Garden City visitors and residents sit along the beach in Garden City Saturday afternoon. The number of coronavirus cases in Horry County and the Myrtle Beach area continued to rise Saturday, with three additional cases. The county’s total rose to 201 cases, up from 198 on Friday, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Josh Bell

SC - Let’s all go to the beach! Myrtle Beach hotels, oceanfront access open for business

The Grand Strand is open for business! Well ... kind of ...

The past week marked a significant milestone as the Myrtle Beach area starts to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly all the hotels and public beach accesses in the Grand Strand are open. S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster also rescinded the state’s “work or home” order starting Monday.

He still left many restrictions in place, such as no dining-room service for restaurants. They can serve outdoor seating areas, however, starting Monday.

McMaster first gave cities the option two weeks ago to open public beach access, and Myrtle Beach kept its closed. That was until this week when the city council voted to open the beaches. The council also voted to allow hotels to resume renting, though added layers of regulations to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Those regulations include limiting the number of people in elevators, encouraging through cleanings and limited interactions between staff and guests.

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