Greater Grand Strand Visitor Resources
The Grand Strand is the perfect place for visitors to enjoy all the area has to offer while still maintaining physical distance from crowds. With 14 communities, open shopping areas and outdoor attractions, we are well positioned to recover quickly. Your support of our local business community is needed now to help restore our local economy. Below are a few sites to check out that will help you have a safe experience in our Greater Grand Strand.
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Are there any Coronavirus/COVID-19 cases in the Myrtle Beach area?
- As of January 26th, 2021 there are 28,290 cases of coronavirus are being investigated in the Grand Strand. S.C. DHEC is investigating multiple cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina.
Are nonessential businesses still closed across the state?
- Some close contact, nonessential businesses reopened on May 18. Read the governor’s full press release.
Why are there flights arriving in Myrtle Beach?
- The chamber nor the city or Horry County have the authority to close MYR airport or to stop airlines from arriving here. This is a federal FAA mandate to remain open during emergencies.
Are the beaches open?
- Yes, beaches are open for public access but with social distancing guidelines in place and being enforced.
- Social distancing is required and groups of 3 or more will be dispersed.
Is there a shelter in place order in the Myrtle Beach area?
- No, shelter in place order was canceled on May 4.
Will my hotel offer refunds?
- As cancellation and refund policies vary by business, you should contact the business you booked with directly for their latest policies and options. Many businesses are reviewing their policies and making them more flexible to accommodate changing travel plans, such as allowing people to rebook later.
I booked my reservation through VRBO or Airbnb and they won’t give me a refund. What should I do?
- If you booked your resort or condo property reservation through a third party booking engine, including but not limited to Airbnb and VRBO, the cancellation policies for your reservation are determined by the individual owner of that unit, the third party booking engine or the resort or condo. It is up to the owner of that unit, not the third-party booking engine or condo/resort to make considerations for changes to their cancellation policy. We regret that we are not able to assist with these situations as we aren’t privy to the owner’s information and have no jurisdiction over their business policies. This applies to the condo/resort property management as well. The third-party booking engine may be able to help you contact the owner for consideration as they maintain those contact details and communications.
Are there any closures or event cancellations?
- Yes. As we’ve seen with national events and schools, most events have been canceled or rescheduled. There are some exceptions, so please check with the individual-business or event website for the latest information. We’re posting updates on the Coronavirus Closures & Cancellations page as well.
- Many restaurants are opening for dine-in service at 50% capacity and offering take-out, curbside pickup, or delivery services. Restaurants Offering To-Go Meals: Myrtle Beach Restaurants, North Myrtle Beach Restaurants, Conway Restaurants.
- Many attractions remain closed at this time.
What are area businesses and events doing to prevent the spread of coronavirus?
- The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau has been in regular contact with businesses and has provided information and resources on how businesses can prepare for and prevent the spread of viruses including recommendations from DHEC, CDC and accelerateSC. You can learn more on the chamber’s coronavirus outbreak readiness page.
- Many businesses have implemented expanded preventive measures, including:
- Expanded cleaning and sanitation practices, such as frequent cleanings, wiping down surfaces frequently throughout the day, and making sanitation gel or wipes available to visitors.
- Communicating guidelines to employees and visitors on how to prevent the spread of viruses.
- Implementing a response plan in case someone is suspected of contracting the coronavirus.
For more information on visiting the Greater Grand Strand safely, visit the Visit Myrtle Beach Healthy Travel information page.
Make the Greater Grand Strand Promise
We’re excited that businesses are taking the Greater Grand Strand Promise to assure customers and guests that each of our businesses are putting health and safety at the forefront now more than ever. Show your support for the Greater Grand Strand and promise to keep our local businesses and residents safe.