LIST: Changes to schools, hospitals, governments, others amid coronavirus outbreak


School districts, colleges, universities

Florence-Darlington Technical College: spring 2020 graduation ceremony will be postponed. (10 a.m. Tuesday, March 24)

FMU: As a precaution, we are again urging all residential students to vacate campus housing. Details here (5:45 p.m. Monday, March 23)

Coastal Carolina University: Classes will be online for the rest of the semester. Commencement has been postponed, but grads will be invited to partake in later ceremonies. More here.

Horry-Georgetown Technical College: On April 1, the college will transition its courses to online delivery for the duration of the spring semester. HGTC employees will not be required to report to work until April 1. Commencement has been postponed. Watch for alerts here. (8:45 p.m. Sunday)

Horry County Schools:  Beginning on March 23, HCS will offer student meal delivery options and will add two additional pick-up locations. Also, internet access is available in the parking lots of any HCS school building from 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Updates here. (4 p.m. Thursday)

Florence One Schools: Assignments should be completed on e-learning platforms. Learn more here and here.

Florence School District 3: Learning Packets Distribution for Students. Details here. (4:38 p.m. Monday)

Darlington County Schools:  Hotline number is 843-398-6200. Moved to e-learning plan. Teachers, including special education teachers, will have virtual office hours every day. Details here.

All schools: Governor McMaster has ordered the closing of all schools in the state of South Carolina starting Monday through the end of April. (Tuesday, March 24)

School meal distribution: information for all News13 area schools can be found here.

SAT Tests: College Board cancels May SAT, plans possible at-home AP tests.

Government, Law Enforcement & Utilities

PDRTA: Bus service will be discontinued between Marion and Lake City to Myrtle Beach indefinitely due to the impact COVID-19 has on the hospitality industry in Horry County. (7 p.m. Monday)

HTC: will move to drive-thru, appointment only services starting on Monday, March 23. Read more here. (12:26 p.m. Friday, March 20)

NCDMV: canceled Saturday hours at 13 driver license offices across the state and about 50 offices remain open by appointment-only. More info here. (10:50 a.m. Friday, March 20)

Atlantic Beach: Declared a state of emergency and administrative offices are closed, according to town Manager Benjamin Quattlebaum. Police will still be working, but offices will be closed. (8:35 p.m. Thursday, March 19)

City of Lumberton: closed all city offices to walk-in customers. (8:35 a.m. Thursday, March 19)

Town of Fairmont, Robeson County, NC: has declared a state of emergency, according to a Facebook post from the Fairmont Police Department. A town-wide curfew is in effect for those 17 years old and younger from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. (8:15 a.m. Thursday, March 19)

Town of Gibson, Scotland County, NC: implemented a town-wide curfew from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. (8:15 a.m. Thursday, March 19)

Robeson County Health Department has established a Coronavirus Helpline: (910) 671-3220.  The helpline will be available Monday-Friday, 8:15am-5:15pm. (6 p.m. Sunday)

Darlington County: Public information line to address questions: 843-398-4469. Details here. (9 p.m. Sunday)

Florence County: declared state of emergency, will move to modified operations and a state of emergency amid the coronavirus pandemic. (2:09 p.m. Wednesday, March 18)

City of Georgetown: declared a state of emergency and says they will temporarily suspend penalties for not paying utilities. (1:52 p.m. Wednesday, March 18)

Robeson County Health Department: established coronavirus hotline for questions, which will be available at 910-671-3220 on Monday-Friday from 8:15 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. (11 a.m., Wednesday, March 18)

NC Department of Heath and Human Services Helpline: 866-462-3821, which is available 24/7. (11 a.m. Wednesday, March 18)

Florence Police Department: Officers may ask to meet outside of your home, business or vehicle for not emergency situations. Maintaining a distance of six feet, whenever possible. More details.

Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire District: Closes facilities to the public. Details here.

Fairmont Police (Robeson Co.) – Declares state of emergency, implements curfew for kids 17 and younger from 8p-6a. Details here.

City of Florence: moved to modified operations. More details here. (12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17)

Florence County Library System: closed to the public starting Tuesday until further notice. No late fees will be charged on overdue items. (10 a.m. Tuesday, March 17)

Horry County Government: Offices will operate on a regular schedule Monday. All scheduled public meetings for the upcoming week will be postponed. (4:45 p.m. Sunday, March 15)

Hartsville Police:  Lobby will be closed to the public.  Police response will be limited to emergency calls. For non-emergency calls and police reports, call 843.383.3011. More details here. (9 p.m. Monday)

Horry County Council on Aging: Closed congregate meal sites temporarily. Home delivered meals, homemaker and other services still available. 800-232-4636.

Horry County Magistrate Court and Circuit Court: Cancelled the week of March 15. (4:45 p.m. Sunday, March 15)

Georgetown County Summary Courts: Cancelled all court sessions until further notice. Those who need to make payments can do so at a dropbox location at 333 Cleland Street. (9 a.m. Monday, March 16)

Georgetown County Family Court Contempt: hearings scheduled for Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20 are cancelled, per county spokesperson Jackie Broach-Akers. (10:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 17)

City of Myrtle Beach: Declared state of emergency. Closing all city facilities to the public, including recreation centers and the library. City staff and operations will continue as usual. (3:32 p.m. Sunday, March 15)

Town of Surfside Beach: Declared a state of emergency. The emergency declaration will stay in effect for 60 days unless terminated earlier. (7:25 p.m. Saturday, March 14)

City of Conway: Declared a state of emergency. The city has also cancelled all group meetings for the foreseeable future. (5:06 p.m. Saturday, March 14)

The City of Conway:Ddepartments are open for business, but are closed to the public. The drive-thru at the Conway Finance Department remains open. Read more here. (10 a.m. Monday, March 16.)

S.C. Department of Corrections: Suspended visitation to inmates statewide. Working to make sure those who are incarcerated can have access to calls. (8:07 p.m. Thursday, March 12)

Surfside Beach Police: Complaints of crimes that are “not in progress” and do not pose an immediate risk or threat to safety may be initially handled by an officer over the phone. Details here. (1:06 p.m. Monday)

Marlboro County: Library closed, county recreational events canceled for 30 days. Many hearings and proceedings have been postponed or rescheduled. Updates here.

Lottery: Claims Center will be closed until further notice.

Travel to U.S. from Europe: On Saturday, March 14, President Donald Trump expanded the United States’ European travel ban to include the United Kingdom and Ireland . (1:06 p.m. Saturday, March 14)

U.S. Capitol: The U.S. Capitol will be closed to the public until April. Read more here. (10:26 a.m. Thursday, March 12)

Elections: A list of all postponed elections, including Florence 2 and Marlboro Co., has been updated here by the state Election Commission.

Health care facilities

MUSC Health Florence and Marion: Restricting visitors to only one visitor per patient. Only visitors 18 years of age. Strongly discourage adults 65 and older. (8:41 p.m. Monday)

Shoreline Behavioral Health Services: Closed to the public until further notice.  If you need assistance during normal working hours, call 843-365-8884. (4:47 p.m. Sunday, March 15)

Grand Strand Health: Grand Strand Health has placed some restrictions on visitors, starting Saturday, March 14. (2:24 p.m., Saturday, March 14)

McLeod Health: Visitors will be limited to no more than one guest over the age of 18. Offering free screening tests for coronavirus through its telehealth service. No appointment is needed. Use code: COVID19. (3:04 p.m. Monday, March 9)

Conway Medical Center: No visitors under age 18 or over age 69. The restriction of one visitor per patient continues. Offering phone screenings. (6:28 p.m., Monday)

American Cancer Society: announced all events through March 31 are suspended. (Friday, March 13)

Tidelands Health: Limiting the number of entrances and implementing new visitor restrictions. One adult per patient, accompanied by no more than one child ages 12-17. Children under 12 will not be allowed to visit. (Thursday, March 12)

American Red Cross: Blood donations from healthy people are needed amid coronavirus threat, especially Type O. (8:12 p.m. Wednesday, March 11)

MUSC: offering free telehealth coronavirus screening (7:05 p.m. Tuesday, March 10)

Grand Strand events and activities

North Myrtle Beach Easter Egg Hunt: canceled (1:50 p.m. Tuesday, March 24)

Myrtle Beach Speedway: has made changes to upcoming events. Read more here. (1:20 p.m. Tuesday, March 24)

Myrtle Beach Mall: will close indefinitely as of 7 p.m. Friday, according to mall management.

Run to the Sun Car Show in Myrtle Beach: postponed until September 24-26.

Several events at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center have either been postponed or canceled amid the coronavirus outbreak. Read more here. (7 a.m. Friday, March 20)

Ground Zero Ministries Dragon Boat Festival: was set for April 25, but has been rescheduled to Saturday, September 19. (11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 19)

Georgetown County’s bi-annual household hazardous waste collection and paper shredding event: event scheduled for April 4 is cancelled, another event to be held in the fall. (1:52 p.m. Wednesday, March 18)

YMCA of Coastal Carolina: closing all facilities, effective Thursday, March 19 through at least March 29. (8:50 a.m. Wednesday, March 18)

SkyWheel: Closed starting Sunday for the next 48-hours, in-depth cleaning and disinfecting of our entire venue, as well as all 42 gondolas and offices. Will announce re-opening date later. (11:21 a.m. Sunday, March 14)

News Directions Compassion through Fashion: Organizers plan to reschedule. Read more here. (1:41 p.m. Saturday, March 14)

CCMF: owner says coronavirus is being closely monitored, the festival to continue as scheduled.

Pee Dee/Border Belt events and activities

Florence City Center Farmers Market: Will be open for food purchases using a modified layout on Saturday, March 21, from 9 am-1 pm at the new market location, 200 Sanborn Street. Non-cash payment preferred. (8 p.m. Thursday)

Darlington County Economic Development Partnership meeting on March 18: postponed, according to Monica Perry, with the DCEDP. Next meeting will be held on May 20. (10:47 a.m. Friday, March 13)

SC events and activities

Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston: live stream masses, other devotions on Facebook and Youtube. (11 a.m. Friday, March 20)

The Episcopal Church in South Carolina: has suspended all in-person public services through March. (9:20 a.m. Thursday, March 19)

CDC on gatherings: recommends no gatherings of 50 or more for 8 weeks. (8:42 p.m. Sunday, March 15)

Public gatherings: Gov. McMaster has urged public gatherings both indoors and outdoors be limited to 100 people or less. (5 p.m. Sunday, March 15)

SCforED rally on March 24: The group announced on Twitter the rally is canceled, saying “once the public threat has passed, we look forward to announcing the rescheduled date. (10:16 p.m. Thursday, March 12)

Special Olympics South Carolina: Canceling events until May due to coronavirus concerns. (10:29 a.m. Tuesday, March 10)

Stores, restaurants, businesses

Bed Bath & Beyond: announced Sunday night (March 22) it will be closing all stores in support of national efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Planet Fitness, 1145 Seaboard Street, Myrtle Beach: closed and “will reopen as soon as permitted,” the gym’s Facebook page says. (6:25 a.m. Friday, March 20)

Planet Fitness, 2300 Church Street, Conway: closed and “will reopen as soon as permitted,” the gym’s Facebook page says. (6:25 a.m. Friday, March 20)

Planet Fitness, 12125 Highway 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet: closed and “will reopen as soon as permitted,” the gym’s Facebook page says. (6:25 a.m. Friday, March 20)

Several grocery store chains have modified hours and designated shopping time for seniors and vulnerable populations: read more here. (9 a.m. Thursday, March 19)

BI-LO and Winn-Dixie: Modified hours and dedicated shopping time to seniors and other high-risk groups: read more here. (9 a.m. Thursday, March 19)

Local restaurants providing free meals to students: more info here.

Top Golf: Myrtle Beach Top Golf temporarily closed. (5 p.m. Thursday)

Kirklands: Temporarily closed stores. (4 p.m. Thursday)

Bath and Body Works: All stores in the U.S. and Canada are temporarily closed. (5:26 a.m. Tuesday, March 17)

Barefoot Landing and Broadway at the Beach: Cancelling all common area property events for the next 8 weeks. LHWH said businesses may close or adjust their hours as they deem necessary. (5:30 p.m. Monday)

Brookgreen Gardens: The outdoor gardens remain open. All interior rooms are closed. The Courtyard Café and The Old Kitchen will remain open. Updates here. (4 p.m. Monday)

Dunkin’: has limited service nationwide to drive-thru, carry out and delivery service starting Tuesday (9 a.m. Tuesday, March 17)

Chick-fil-A: temporarily closing dining room seating. (10:49 p.m. Sunday, March 15)

McDonald’s: Closed seating areas and PlayPlaces and will focus on serving customers through restaurant drive-thrus, walk-ins, take-outs (7 p.m. Monday)

Bojangles’: dining rooms closed and service limited to drive-thru, takeout and delivery (where available) (1 p.m. Tuesday, March 17)

Jersey Mike’s: Dining areas closed but customers can order in-store for pickup or online or through the app. Delivery is available from most stores through the app or a third-party service.

Starbucks: Temporarily closing stores in some locations, and moving the majority of our company-operated stores to a “to go” model across the U.S. and Canada. (9:40 p.m. Sunday, March 15)

Disney: Closed its theme parks through the remainder of the month in wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Disney Cruise Line is also suspending all new departures. (8:39 p.m. Thursday, March 12)

AMC Theaters: limiting attendance to 50 people per showing, AP reports.


Tokyo Olympics: postponed until 2021. (9 a.m. Tuesday, March 24)

ACC: cancelled all athletic actives through the end of the 2019-20 academic year.

Annual Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic: SCDNR has canceled this event, which was scheduled for Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29 at the SC Fairgrounds. Refunds will be issued to those who purchased tickets online in the next 7-10 days. Find more info here(10:03 a.m. Monday, March 16)

Boston Marathon: Won’t be run April 20 as planned, rescheduled for September 14. (2:02 p.m. Friday, March 13)

NASCAR: Postponed all races through May 3. (6:30 p.m. Monday)

Masters, ANWA, Drive Chip & Putt events: postponed. Read more here. (10:10 a.m. Friday, March 13)

Major League Baseball: Pushes back opening day to mid-May at earlies. Suspends operations, including the rest of spring training. (Friday, March 13)

PGA Tour: Canceled THE PLAYERS golf championship and all PGA Tour events across all of their tours through April 5. (10:36 p.m. Thursday, March 12)

NRA : 149th annual meeting canceled amid coronavirus outbreak (8:46 p.m. Thursday, March 12)

NCAA: Cancels remaining winter, spring championships. (4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12)

Monday After the Masters: Celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament and concert have been postponed until April 2021.  (4:12 p.m. Thursday, March 12)

National Hockey League: season suspended (1:51 p.m. Thursday, March 12)

NBA season: season suspended until further notice. (9:54 p.m. Wednesday, March 11)

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