Resources for Your Business
Your Chamber is actively monitoring the developments of the COVID-19 impact to our area and working to bring you information and resource to help your business through COVID-19. While COVID-19 continues to impact our community and local businesses, we will update the information needed to prepare for the short-term response and long-term recovery. We are in this together.
Last updated: August 24, 2021
MARCH 26, 2021
CITY OF NMB: RESULTS OF SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING
A motion to extend the City’s Declaration of State of Emergency and its Emergency Ordinance failed, and both will expire on March 28. Because it is tied to the Declaration and Emergency Ordinance, the City’s Ordinance #20-31 regarding face-coverings will also expire on March 28.
During the regularly scheduled April 5 City Council meeting, Council will consider adopting a Resolution encouraging everyone to continue to wear face-coverings, to practice social distancing when possible, to wash their hands regularly, and more.
City Council encourages everyone to be considerate of one another's needs in the COVID-19 environment, and to work to protect one another, regardless of one’s position on suggested COVID-19 guidelines.
MARCH 10, 2021
CITY OF NMB: COVID-19 PROTOCOL GUIDELINES FOR RESTAURANTS
The City has received calls from some North Myrtle Beach restaurant owners and managers asking for guidance on the City’s face-coverings ordinance as it applies to restaurants.
The SC Governor’s “Executive Order 2021-12 (March 5) Modifying & Amending Emergency Measures” in part moves what were once COVID-19 protocol requirements for restaurants to the category of guidelines. As a result, the portion of the City’s face-coverings ordinance that pertains specifically to restaurants also moves from a requirement to a guideline. The remainder of the City’s face-coverings ordinance remains in effect.
While the City encourage restaurants to continue to implement the Governor’s and the City’s COVID-19 guidelines, the decision to do so is up to each restaurant.
MARCH 5, 2021
Gov. Henry McMaster Modifies Emergency Orders, Ensuring Continuity of Essential Government Operations. Additionally, the executive order recommends previously mandatory face covering safety measures in restaurants. To read the full press release, click here.
MARCH 2, 2021
South Carolina to Move to Phase 1b of COVID-19 Vaccination Plan on March 8, 2021. For full details and to read the full press release, click here.
FEBRUARY 26, 2021
Gov. Henry McMaster to Lift ‘Last Call’ Order, Large Gatherings Approval Process. To read the full press release, click here.
FEBRUARY 9, 2021:
The United States Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) have released guidance on protecting workers and mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. Click here for more information.
JANUARY 14, 2021:
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, will re-open the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for First and Second Draw applications on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 9 am ET. The portal will fully open on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 to all participating PPP lenders to submit First and Second Draw loan applications to SBA. For more information, click here.
JANUARY 13, 2021:
SCDHEC has released it's projected COVID-19 vaccine flow and the outline below provides an overview of the anticipated categories and time for each phase. This is subject to change at any time for many reasons, such as a change in federal guidance or in the VAC’s recommendations for South Carolina. For an interactive map of where the vaccine is available in our area, click here.
JANUARY 11, 2021:
The National Restaurant Association has published the following update regarding the second PPP draw and what it means for restaurants. This is a great resource for all small businesses. You can read the full update here.
JANUARY 8, 2021:
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced today that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers.
To learn more about the available opportunities, click here.
OCTOBER 2, 2020:
Gov. Henry McMaster today issued Executive Order 2020-63, which lifts all occupancy limitations in restaurants throughout South Carolina, effective immediately. Previously, South Carolina’s restaurants were operating at 50% capacity. Now, they will be able to operate at 100% capacity.
Other restaurant safety guidelines – including the required use of face coverings for patrons and staff – remain in place for the time being. Additionally, the governor’s “last call order,” which doesn’t allow the sale or consumption of alcohol in restaurants after 11:00 PM, will remain in place until further notice.
SEPTEMBER 23, 2020:
Drive thru COVID testing is now available in the Myrtle Beach area. Quick service and fast results to help protect your guests, staff and offices. For more information, click HERE.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2020:
Two Tools to Source PPE and Local Service Providers
The SC Manufacturing Extension Partnership, SC Department of Commerce, SC BIO and SCHA have added an automated resource for accessing PPE and supplies - PPE Exchange. The PPE Exchange is a national FDA approved automated source for PPE and supplies. You can register to purchase or sell PPE by clicking HERE to register. After registering you have the ability to discover equipment from verified suppliers or become a verified supplier yourself.
The SourceSC locator tool is a convenient way to source locally-developed materials and service providers, connecting South Carolina companies with in-state supplier and vendors. Click HERE to access the locator tool.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2020:
The Destination Analysts Coronavirus Travel Sentiment Index Report released this week highlights that of those who were surveyed, only 34.9% have traveled since June, 24.9% visited a beach destination/resort, and confidence in how safely you can travel in the current environment was 28.4% was very confident and confident while 46.3% were not all confident or not very confident. Click here to view the full report.
JULY 29, 2020:
Gov. Henry McMaster Takes Additional Action to Slow Virus Spread
Gov. Henry McMaster announced that all previously recommended guidelines for restaurants and other establishments that attract groups of people are now mandatory. The governor’s Executive Order establishing these new measures will go into effect Monday, August 3.
Additionally, the governor continued his call for all South Carolinians to wear face coverings when appropriate, and he encouraged local governments to adopt face covering ordinances. The governor also ordered that face coverings must be worn in all state government buildings according to guidelines and procedures developed by the state Department of Administration, effective August 5th.
Other types of businesses, facilities, venues, events or mass gatherings which are permitted to open but are required to implement AccelerateSC guidelines include the following: festivals, parades, concerts, theaters, stadiums, arenas, coliseums, auditoriums, grandstands, amphitheaters, gymnasiums, concert halls, dance, halls, performing arts centers, parks, racetracks, or similarly operated entities.
Businesses, event organizers, and others responsible for events that may exceed the occupancy rules may receive clarification allowing the event to proceed if they can satisfactorily demonstrate an ability to comply with federal and state COVID-19 procedures and protocols to the Department of Commerce.
For the full press release, including each AccelerateSC guideline, click here.
JULY 10, 2020:
Governor Henry McMaster has issued Executive Order 2020-43, which prohibits alcohol sales at bars and restaurants after 11 PM.
The governor’s order does not apply to alcohol sold at convenience or grocery stores, wine and liquor stores, or retail business.
The governor’s order does apply to any holder of the following licenses: On-Premises Beer and Wine Permit, Winery Permit, Brewpub Beer/Wine Permit, Brewery Permit, Business Liquor by the Drink License, Non-Profit Private Club Liquor by the Drink License, Special Event Permit, or Special Non-Profit Event Permit.
For the full press release announcement, please click here.
JULY 1, 2020:
The City of North Myrtle Beach has passed an Emergency Ordinance requiring face coverings under certain circumstances.
The ordinance requires people to wear face-coverings in public places including but not limited to retail business such as grocery stores and pharmacies, hair and nail salons, barbershops, and tattoo parlors.
The ordinance also requires that all employees of restaurants, retail establishments including but not limited to grocery stores and pharmacies, hair and nail salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, and all government offices in the city must wear a face-covering.
To read the Emergency Ordinance in its entirety and to read a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the face-covering ordinance, please click here.
JUNE 29, 2020:
Governor Henry McMaster has issued Executive Order 2020-40, which declares a new state of emergency, allows bowling alleys to open immediately, and lifts restrictions on the occupancy of retail establishments.
The “Response” component of AccelerateSC, with advice and recommendations from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), have developed specific guidelines for how bowling alleys can safely operate.
These guidelines include, but are not limited to the following:
- Bowlers should be spread out on the lanes to ensure that they are 6 feet or more apart. This can be accomplished by either limiting the number of people on one lane at a time and/or having an empty lane in between each active one.
- Request that customers bring their own bowling balls and shoes, if they have them.
- Clean and disinfect bowling balls and shoes between users.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (bathroom doors, sink handles, chairs, etc.) routinely throughout the day.
- Provide hand sanitizer at each lane. Make disinfectant available to customers who want to disinfect their ball and lane.
- Disable video games, juke boxes, etc. OR clean and disinfect them between each user.
Click here for information on the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The America Rescue Plan Act establishes a $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) within the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Join the Promotion Attracting Families Here This Fall while Enjoying Learning Experiences. Complete this form and return to Erin@NorthMyrtleBeachChamber.com
CDC site with information for the products they recommend in various settings. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html
EPA Approved Disinfectants https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2 and
EPA One-pager on safely using disinfectants. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-04/documents/disinfectants-onepager.pdf
Wondering how to protect yourself as we reopen, HERE is CDC guidance on cloth masks: how to wear, how to make and how to care for your mask.
Questions about Economic Impact Payments?
The IRS is issuing Economic Impact Payments. These payments are being issued automatically for most individuals. However, some people who don’t usually file a tax return will need to submit basic information to the IRS to receive their payment. Questions? The IRS is regularly updating the Economic Impact Payment and the Get My Payment tool frequently asked questions pages on IRS.gov as more information becomes available. Here are answers to some of the most common questions.
U.S. Chamber has been a strong advocate for the small business community and the swift enactment of this legislation, and recently launched the Save Small Business Initiative—a nationwide program to provide supplemental funding, resources and webinars, research, and advocacy for American small businesses. Click here to encourage House members to vote to restore funding now in support of our small business community.
WEBINAR REPLAY - U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation– The Path Forward: Navigating the Return to Work – This conversation hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce brings together James Bullard, President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and Dr. Alan Wright, Chief Medical Officer, Roche Diagnostics Corporation focuses on testing and the impact on returning to work.
New Executive Orders: Click here to read the recent Executive Orders issued by Governor McMaster
Accelerate SC Task Force: In a press conference, Governor McMaster announced his intent to roll out an economic revitalization task force called “Accelerate South Carolina.” This task force will help guide the state toward reopening the economy after COVID-19 reaches its peak (expected in early May), and cases begin to decrease. Membership will include representatives from various business and industry sectors. The task force will develop a plan to move South Carolina toward a phased-in reopening of some businesses and activity as healthcare data indicates it is safe and appropriate to do so. The Governor plans to release more specific details about Accelerate SC next week.
Reopening is upon us. Here are resources from SHRM about policies to put in place before workers return.
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