Myrtle Beach city officials issue immediate hotel evacuation order

Published on : Monday, March 30, 2020

Myrtle Beach city officials recently ordered most visitors to evacuate the majority of rental properties in the area. The order came into force with immediate effect and guests had to leave their accommodation by afternoon on Sunday.



The order comes in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The global tourism and hospitality have been harshly affected ever since the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. Businesses and hotels in Myrtle Beach City also faced the same impact.



According to the new order, guests have to leave all hotels, motels, Air BnB properties as well as public and private campgrounds in the area. The closure would certainly hamper the business and future of all hotel and rental property managers. In addition, all guests have suddenly rendered homeless due to the order.



On Friday, the representatives of the City of Myrtle Beach released a memo which stated that the reservation restrictions come with certain exceptions. Any individual having a valid reservation and holding the possibility of becoming homeless can be exempted from the order. Myrtle Beach city officials also mentioned that few hotels would have permission to make their own decisions based on other reasons.



On Sunday afternoon, hotel rooms, balconies and parking lots were also deserted. Officials also restricted hotels and similar other properties from taking new reservations before May 1st 2020. All existing reservations before April 30th 2020 have also been asked to cancel or reschedule.



Although the sudden restrictions may come off as a shock for many boarders and hoteliers, the move remains inevitable due to the increasing coronavirus cases across the globe each day. Many hoteliers also fear that the crisis would take a toll on the local economy. It would certainly take a while for the hospitality industry to recover from the ill effects of the pandemic, not just in Myrtle Beach but all across the world.



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