Adapted with permission from Des Moines Partnership.
COVID-19 News for Area Businesses
- 4/3: S.C. LLR Extends Renewal Deadlines During Health Emergency
- 4/2: IRS Warns about Coronavirus related scams
- 4/1: U.S. Department Of Labor Announces New Paid Sick Leave And Expanded Family And Medical Leave Implementation
- 4/1: Horry County Offers Assistance for Businesses during State of Emergency
- 3/31: SC governor shuts down non-essential businesses statewide
- 3/31: IRS: Employee Retention Credit available for many businesses financially impacted by COVID-19
- 3/30: Economic impact payments (“stimulus checks”)
- 3/28: SC beaches, boat ramps, & boat landings closed
- 3/27: SCDMV extends deadline for vehicle registrations, licenses
- 3/26: Horry County Council Enacts Emergency Ordinance Prohibiting Shorter-Term Rentals & Amusement Type Attractions
- 3/26: SCDOR extends deadlines of taxes administered or filed to be due between April 1 – June 1 to June 1. Income taxes originally due April 15 now due July 15.
- 3/21: To-Go Beer & Wine Sales Approved
- Hotels – Federal Hotel Leasing Program
- 3/19: SC Tax Relief from COVID-19 outbreak
- 3/19: H.R. 6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- 3/17: SC Supreme Court halts all SC evictions through May 1
- 3/17: dine-in now prohibited at SC Restaurants
- Additional Myrtle Beach rules
- 3/17: Horry County Treasurer’s office waives e-check fees for business license, hospitality fee transactions
- Horry County Updates
- Questions about COVID-19 impacts in Horry County? Call the Horry County Emergency Management phone bank at 843-915-5000 (8 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F.)
Tips & Resources for Businesses during COVID-19
Assuming you have already taken the steps outlined by the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control & the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), here are some additional, timely resources & tips:
- Pandemic Guidance
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Key planning recommendations for Mass Gatherings in the context of the current COVID-19 outbreak: Interim guidance
- Understanding the Coronavirus
- Workbook: Disaster Prep & Resiliency Toolkit for Businesses
- Keep communicating with your customers, and stay active on social media. Let your customers know that you are open for business, or remind them how you can help. Let them know what you are doing to protect their health as well.
- Keep communicating with your team as well. They need your leadership and certainty.
- Mental Health And COVID-19 – Information And Resources
- If you are in retail or service or another public facing business, what can you do to protect both your customer base and your employees? Leverage technology and easy pick-up or delivery, for example.
- Actively encourage sick employees to stay home
- Separate sick employees
- Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees
Working from Home?
- Finalize work strategies and protocols should you need folks to work from home, or make changes to staffing. Tools:
- For meetings with large groups, consider moving online. You can still get the work done, and it may actually save you time. Zoom, GoToMeetings, Microsoft Teams are all great tools for this.
- Review your supply chain and analyze potential impact and alternatives for supplies.
- Review finances, work on contingencies of how to manage finances should business begin to slow, talk with your banker about options that you can tap into should the need arise.
- Set up authorities, triggers, and procedures for activating and terminating the company’s infectious disease outbreak response plan, altering business operations (e.g., possibly changing or closing operations in affected areas), and transferring business knowledge to key employees. Work closely with your local health officials to identify these triggers.
- Talk with your business insurance provider as well.
- If business does slow, document your losses. If the COVID-19 situation escalates, disaster declarations could be made that trigger the availability of federal economic injury assistance for small businesses. https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/Index
- How will you handle travel?
- How restaurants can better assist customers during times of uncertainty
- Frequent and deeper cleaning of the office and home. Most Clorox, Lysol and Purell products should fit the bill. A full list of product that can be used during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is here: https://www.americanchemistry.com/Novel-Coronavirus-Fighting-Products-List.pdf
- MyHorryNews.com is compiling a list of restaurants and other businesses providing delivery and/or pick up
- CC firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion here
- Facebook Group for Myrtle Beach Area Curbside, Takeout and Delivery Guide
- Now, more than ever, small businesses need your support. Our online directory is a great place to start.
- If you are doing business with a local provider and your needs have changed, do your best to postpone the work and not cancel.
- If you do not wish to eat/shop out, you can buy a gift card & save it for the future.
We realize that the uptick in cancellations may feel alarming. Remember that these are all strategies to stop the spread. It is possible for people with no symptoms to spread diseases.
Stay informed and look for information from reliable and trusted sources, including:
- World Health Organization: who.int
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): cdc.gov
- SC Department of Public Health (SCDHEC): scdhec.gov or 1-855-472-3432
- Horry County Government & Emergency Management
- Area News – the Twitter List
- Need to Know COVID-19 Resources for Locals
- DHEC Care Line > 1-855-472-3432 If you have general questions about COVID-19, the DHEC Care Line is here to help. Staff is answering calls from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. seven days a week. In the event of an emergency, please call 9-1-1.
- MUSC is offering an online virtual care provider for those who are concerned about COVID-19. Screenings are free using code COVID19.
- Financial Assistance for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 – SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
- Event Cancellations – Large events across the Grand Strand are being canceled or postponed in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Follow the individual events/hosts online for updates.
- SC Tax returns and payments due April 1 – June 1 will now be due June 1, 2020.