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Take measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. A face mask is required by several municipalities throughout the Grand Strand. MBACC has compiled a list of resources for businesses to plan for and respond to the virus. Read More

Coronavirus Updates


Updates From MBACC/MBACVB

Oct. 30, 2020

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.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has identified 12,552 (11,605 confirmed, 947 probable) cases of COVID-19 in Horry County with 20 new confirmed cases and 4 probable cases reported 10/30 in Horry County. The total number of cases in South Carolina is 175,594 (confirmed 167,057, probable 8,537).


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)

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 November)
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.

City of North Myrtle Beach 

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

April 28, 2020 – City of North Myrtle Beach Short- and Long-Term Rental Update Read News Release 

April 20, 2020 – Public Beach Access Read Resolution

Surfside Beach

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.

Horry County

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. 

Georgetown County

July 2, 2020 – Face Covering Emergency Ordinance Read Ordinance (ordinance extended through Dec. 8)
Additional face mask resources

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

Pawleys Island

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 

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 nationwide, 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 their 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

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.


Webinars/Networking Events

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!

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

Nov. 4, 11 a.m. – B2B Connects – Participants are given two minutes to present their business to fellow chamber investors. Register here

Nov. 11, 9:30 a.m. – Market Volatility: You may be More Prepared Than You Think – Many of us have found that our priorities and perspectives have shifted as a result of the current state of the world. If there were ever a time to get your financial house in order, it would be now. Erica Rahr will host the webinar with Edward Jones professionals discussing ways to get on better footing for whatever the future holds, and hopefully allow you to feel more in control over your financial situation. Register here

Nov. 18, 12 p.m. – 529 Plans: Everything You Need to Know About Education Savings – Parents and grandparents, join Erica Rahr as she hosts this webinar with Edward Jones industry professionals discussing options for setting up a 529 plan and how they might work with your overall financial strategy. 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
 

Missed a webinar? View recordings.


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


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, ss 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

How to report COVID-19
Report immediately a suspected COVID-19 case by contacting SC DHEC at:

  • Office: 843-915-8886
  • Nights/Weekends: 843-915-8845 
  • Offers of Work – To help employers navigate questions as they reengage their workforce, SC DEW has created the Recall Taskforce. In addition to helping employers understand the different federal funding programs available to their workforce and the eligibility requirements of each one, the Recall Taskforce wants businesses who are reopening to know that their employees cannot refuse an offer for work without good cause if they wish to continue to collect unemployment insurance. If you have offered an individual a job and they refused, it is important for you to report the incident to DEW through your Employer Self Service Portal. The Refusal of Job Offer Guide provides screenshots and instructions to help you through the process.
  • Quick Benefit Tips From DOL – How much paid leave can employees take?
  • DOL issued additional guidance regarding eligibility of furloughed employees to receive regular unemployment or enhanced pandemic unemployment assistance (PUA) once their employer reopens for business and offers to rehire the employee.
  • IRS has released additional guidance regarding the employer eligibility for the ERC.
  • U.S. Department of Labor Announces Final Rule to Expand Access to Bonuses for American Workers

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

  • 4. Payment Calculations for FPUC.

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.


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.
     

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. 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.
  • Resources to Help Cope With Coronavirus – South Carolina Department of Mental Health has gathered some tools and resources to help cope with the stress and anxiety during these uncertain times. SCHOPES, 1-844-SC-HOPES available 24/7
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