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Horry County to Reopen Administrative, Public Safety & Library Facilities on Monday

Horry County Government will reopen its administrative, public safety, and library facilities to the public beginning Monday, May 18, 2020. Horry County recreation centers, the Horry County Museum and the L.W. Paul Living History Farm will remain closed to the public.

Following the guidance from Governor McMaster and state agencies, Horry County will allow public access to its buildings with best safety practices being implemented. Safety measures will include:

  • Everyone in high-traffic public areas will be required to wear masks while inside facilities. This includes lobbies, waiting areas, customer service counters, etc. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own mask and wear it prior to entering the facilities.
  • Occupancy limits will be set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Physical distancing guidelines will be in place.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations will be stationed in public areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning operations will continue.

To help alleviate crowding in public areas, Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County will continue to phase into operations as conditions permit, and ask for patience if wait times exist.

County officials remind everyone to continue to follow CDC and S.C. DHEC safety guidelines as well as Governor McMaster’s executive orders that remain in effect.



Horry County Council Enacts Emergency Ordinance; Planning Commission Workshop Tomorrow

Today County Council held an emergency meeting and enacted Ordinance 25-20. This emergency ordinance allows County Council to meet virtually. These meetings will be available for the public to view with the opportunity to participate in public hearings, as mandated by law. At this time, no meetings of County Council are scheduled to take place virtually. When those meetings are designated, specific instructions will be provided to the public.

Click here to view and download a copy of the ordinance.

The Planning Commission Workshop scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, March 26 will be taking place as a virtual workshop. The workshop will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website (link below) as well as the Government Access Channel. At this workshop, there will be no public input, as usual, and in addition, there will be no votes taken.

Click to view the agenda or the agenda packet. Click to watch the video remotely.



COVID-19 Update: Horry County Activates Emergency Operations Center

There are no changes to County operations tomorrow, Thursday, March 19, 2020. County buildings and facilities remain closed to the public. 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.

The Horry County Emergency Operations Center activated today. Because of the nature of this event, the EOC is virtually activated, meaning that coordination between functions is happening using phone calls and emails.

The Keep Horry County Beautiful meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, 2020 has been 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 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. 

 



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