The health and safety of our residents and visitors are paramount and as such, we want to ensure you are fully informed of the impacts of COVID-19 on our area and the current status of travel. As this is a rapidly evolving situation, we’ll continue to post updates on this page and our social channels. In the meantime, stay healthy and stay safe. We can’t wait to see you again at the beach!
The Beach is Open! Just Pack Your Mask and Travel Safely
The beaches are currently open and several areas throughout the destination have enacted mask mandates for locals and visitors of the Myrtle Beach area ahead of the holiday weekend.
Cities within the Myrtle Beach area have mandated that masks now be worn in public spaces including stores, common areas of restaurants and accommodations, and public spaces where social distancing cannot be followed. Masks are not required on beaches as long as beachgoers maintain social distancing. You can find more information here.
North Myrtle Beach
North Myrtle Beach City Council voted in favor of an ordinance that requires people to wear face coverings in public spaces. The ordinance went into effect on July 2, 2020.
As COVID-19 remains a public health threat we ask that you visit our area responsibly so everyone can enjoy all the Grand Strand has to offer. Here are some tips to help everyone stay safe:
Practice healthy hygiene. Wash your hands frequently. Use sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
Wear a face mask when you visit public places.
Practice social distancing by staying 6' away from others. This applies to everywhere you go, including the beach.
Properly dispose of your garbage in waste receptacles. Keep our beaches clean by picking up after your pets.
View blog post on ways to keep Myrtle Beach Clean & Safe for everyone!
Myrtle Beach area beaches, accommodations, and close contact businesses are beginning to open to the public. Public beach accesses and state parks are open with social distancing guidelines in place.
Attractions, youth sports and day camps are open, though call ahead for special hours and schedules.
Close contact businesses, public and commercial pools are open to limited capacity.
Restaurants are open for dine-in service at 50% capacity. Please be patient as they follow the reopening guidelines. Practices that keep you safe while dining in Myrtle Beach.
Many restaurants are open for outdoor dining, takeout, or delivery only.
Gov. Henry McMaster today announced that all previously recommended guidelines for restaurants and other establishments that attract groups of people are now mandatory. The governor’s Executive Order establishing these new measures will go into effect Monday, August 3.
“These limited restrictions are temporary, they are measured, and they are targeted towards what we know works,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “These measures give South Carolina the best chance to slow the spread of the virus without shutting down the state’s economy – which we cannot and will not do – as many continue to call for.”
Additionally, the governor continued his call for all South Carolinians to wear face coverings when appropriate, and he encouraged local governments to adopt face covering ordinances. The governor also ordered that face coverings must be worn in all state government buildings according to guidelines and procedures developed by the state Department of Administration, effective August 5th.
These guidelines for restaurants, first established by AccelerateSC, have been strongly recommended until now. They are now mandatory and include the following:
Operating dine-in services at no more than 50% of the certificate of occupancy issued by the fire marshal.
Employees and patrons shall be required to wear masks or face coverings.
Tables are to be spaced to keep diners at least six feet apart.
No more than 8 customers per table unless from the same family.
Standing or congregating in bar area of restaurant is prohibited.
Establishments that possess a state permit to sell alcohol shall be subject to these restrictions.
Other types of businesses, facilities, venues, events or mass gatherings which are permitted to open but are required to implement AccelerateSC guidelines include the following: festivals, parades, concerts, theaters, stadiums, arenas, coliseums, auditoriums, grandstands, amphitheaters, gymnasiums, concert halls, dance, halls, performing arts centers, parks, racetracks, or similarly operated entities. These guidelines include, but are not limited to, the following:
Attendance may not exceed 50% of the certificate of occupancy issued by the fire marshal – or 250 persons – whichever is less.
Require the wearing of masks or face coverings as a condition of admission or participation
Enact social distancing, cleaning and hygiene practices as recommended by AccelerateSC
End the sale of alcohol at 11:00 PM
Businesses, event organizers, and others responsible for events that may exceed the occupancy rules may receive clarification allowing the event to proceed if they can satisfactorily demonstrate an ability to comply with federal and state COVID-19 procedures and protocols to the Department of Commerce.