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July 17, 2020

Hurricane Season 2020 Update

Here is what to expect this Hurricane season here in Myrtle Beach according to NOAA:

-There is a 60% chance that the hurricane season in the Atlantic will be above normal

-There is a 30% chance that the hurricane season in the Atlantic will be average

-There is a 10% chance that the hurricane season in the Atlantic will be below normal

This season appears to increase due to multiple environmental factors. This includes the "high-activity era", which has been a factor since 1995.

It is being warned that every person's hurricane preparedness plans may need to adjust this year due to the CDC guidelines in place for COVID-19. Before this hurricane season, be sure to:

-Make a list of supplies you may need and restock your hurricane kit

-Check with your insurance companies to make sure any property of yours that could be damaged do to hazardous weather is covered

-Check which zone you live in so that if an evacuation takes place, you will know whether or not you are in that ratio

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July 16, 2020

COVID-19 Update 7/16

Governor Henry McMaster made a decision that the 2020-2021 school year will be either face-to-face or virtual depending on which situation each parent feels is best.

These plans are to be submitted for approval by July 17, 2020.

McMaster has instructed the state superintendent to not approve anything that does not offer both of these options.

McMaster has suggested September 8, 2020, as the opening day for the school year.

For more information on this topic, CLICK HERE


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June 23, 2020

COVID-19 Update 6/23

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, President Trump has put in an order that suspends all foreign workers from entering the country until the end of 2020. This includes all H-1B, H-2B, J and L visas, which equals to over 500,000 legal guests according to the Whitehouse.

Exemptions are being placed for workers such as H-2B workers who are employed with the United States' food supply.

Unfortunately, this order will affect AHLA members who rely on these extra workers to come in during the summer months while tourists flood their cities for vacation. This could also affect the economic recovery for the hotel and hospitality sector significantly. 

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June 22, 2020

Election Day Update 6/22

Polls open for votes on Tuesday, June 23rd from 7AM-7PM for voters. It is highly suggested that all voters visit prior to visiting voting polls to confirm this polling location.

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June 18, 2020

COVID-19 Update 6/18

According to the Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association, the Horry County Welcome back Committee launched and the Greater Grand Strand Promise today which entails re-building up our community economically while still ridding of the Coronavirus.

To do this, the Small Business Administration is giving out small loans to help businesses' pay their employees until we are back on track as a community.   

For more information about this assistance from the Small Business Administration, please CLICK HERE

For more general information about the mission to bring the economy back up in Horry County while still continuing to stay safe, please CLICK HERE

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June 12, 2020

COVID-19 Update 6/12 Part II

According to the Horry County Public Information Department, Horry County Government will be reinstating the following protocols due to having 10 positive cases among their staff:

  • Employees to be working remotely (currently 36 are doing this) due to possible exposure
  • County officers are suggested to do business electronically
  • Call before visiting offices due to some working by appointment only
  • Community members visiting these offices are required to wear a mask inside the building

For more information from the Horry County Public Information Department, CLICK HERE

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June 12, 2020

COVID-19 Update 6/12

According to the Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association, the following recommendations for phase 2 of reopening Myrtle Beach regarding the COVID-19 crisis are as follows:

  • Do not cloth cover faces of children 2 years or younger
  • Do not cloth cover faces of those who have difficulty breathing or are unconscious
  • Do not cloth cover faces of those who are unable to remove the cloth without assistance 
  • Highly recommended that restaurant use cloth covering of faces if possible
  • Restaurant staff should be provided information on proper covering and uncovering of the face with a cloth and proper washing techniques

Tidelands Health and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control will be returning to Pelicans Ballpark to offer more free COVID-19 testing. This drive-thru clinic will be offered from 10 am to 6 pm while supplies last.

Please CLICK HERE for more information about cloth face covering guidelines from the CDC.

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May 14, 2020

COVID-19 Update 5/14

According to the Myrtle Beach Area Hospital Association, the following matters have been put in place regarding the COVID-19 crisis:

  • Mayor Brenda Bethune extended the "declaration of emergency" which was originally set to expire this week
  • This new order does not hold any more restrictions that are not already in place
  • North Myrtle Beach City Council extended localized state of emergency 
  • The MarshWalk in Murrells Inlet has been opened and the goats have been returned to Goat Island
  • House of Representatives launched a $3 trillion legislative package to help the economy get back on track

To learn more about this COVID-19 update from the MBAHA CLICK HERE 

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May 1, 2020

Unemployment Charts Due To COVID 19 4/30

More than 3.8 million people in America applied for unemployment between the period of 4/25/2020 and 4/30/2020 according to the Department of Labor. This brings the total of unemployed Americans to a whopping 30.5 million. Although these numbers are historically high, they have been falling for a month now. The week prior, the claims were 600,000 claims higher than the week of 4/25.

To read more of these facts from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation CLICK HERE

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May 1, 2020

Guidelines To Reopen America

The CDC recently announced guidelines in a three-phased approach to open America again. 

Phase 1 will include:

  • Vulnerable individuals will continue to stay sheltered
  • All individuals should remail social distancing in public places 
  • Keep groups under 10 people
  • Working from home is encouraged but not mandatory
  • If working in a workplace building social distancing should be strongly enforced
  • Business' for children and the elderly shall remain closed
  • Large venues and gyms can up with strict social distancing rules
  • Bars will remain closes

Phase 2 will include:

  • Vulnerable individuals will continue to stay sheltered
  • All healthy individuals should try to stay away from groups of 50 or more
  • Keep common areas in the workplace closed so that personnel don't clutter
  • School's and other child activities will reopen
  • Visits to senior care facilities will continue to be prohibited
  • Bars will open with certain social distancing guidelines

Phase 3 will include:

  • Vulnerable individuals may engage in public interactions but with social distancing protocol
  • Low-risk individuals should limit time in crowded places
  • Resume workplace activities to full extent 
  • Senior care facilities may take visitors 

To read more on these guidelines brought to you by the CDC CLICK HERE

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