COVID-19 is receiving considerable media attention at this time. It is imperative that we as a community stay informed and prepared to respond to inquiries from concerned citizens and travelers. Read More
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
Home Furnishing Stores
Shoe and Clothing Accessory Stores
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores
Sporting Goods 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.
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 email@example.com or phone at 803-734-2873.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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:
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.
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.
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