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VIDEO: The beach is back! Myrtle Beach reopens with health & safety in mind

VIDEO: The beach is back! Myrtle Beach reopens with health & safety in mind
Michael Pihach

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The “jewel of South Carolina” known for its 100 kilometres of beaches, family-friendly waterparks, shopping outlets, buzzing nightlife, local cuisine, Southern hospitality, oceanfront boardwalks, world-class golf courses (and much, much more) has reopened.

Myrtle Beach, located along the mid-Atlantic region of the eastern United States, is back in business following a period of closures that aimed to halt the spread of COVID-19.

“Everyone is excited to hear that the Grand Strand beaches are open, and resorts and hotels, and some attractions and restaurants, are now allowed to take new reservations,” reads a statement from the Myrtle Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “While that is great news, opening at this time is going to require you to visit responsibly. If you choose to come to the Beach at this time, there are a few rules and regulations that you must follow if we are to open successfully and keep everyone safe.”

Myrtle Beach, located along the mid-Atlantic region of the eastern United States, is back in business. (Visit Myrtle Beach)

While vacation-seekers are welcome to return to the sunny destination that has an average year-round temperature of 25° Celsius, there are health and safety rules that guests must follow to ensure everyone’s safety and well-being. 

This includes:

  • Not travelling if you feel sick.
  • Practicing social distancing (guests will notice guidelines everywhere they go). Local rules advise visitors to stay in groups of three or fewer, or in a household family group, and to stay at least six feet away from others.
  • Wearing a facemask. They are not required by law in South Carolina, but they are recommended.
  • Regular handwashing and using hand sanitizer (stations are readily available).
  • Exercising patience and understanding. Remember, restaurants have only just started opening up, so be mindful and respectful of staff as they find their footing.
  • Doing your homework. Some attractions may not be open just yet, so check in advance to avoid disappointment.
  • Being patient if you have to wait at water facilities. Swimming pools are open, but capacity is capped in respect to local health regulations. You may have to wait your turn.
  • Knowing the rules regarding pets. You can bring your dog to Myrtle Beach, but there are local rules to follow. 
  • Using trash cans. Everyone has a responsibility to keep Myrtle Beach clean!

For a detailed run down of health and safety tips when visiting Myrtle Beach, click here. The Myrtle Beach healthy travel page is also a good resource.

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As soon as the Canada-U.S. border opens, Canadian travellers can drive to Myrtle Beach or fly with Spirit Airlines non-stop from one of the three border cities (Detroit, MI; Niagara Falls, NY; Plattsburgh, NY) that services Canadians out of Windsor, Niagara Falls and Montreal/Ottawa.

Porter also flies to Myrtle Beach from Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre Airport on a seasonal basis (from February to May each year). Travellers can also connect with Air Canada to United Airlines via Charlotte, NC.

For a closer look at how local hotels, restaurants and attractions are reopening with health and safety in mind, watch the video below!

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