Information for Healthy Travel

May 13, 2020

The health and safety of residents and visitors to the Myrtle Beach area are on everyone’s mind as the destination reopens to visitors. 

Most area hotels and beaches are now open. Restaurants may resume dine-in service beginning May 11 with restrictions in place to increase sanitation and promote social distancing. 

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


City of Myrtle Beach | The city of Myrtle Beach began a “soft opening” for May 1-14. Only guests with reservations on the books before April 30 may check in during that time. New reservations can be made after May 15. The city also provided guidelines for properties and guests to follow including: 

  • 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


By order of the governor of South Carolina, restaurants may resume dine-in service beginning May 11. Many restaurants are also open for carryout/delivery service and beginning May 4 were permitted to reopen outdoor dining areas with some restrictions, including: 

  • Tables spaced at least 8 feet apart
  • No more than 8 guests per table 
  • All tables and chairs sanitized between guests 
  • Indoor occupancy reduced by 50% to allow for more space between guests


Area beaches are open with social distancing guidelines in place. No crowds of 3 or more people are allowed. Visitors should maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between groups. 


By order of the governor, most attractions are closed at this time. Golf courses are allowed to remain open as long as social distancing guidelines are followed. Attractions such as movie theaters, entertainment venues, bowling alleys, and waterparks remain closed. 

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.