Information for Healthy Travel

By MyrtleBeach.com
July 24, 2020

The health and safety of residents and visitors to the Myrtle Beach area are on everyone’s mind as guests return to the beach for summer vacation. 

Most area hotels and beaches are now open. Restaurants are open with some restrictions on capacity as well as updated cleaning and sanitation protocols. 

Read more below about health and safety restrictions in place around the Myrtle Beach area and the state of South Carolina.  

Other items of interest: 

Myrtle Beach Covid-19 Restrictions

Mask Ordinances

Local mask ordinances require masks along the Grand Strand in indoor public places. Masks ARE NOT required on the beach. Social distancing is encouraged. 

North Myrtle Beach | The city of North Myrtle Beach passed an ordinance requiring face coverings for employees and guests in indoor public spaces, including retail stores and businesses where personal services are dispensed. Restaurants must also require their employees to wear masks when having face-to-face interactions with the public. Read more about the ordinance here

Myrtle Beach | The city of Myrtle Beach passed an ordinance to require masks in public spaces through Labor Day within city limits. The ordinance requires all customers at retail stores, pharmacies, grocery stores, etc. to wear masks. People are not required to wear masks on the beach, when walking, when in a car, or while eating. Exceptions are made for those who can’t wear masks due to health reasons. More can be found here

Horry County | Horry County passed a mask ordinance requiring people to wear masks inside any retail business, including grocery stores and pharmacies, as well as inside personal service providers such as hair salons and tattoo parlors. Employees of such businesses must also wear masks. Exceptions are made for those with health conditions that prevent safe wearing of a mask. 

Georgetown County | Georgetown County, which includes the Town of Pawleys Island requires masks or face coverings inside public places. Employees and visitors must wear masks in indoor public places except when eating at restaurants. 

Greater Grand Strand Promise

Many area businesses and residents as well as visitors are making a pledge to do their part to keep the community safe by following health and safety protocols such as wearing masks in public and maintaining social distance. Learn more here

Hotels 

Hotels around the Grand Strand reopened in May after a shutdown due to coronavirus. Guidelines created with advice from the Department of Health and Environmental Control include:  

  • Signage stating that those who feel ill to should not enter the property and for all employees and guests to wear face masks or other facial coverings
  • Placing guests in non-adjacent rooms during periods of low occupancy
  • Maintaining social distance of at least 6 feet between people
  • Limit bellman and valet service to elderly guests or those with disabilities
  • Require front desk and lobby employees to wear masks

Check with your specific hotel about what they are doing to protect guests and employees. Read more about what area hotels are doing to protect guests here

Restaurants

Most area restaurants are open for carryout and dine-in service. State leaders and health officials have made recommendations on how restaurants can operate safely and protect their staff and guests. Some of these regulations include: 

* Leaving 8 feet of space between tables

* Limiting party size to fewer than 8 people

* Requiring all staff to wear face coverings

* Sanitizing tables and chairs between parties

Gov. Henry McMaster announced in mid-June that restaurants that are willing to undergo special training and adhere to the Department of Health and Environmental Control’s safe-dining guidelines can participate in a program called Palmetto Priority. Restaurants that meet the requirements will receive a Palmetto Priority seal to be displayed on-site as a symbol of their commitment to keeping everyone safe. 

Beaches 

Area beaches are open with social distancing guidelines in place. Crowds should be limited to three or fewer people unless members of the same family. Allow for 6 feet of space between groups. 

Resources for More Information:

Hotels | Click here to see what hotels are open and explore their flexible cancellation policies. Deals on spring and summer travel can be found here

Myrtle Beach International Airport | The Myrtle Beach International Airport is open. Check with individual airlines regarding flight information. 

South Carolina Department of Health (DHEC) | The South Carolina Department of Health will provide updates on any cases of novel coronavirus in the state of South Carolina. 

Centers for Disease Control | The Centers for Disease Control is monitoring the situation and encouraging common-sense hygiene practices to prevent the spread of the virus. They include:

  • Wash hands frequently (for at least 20 seconds) using soap and water.
  • Avoid touching surfaces in public places.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cough into your elbow; sneeze into a tissue and then discard it.
  • Be aware of underlying health conditions that could make exposure more dangerous to you, including heart disease, lung disease or diabetes, and take extra precautions to avoid crowds.
  • Avoid close contact to people who are sick.
  • Wear a mask when you’re in public.