Following South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster’s May 4th directive to dissolve the “Home-or-Work” order, Myrtle Beach area municipalities deemed that the time was right for a “soft opening.” Most area lodging facilities are now allowed to take reservations from May 14 on.
In an effort to consolidate best practice advice and provide consistent, accurate guidelines to both businesses and the public, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and CVB (MBACVB) created the Accelerate Myrtle Beach Recovery Task Force. The task force has published suggested guidelines for safely reopening the five main sectors of tourism-related business in the Grand Strand: accommodations, restaurants, attractions, golf courses and retail outlets. The guidelines offer a phased approach to reopening and include recommendations for social distancing, sanitation, capacity and enforcement.
“These guidelines provide clarity for business owners who are preparing to reopen in these uncertain times,” said Karen Riordan, president and CEO of the MBACVB. “Long-term recovery from this type of event requires a strategic, phased approach to ensure the safety of employees, guests and residents. These guidelines address those concerns, incorporating guidance from the CDC and other government agencies, national associations, as well as the input of our local business community.”
The specific guidelines can be found at https://www.myrtlebeachareacvb.com/news/accelerate-myrtle-beach-reopending-guidelines
The MBACVB is also providing important messaging for potential visitors. “As our beaches and businesses begin to reopen to the public, please visit responsibly, practice social distancing while enjoying Myrtle Beach safely,” said Ms. Riordan. Guests should be aware that not everything is open yet. Many pools, dining and attractions remain closed or are limited in scope. Visitors need to plan ahead and be prepared. Health and safety information for visitors can be found here: https://www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/plan/visitor-resources/healthy-travel-information/