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Horry County Council Enacts Emergency Ordinance Prohibiting Shorter-Term Rentals & Amusement Type Activities

Today County Council held an emergency meeting and enacted Emergency Ordinance 26-20 prohibiting shorter-term rentals and amusement type activities in the unincorporated areas of Horry County from Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. through April 30, 2020.

Golf courses are not restricted in the ordinance and are allowed to remain open. We continue to encourage appropriate social distancing.

Click to read or download the ordinance.

The Myrtle Beach International Airport and all other airports managed by the Horry County Department of Airports remain open and operational. Horry County Government does not have the authority to make a unilateral decision about the closure of airports. That is under the purview of the Federal Aviation Administration. Airlines can also alter flight schedules. In addition, just like in a hurricane, it is important that the airports remain open for County emergency logistics, including delivery of supplies.



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.



North Myrtle Beach Library To Close For Maintenance

The North Myrtle Beach branch of the Horry County Memorial Library System will be closed at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 12, 2020, for maintenance.

Patrons are encouraged to visit any one of the other branches of the Horry County Memorial Library System. Locations and hours can be found on the website.

For more information, contact the Horry County Memorial Library System’s Administrative Office at (843) 915-5285.



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