuss best practices for marketing and promotion. The webinar will take place every Monday in April at 10:30 a.m. Register for the webinar here.

April 27, 12 p.m. – Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Group – Join Gina Trimarco and other members of the Myrtle Beach business community for a collaborative brainstorming session to help your business be successful after the pandemic. This meeting will happen every Monday in April at noon. Register for the webinar here.

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Webinars – View list of webinars here.
 

Video Library

Cost-Effective Communication Strategies (April 6) – NP Strategy shares how you can cost-effectively communicate during this COVID-19 crisis.

Tax Update (April 3) – Samantha Slapnik of Liberty Tax talks about the extension of this year's tax filing season as well as the latest on the stimulus checks and how those are calculated

Managing Your Workforce During the Pandemic (March 31) – Nexsen Pruet looks at the distinctions between layoffs, furloughs and terminations; implications under the CARES Act for small businesses; extended leave and paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (Download slides of presentation)

Managing the Now & Preparing for the Future (March 30) - NP Strategy talks about best business practices during a pandemic. 

Marketing & Selling During a Crisis (March 27) – Gina Trimarco, of Pivot10 Results & Carolina Improv, helps participants brainstorm new ways and ideas for marketing and selling during a crisis. 

MBACC Legislative Update on COVID-19 (March 19)  – MBACC Director of Government Affairs Jimmy Gray sharesg the latest legislative response to COVID-19.

Planning for Coronavirus - MBACC Business Impact Planning Forum (March 16) – Local panel helps businesses prepare for impacts from COVID-19.


Horry County Update

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.  

Community Updates


Legislative Response to COVID-19

Overview of Senate COVID-19 Phase III Spending Package

The U.S. Senate voted overnight to pass the CARES Act (COVID-19 Phase III bill) by a vote of 96-0. The bill now heads to the House where Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Hoyer have vowed to give their members 24 hours to review the legislation. A vote could happen as early as Friday morning. Highlights include:

  • $377 in loans and loan forgiveness for small travel businesses;
  • $454 billion in federally backed financial assistance for impacted businesses;
    • When you add these two together, it’s nearly $1 trillion in direct business relief;
  • Tax relief for small businesses to navigate these choppy waters;
  • Unprecedented unemployment insurance relief;
  • And yes, some folks will be receiving $1,200 checks from the federal government in as soon as three weeks.
     

Senate Bill Highlights COVID-19
 

Q&A on Legislative Response to COVID-19

Our state and federal governments are introducing legislation in response to COVID-19. To help you understand the changes being enacted by our legislators, our director of government affairs, Jimmy Gray, breaks them down for you in this update. Topics include:

  • Approval of Governor McMaster’s emergency request for $45 million to the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).
  • Extension of state tax returns and payment due date.
  • Gov. McMaster’s request for permission for businesses in South Carolina to apply for small business loans.
  • Information about H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Read the Complete Document

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 ​​​

  • COVID-19 SBA Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources – For additional information, contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 or email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.
    • Paycheck Protection ProgramThe Paycheck Protection Program is specifically designed to help small businesses keep their workforce employed. Eligible recipients may qualify for a loan up to $10 million determined by 8 weeks of prior average payroll plus an additional 25% of that amount. Loan payments will be deferred for six months. If you maintain your workforce, SBA will forgive the portion of the loan proceeds that are used to cover the first 8 weeks of payroll and certain other expenses following loan origination
      • For a top-line overview of the program click here
      • If you’re a borrower, more information can be found here
      • The application for borrowers can be found here
      • If you are interested in applying for the Paycheck Protection Program, please contact your financial institution to see if they are an SBA lender, or would like to become one. A current list of SBA lenders in South Carolina can be found starting on page 29 of the South Carolina Small Business Resource Guide.
    • Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance – All small businesses are encouraged to apply for EIDL and request an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance of up to $10,000. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid. In addition, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million. 
    • SBA Debt Relief – SBA will  pay the principal and interest of new 7(a) loans issued prior to Sept. 27, 2020, and pay the principal and interest of current 7(a) loans for a period of six months
    • Express Bridge Loans – This program allows SBA Express Lenders authority to deliver expedited SBA-guaranteed financing on an emergency basis for disaster-related purposes to eligible small businesses, while the small businesses apply for and await long-term financing.
    • Access to Capital – SBA provides a number of loan resources for small businesses to utilize when operating their business. Visit SBA for more information on loans or how to connect with a lender. How to get access to lending partners? SBA has developed Lender Match, a free online referral tool that connects small businesses with participating SBA-approved lenders within 48 hours.
    • Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act – Here’s the Cliff Notes version; it’s worth reading.
    • Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide & Checklist - Another easy to read guide.
  • Facebook Small Business Grants Program – Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits. 
     

HR Resources


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

  • 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.
  • MBACC Good Health Hygiene Flyer – Tips to stay healthy.
     

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.
  • 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.
  • 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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Restaurants Offering Curbside Pickup, Takeout, Delivery

Restaurants are providing takeout, delivery and curbside pickup during the coronavirus outbreak.