Healthy Traveling Tips and Resources
Explore North Myrtle Beach is closely following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and other world health organizations to do our part to assist in the flattening of the curve of COVID-19. The safety and well-being of our visitors, employees, families, and the residents of North Myrtle Beach is our top priority and recently prompted us to implement our virtual Visitor Information Center.
COVID-19 is continuously evolving. The North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, CVB wants to ensure you, we are monitoring information from local, state, and federal authorities constantly. As business operations evolve, we will do our part to update our platforms with vital information, cancellations, or postponements. Click here for a list of current cancellations, or postponements.
Statement from Gov. McMaster: As a result of behavior observed this past weekend by the Department of Natural Resources and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), it has become necessary to close public access to our state’s beaches, and close boat ramps and landings on our state’s lakes, rivers and waterways. The full executive order can be found here.
On March 26, 2020, the City Council for the City of North Myrtle Beach passed and approved an emergency ordinance in order to, among other things
Suspend the rental and use of Short-Term Rentals, Hotels and other Overnight Accommodations for 29 days or less beginning 7:00 am on Friday, March 27, 2020 through April 30, 2020.
Visitors currently checked in may remain until the end of their existing reservations.
Rental and use of Short-Term Rentals, including, but not limited to Hotels, Motels, Condo Hotel, Rental Property, inclusive of private management companies and HOA's, Airbnb, VRBO style lodging, public and private campgrounds and other Overnight Accommodations.
Exempt: Short-Term Rentals extended to Government, Hospital, Health, Agency, Law Enforcement, Military, and other Critical Personnel actively responding to COVID-19.
For the full emergency ordinance, please review here.
DO THE FIVE…Help Stop Coronavirus
- HANDS, wash them often
- ELBOW, cough into it
- FACE, don’t touch it
- FEET, stay more than 6 ft apart
- FEEL sick? Stay home.
Information for those with symptoms:
SC Department of Health and Environmental Control Care Line: 1-855-472-3432
For general questions about COVID-19, SCDHEC has staff available to answer calls from 8:00am-6:00pm, in the case of an emergency, call 9-1-1.
Heeding current recommendations to stay home if one feels sick. South Carolina healthcare providers are offering free telehealth services to the public. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms in South Carolina you can receive a free consult from a healthcare professional.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is the beach open?
On March 30, 2020, Governor Henry McMaster issued Executive Order 2020-16, which orders the closure of all public access points to the state’s beaches, as well as closure of all public boat ramps, landings and other access points on the state's lakes, rivers and waterways. This order is effective immediately.
“As a result of behavior observed this past weekend by the Department of Natural Resources and SLED, it has become necessary to close public access to our state’s beaches, and to close boat ramps and landings on our state’s lakes, rivers and waterways,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “This is unfortunate for those who chose to responsibly follow the instructions of our public health officials, but it is a necessary action to prevent the spread of this dangerous virus.”
The governor’s executive order authorizes and instructs the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, in consultation with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Attorney General’s office, to provide any necessary supplemental guidance.
“This Section does not apply to individuals possessing a current, valid commercial fishing license or permit to the extent such individuals may seek to utilize or rely upon public piers, docks, wharfs, boat ramps, or boat landings in connection with commercial fishing activities,” the governor’s order reads.
The order does not impact the rights of private property owners living on beaches, lakes, rivers, or waterways in any way.
What is the current status on COVID-19 cases in the North Myrtle Beach area?
Updated information on the status of COVID-19 in the state of South Carolina can be found here.
Will my hotel offer refunds?
Cancellation and refund policies vary by business, please reach out to your accommodations for their latest policies. Many hotels and resorts are adjusting their policies to accommodate changing travel plans and allowing guests to rebook for a later date.
Are there any closures and event cancellations?
Following the CDC recommendations, many cancellations and closures are happening. For a list of cancellations and closures we are monitoring, click here.
For a list of Grand Strand cancellations and closures, click here.
As more cancellations occur, we recommend you check with the business/event for the most updated and accurate information.
What restaurants are currently offering pick-up and delivery?
The following list is continually being updated with restaurants offering pick-up and delivery services: https://www.myhorrynews.com/news/update-----these-restaurants-businesses-are-open/article_8e380ce0-67c6-11ea-afea-3ba9bdd4d7a3.html
We recommend contacting the restaurant directly for any further questions.