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Wearing a mask is recommended at some locations throughout the Grand Strand. Please practice patience as many businesses are not fully staffed yet and are doing their best to take care of every guest. Read More

Coronavirus Updates


Updates From MBACC/MBACVB

(As of Aug. 19, 2021)

The health and safety of our residents and visitors are paramount, and we want to ensure you are fully informed of the impacts of COVID-19 on our area. We’ll continue to post updates on this page and our social channels.

S.C. DHEC provides updated information on the current cases COVID-19 in South Carolina. We urge you to continue following the recommendations of the CDC as we navigate this time together.


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)
Myrtle Beach City Council approved an Executive Order rescinding the face mask requirement in indoor spaces within the City of Myrtle Beach beginning April 1, 2021. Businesses may require face masks and have continued to implement safety protocols. Masks are encouraged to be worn in public spaces including stores, common areas of restaurants and accommodations, and public spaces where social distancing cannot be followed.

City of North Myrtle Beach 

North Myrtle Beach City Council voted in favor of lifting the ordinance that requires people to wear face coverings in public spaces. This will take effect on March 28, 2021. Read More. 

Horry County

Beginning Aug. 17, 2021, some Horry County Government offices will limit capacity inside their facilities due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in Horry County.

State of South Carolina


SC Governor’s Executive Orders


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 8 a.m.-6 p.m. M-F. 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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