Information for Healthy Travel

March 31, 2020

In an effort to stop the spread of COVID on the Grand Strand, all local municipalities have passed ordinances to prevent new visitors from coming to the area from March 28 through May 1. Read more about individual ordinances here, and check with your specific hotel for information on cancelations or changes to existing reservations. Many hotels are offering discounts on summer bookings with flexible cancellation policies so people can dream now and visit later. 

Gov. Henry McMaster also ordered all public beach accesses closed on March 30. Public access to lakes, rivers, and waterways is prohibited as well. 

The state has ordered that all restaurants halt dine-in service. Many restaurants are offering curbside pickup, take-out, and delivery options instead. Most attractions are temporarily closed

The Myrtle Beach Airport remains open. As of March 25, it is conducting temperature screening for passengers from heavily impacted areas. Travelers are encouraged to reach out to individual airlines regarding travel plans. The governor has ordered that all visitors from Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and the city of New Orleans self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in South Carolina. 

Resources for More Information:

* For information on specific hotel or vacation rental cancellation policies, please reach out to the business directly. 

* For future travel planning, including flexible cancellation policies, visit our hotels page. 

* 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.