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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 is creating an unprecedented impact on 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.
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Last updated: July 10, 2020
RECENT NEWS AS OF 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.
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.
- Longwoods International Travel Sentiment Study - Wave 13
- Destination Analysts Travel Sentiment Index
- FFCRA and CARES ACT for Employers presented by S.C. Chamber and Ogletree Deakins
- NMB Chamber of Commerce/CVB Small Business Administration EIDL Assistance
- Extended Tax Deadlines & CARES Act Business Impacts
- Small Business Administration EIDL Assistance Webinar
- Small Business Administration Coronavirus Resources and Loans presented by Will Furman, Area Manage
- Horry County - Questions about COVID-19 impacts in Horry County? Call the Horry County Emergency Management phone bank at 843-915-5000, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F.
- DHEC Care Line - If you have general questions about COVID-19, call 1-855-472-3432. 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.
- 211 one-stop resource for finding assistance. This resource run by United Way is available 24/7 by calling 211 or by visiting them online at sc211.org.
June 10, 2020 Press Conference from Gov. McMaster and state officials:
Is your restaurant/bar providing curb-side, carry-out, and/or delivery services? Would you like to ensure consumers know you have online ordering capabilities? We'd love to hear from you. Please email your business name, address, phone number, website and specific details on business continuity during this time to email@example.com