Is Myrtle Beach open?

By Cassidy Moore
June 17, 2020

*Editor’s Note: All information is subject to change as the situation with COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. 

Despite rumors circulating on social media, Myrtle Beach remains open for business. 

Hotels and resorts are open as are beach accesses. Most restaurants are open at limited capacity, and many attractions are open. Some municipalities have passed ordinances requiring people to wear masks when in public spaces. 

Hotels and Vacation Rentals Are Open

Most local municipalities lifted restrictions and allowed hotels, vacation rentals, and campgrounds to begin accepting guests May 1.

Most hotels are open, and many are offering flexible cancellation policies and spring and summer deals for worry-free vacation planning. Increased sanitation and cleaning protocols are in place at most hotels, which may affect check-in procedures and housekeeping frequency. Check with your specific hotel for information regarding changes. 

Some amenities may be unavailable at this time, so, again, check with your specific hotel regarding open amenities. 

Beaches Are Open

All area municipalities have reopened public beach accesses. Click here for the locations of public beach accesses throughout the area. Social distancing guidelines and restrictions on groups of 3 or more people apply.  

Myrtle Beach Restaurants Are Open 

Most Myrtle Beach restaurants are open for dine-in service with guidelines in place to encourage social distancing and increased sanitation. Some of those guidelines include: 

  • Posting signage on at entrances informing employees and guests that they should not enter if they are ill and that they should maintain a minimim 6-foot distance from others. 
  • Create, execute and post a reopening protocol for cleaning and sanitizing the restaurants. 
  • Train staff to comply with covid-19 safety protocols
  • Clean high-touch surfaces and restrooms frequently
  • Limit condiments on table and use single-use condiments when possible
  • Space tables at least six to eight feet apart
  • Reduce occupancy inside restaurants by 50 percent

Outdoor dining and takeout options are available at many area restaurants, as well. Check with your specific restaurant to see if they’re open and what dining options they’re currently offering.

Many attractions are open

Attractions such as zoos, museums, and aquariums were allowed to reopen beginning May 22 at reduced capacity. Cleaning protocols and social distancing requirements are recommended by the State Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Open attractions include:

Check out our list of 102 Things to Do in Myrtle Beach! Check with individual attractions for information on current operating hours or restrictions. 

Retail Stores Are Open

Retail stores such as clothing stores, beachwear stores, and shoe stores are allowed to be open. Big box stores such as Target, Walmart, and Lowe’s Home Improvement are all open, though their hours may differ from normal operating hours.

Some restrictions are in place on the number of shoppers who may be in a store at one time, so guests may be asked to wait outside if the stores are too crowded. Social distancing measures are in place, and many stores are either requiring or encouraging guests and employees to wear face masks or facial coverings. 

Check with individual stores for current hours and rules for shopping.  

Close-contact Providers Open

Close-contact providers such as hair salons and tattoo parlors were allowed to reopen beginning May 18. Gyms and public pools were also allowed to reopen with restrictions; however, some pools remain closed at the discretion of HOAs that manage and maintain them. 

Myrtle Beach Events Canceled or Postponed

Many events in Myrtle Beach have been cancelled or postponed. Check out our full events calendar to see new dates. 

July 4th Fireworks and Events | Many area fireworks shows and events have been canceled. Click here for updated information.

Carolina Country Music Festival, postponed to Sept. 17-20. 

Run to the Sun Car Show, postponed to Sept. 24-26. 

Carolina Country Music Cruise, postponed to 2021. 

Dragon Boat Festival, postponed to Aug. 22. 

Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival, postponed to Oct. 30-Nov. 1

Myrtle Beach Bike Week (Harley Week), postponed to July 13-19. 

Atlantic Beach Bike Week (aka Black Bike Week), postponed to Labor Day weekend.  

 

 

Is Myrtle Beach open?

Myrtle Beach and the surrounding beaches are open. Read more here. 

I heard that Myrtle Beach is closing back up. Is that true?

The Myrtle Beach area, including hotels, restaurants and many attractions, is open. Visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing throughout their stay. 

What is there to do in Myrtle Beach? 

Myrtle Beach is full of fun things to do. We’ve made a list of 102 of them here! 

Which hotels in Myrtle Beach are the best? 

Myrtle Beach is home to many beautiful hotels and resorts. Many hotels are oceanfront and offer tons of indoor and outdoor amenities. We’ve made handy lists of our favorite family-friendly hotels, luxury resorts, and more!