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Horry County Facilities Close to the Public Beginning Tomorrow

For the protection of our employees and our community, all Horry County Government offices will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020 until further notice. This excludes all airports. Limited court functions will continue. All employees will still report to work at their regularly scheduled time.

We strongly urge the public to handle business online where possible. We understand that there are crucial transactions that must take place and are not available online. The public is asked to call those departments directly for information and coordination. Specifically for anyone who needs to file for office, please call 843-915-5440 and make an appointment with Voters Registration & Elections.

County staff remains available by phone and email. Please understand that we are going to be experiencing higher than usual call volumes and there may be delays. 

In addition, we have activated the phone bank for questions regarding County specific functions. It will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 843-915-5000. 

The County Council Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, 2020 will be canceled. 

We understand that these are trying and difficult times. We ask our community to be patient and to continue to practice good hygiene and social distancing. 

Horry County officials are actively monitoring conditions and will make ongoing adjustments as called for.



Horry County Closes Certain Facilities to the Public

All Horry County Government offices will operate on a regular schedule Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

Beginning tomorrow, the following offices and facilities will be closed to the public: 

  • Libraries
  • Recreation Centers
  • Museum & Farm
  • Veterans Affairs

Staff in these offices and facilities will still report to work. 

Additional event cancellations include the Parks and Recreation Pier to Pier Beach Run. All Horry County Parks and Recreation and Library programs are canceled, including organized athletics. 

We strongly urge the public to handle business with the County online where possible. Public use of the Government & Justice Center should be limited to necessary transactions. At this time, the Treasurer’s Office is offering free e-check payments for business license and hospitality fee transactions. 

Emergency management staff and the administrators are continuing to monitor the situation with COVID-19 in our community. Please be advised that conditions may change quickly requiring new or additional closures and cancellations. Any updates will be provided as soon as possible. Please visit horrycounty.org/closings or our social media feeds for the most up-to-date information. 

 



COVID-19 Update: Limited closures and cancellations of courts, meetings and programs

All Horry County Government offices will operate on a regular schedule Monday, March 16, 2020. We are urging members of the public to consider doing business online where possible. 

All scheduled public meetings for the upcoming week will be postponed including Transportation Committee, Public Safety Committee, Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee, and the Subcommittee on Flooding. 

Court for Horry County Magistrate Court and Circuit Court is cancelled the week of March 15. Jurors should not report to the courthouse this week. 

All Horry County Parks and Recreation after school programs will be cancelled beginning Monday, in line with school closures. 

County officials are continuing to monitor the situation with COVID-19 in our community. Please be advised that conditions may change quickly requiring new or additional closures or cancellations. Any updates will be provided as soon as possible.



Horry County Declares State of Emergency; Moves to OPCON 2

Following the announcements yesterday from the White House and the South Carolina Governor’s Office, Horry County Council has declared a localized state of emergency, effective at noon today, to adopt emergency ordinances to meet public emergencies affecting life, health, safety or the property of the people in our area. The declaration will remain in effect for sixty (60) days unless sooner terminated by resolution by County Council.

In addition, the County is moving to Operating Condition Level OPCON 2. This allows us to activate the Emergency Operations Plan as necessary. At this time, the Emergency Operations Center is not open. County offices remain operational on a normal schedule, but we encourage folks to make transactions online where possible. 

We still have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Horry County. 

This declaration is made out of an abundance of caution to allow the County to respond quickly as this situation evolves. By declaring a state of emergency, it allows local government to mobilize resources, to better monitor the virus, to strengthen our ability to respond and assist, and to proactively take measures to protect our residents and visitors. 

As needed, the County has the ability to take measures such as closing certain facilities, postponing events, and modifying employee work plans to slow the spread of the disease and reduce the number of cases. Any updates to our current normal operations will be communicated through our website and social media feeds. 



Upcoming Meetings for March 16-20, 2020

Public Safety Committee--CANCELLED

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 9 a.m.

Horry County Government & Justice Center, Council Conference Room

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Transportation/Economic Development Committee--CANCELLED

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 2 p.m.

Horry County Government & Justice Center, Council Conference Room

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Board of Architectural Review--CANCELLED

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

Horry County Government & Justice Center, Multipurpose Rooms

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Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee--CANCELLED

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 9 a.m.

Horry County Government & Justice Center, Council Conference Room

Click here to view and download the agenda.

 

Board of Fee Appeals--CANCELLED

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 3 p.m.

Horry County Government & Justice Center, Multipurpose Rooms

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Board of Assessment Appeals--CANCELLED

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 4 p.m.

Horry County Government & Justice Center, Multipurpose Rooms

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Infrastructure & Regulation Subcommittee on Flooding--CANCELLED

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 5 p.m.

Horry County Government & Justice Center, Council Conference Room

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