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March 28, 2020, 9 a.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. Twenty-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.
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:
All amusements designed to attract and accommodate visitors, are hereby ordered to close effective Friday, March 27, 2020, including but not limited to:
As ensuring public health is a shared responsibility:
On Thursday, March 26, 2020, the Myrtle Beach City Council approved an Emergency Order to halt all short-term accommodations and amusement attractions in Myrtle Beach. Revisions were made to the order on Friday, March 27, 2020. Council's action comes in response to community concerns about the ongoing coronavirus health emergency, with a goal of reducing the chances of transmission from outside areas. To view the amended order, click here.
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.
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.
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.
March 30, 10:30 a.m. - Managing the Now & Preparing for the Future - Join NP Strategy for a COVID-19 conversation about best business practices during a pandemic. Register for the webinar here.
March 31, 11:30 a.m. - Managing Your Workforce During the Pandemic - Join Nexsen Pruet for an informative look 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. Register for the webinar here.
April 4, 11 a.m. – Tax Update - Join us for a webinar with Samantha Slapnik of Liberty Tax to learn about the extension of this year's tax filing season as well as the latest on the stimulus checks and how those are calculated. Register for the webinar here.
Planning for Coronavirus - MBACC Business Impact Planning Forum
This was streamed live March 16, 2020, to help businesses prepare for impacts from COVID-19.
MBACC Legislative 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.
In an effort to gain an accurate and ongoing assessment of COVID-19's impact to the Myrtle Beach area's business and tourism community, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber/CVB is deploying this survey weekly and asking businesses to provide regular updates.
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:
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:
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.
We are seeing widespread transmission of flu in South Carolina and the United States. The risk for exposure to the flu is high, and the risk of complications and deaths from the flu are a far greater public health threat than COVID-19 in the United States at this time.
Information about this new illness is still developing, but be aware of the “infodemic” which often accompanies such a topic. False information already exists online about the coronavirus, so stick to reliable websites for your information and updates. Here are several sites to consider.
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Restaurants are providing takeout, delivery and curbside pickup during the coronavirus outbreak.
Stay updated on event cancellations and business closures in the Grand Strand because of the coronavirus.