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Coronavirus Updates


Updates From MBACC/MBACVB

May 29, 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. Horry County has identified 410 cases of COVID-19 with the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina at 11,131.    

Calling All Grand Strand Residents

Like most communities across the country, we here in the Grand Strand are trying to find our way through all the difficulties stemming from COVID-19. Consequently, we are interested in learning how all of you are doing in these uncertain times.

Please take this quick survey and let us know how you feel about matters relating to COVID-19. The information you provide will help us determine how best to respond to your needs in these uncertain times.

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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}

May 26, 2020 – City Services Open Read the update

May 12, 2020 –  Myrtle Beach Provides Update on City Services Read the update

May 11, 2020 – 8B – Amendment to Address Maximum Occupancy of Passenger and Service Elevators – Revisions removed the limit of one guest on elevators and added elevators should have signs detailing elevator occupancy limits, social distancing, use of face masks in elevators and encouraging use of stairs. Read the full order here

May 4, 2020 - 1A - Restaurants – Emergency Order 1A was issued near the start of the State of Emergency. The Order allowed for additional signage for restaurants during the prohibition on dine-in services. Now that Governor McMaster has authorized outdoor dining starting May 4, this amendment is to allow for up to 25 percent of a restaurants required parking area to be taken up with tents and extra tables and chair for outdoor dining. The order also imposes many of the same restrictions that are in place for hotels, as well as the guidelines from the Governor’s Executive Order relating to hygiene and sanitization for outdoor dining. Read the full order here

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. In addition to operations, sanitization and public safety measures, the initial Emergency Order provided that accommodations businesses shall be allowed to honor existing reservations for the period of May 1-May 15. There was no restriction on new or existing reservations made for a check-in date of May 16 or later. This new amendment to Executive Order 8A moves the “soft-opening period” end date to May 14, meaning that accommodations businesses will be able to accept new reservations for the weekend, beginning Friday, May 15. Read the full order here

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 

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

April 20, 2020 – Public Beach Access - City of North Myrtle Beach reopened public beach accesses April 21. Social distancing is required and groups of three or more will be dispersed. Read Resolution

Surfside Beach

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

May 18, 2020 – Update on Horry County Government Services – Horry County Government has reopened its administrative, public safety, and library facilities to the public. Horry County recreation centers, Horry County Museum and the L.W. Paul Living History Farm will remain closed 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. The governor’s executive order requiring individuals from different family units to stay 6 or more feet apart remains in effect. Law enforcement will continue to disperse groups of three or more who pose a threat to public health. 

Georgetown County

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. The MarshWalk, Veterans Pier and Jetty View Walk in Murrells Inlet will remain closed until May 15. 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 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 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

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

June 1, 12 p.m. – Small Business Brainstorming and Collaboration Meeting – In partnership with Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Gina Trimarco, of Carolina Improv, facilitates this weekly video conference to help small businesses brainstorm and collaborate ideas for surviving during and thriving after the pandemic. Register here

June 2, 9 a.m. – Better Than an MBA - A 2018 Harvard Business Review article stated "Self-Awareness Can Help Leaders More Than an MBA Can.” Yet many of us struggle to gain accurate self-awareness, let alone leverage it in our leadership of our businesses. In this session, Mark Burlinson will give you several tools to develop self-awareness, and you will leave with learning you can put into action right away. Register here

June 4, 10 a.m. – A Virtual Tour With Tides Eye Photography – Join Donald Hovis, Tides Eye Photography, for a unique behind the scenes opportunity showcasing how they are helping real estate agents and property managers showcase their properties virtually with the Matterport Pro 2 Camera. Register here

June 8, 12 p.m. – Small Business Brainstorming and Collaboration Meeting – In partnership with Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Gina Trimarco, of Carolina Improv, facilitates this weekly video conference to help small businesses brainstorm and collaborate ideas for surviving during and thriving after the pandemic. Register here

June 9, 9 a.m. – Webinar: Learn More About Leadership Grand Strand – Join Leadership Grand Strand Executive Director Diana Greene as she takes you through the details of the program from class sessions to leadership training to community service projects. Hear from guests on their first-hand experience with LGS. Best of all, Diana will give you hints and information about how to fill out your application to make it stand out to the selection committee. Register here

June 9, 9 a.m. – Families First Coronavirus Response Act Webinar for SC Stakeholders – Presented by U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division. Watch this video to see if you are eligible for paid leave. Register here

June 9, 2 p.m. – Get Your Business Ready for Severe Weather: How to Prepare, Respond and Recover – Did you know at least one in four businesses that close because of a disaster never reopens? The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety is partnering with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Insurance Information Institute for a free webinar on how to help businesses get ready for severe weather. Register here

June 11, 3 p.m. – Dealing With Stress in Life and Business – Stress and anxiety are a normal part of life and even more so since we have been experiencing the Covid 19 Pandemic. This workshop will give you some tips and strategies on how to cope with stress whether it is in your business or in your personal life. Presented by Grand Strand SCORE. Register here

June 15, 12 p.m. – Small Business Brainstorming and Collaboration Meeting – In partnership with Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Gina Trimarco, of Carolina Improv, facilitates this weekly video conference to help small businesses brainstorm and collaborate ideas for surviving during and thriving after the pandemic. Register here

June 22, 12 p.m. – Small Business Brainstorming and Collaboration Meeting – In partnership with Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Gina Trimarco, of Carolina Improv, facilitates this weekly video conference to help small businesses brainstorm and collaborate ideas for surviving during and thriving after the pandemic. Register here

June 29, 12 p.m. – Small Business Brainstorming and Collaboration Meeting – In partnership with Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Gina Trimarco, of Carolina Improv, facilitates this weekly video conference to help small businesses brainstorm and collaborate ideas for surviving during and thriving after the pandemic. Register here

Grand Strand SCORE – View list of webinars

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Webinars – 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 ​​​

  • Treasury and the SBA have released their guidance on PPP Loan Forgiveness through an Interim Final Rule.
  • The SBA, in consultation with Treasury, has released the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application. The SBA will also issue further regulations and guidance for borrowers, as well as for lender responsibility.
  • IRS has released additional guidance regarding the employer eligibility for the ERC.
  • 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
    • 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. 
    • 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. 
    • 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.

 

HR Resources

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

  • 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. Visit Website
  • Tidelands Health, DHEC Offer Free COVID-19 Testing – TTidelands Health and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control are offering a free COVID-19 community testing program along the Grand Strand with a drive-through clinics. 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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MBACVB Releases Visit Responsibly Video Series for Grand Strand Visitors

Everyone is excited to hear that the Grand Strand beaches are open, and resorts and hotels are now allowed to take new reservations! While that is great news, opening at this time is going to require people to visit responsibly.