COVID19

Beach towns fear they won’t survive a summer of COVID-19

BETHANY BEACH, Del. — It’s noonish on a Friday in mid-July and this quaint beach town is bubbling to life.

A steady parade of cars crawls alongside the two-block long jumble of shops and restaurants leading to the beach. Face-mask-wearing couples, families and clutches of young women stroll down wide, brick-accent sidewalks in leisurely intervals.

And Mango’s, the town’s trendy beachfront restaurant, already has drawn a handful of patrons to its 348-seat dining area and 70-seat patio.

Not bad for a mostly sunny beach day in the time of coronavirus.

Except that on a normal summer Friday in any other … Read More

Myrtle Beach will now require face masks be worn in public places as COVID-19 cases soar

Myrtle Beach will now require face masks be worn in public places following weeks of coronavirus cases rising significantly in both South Carolina and Horry County.

The Myrtle Beach City Council met in a special meeting Thursday morning to approve a motion that allows City Manager John Pedersen to issue an executive order requiring residents and visitors to wear face masks or coverings in all retail, personal service, food establishments, hotels, amusements and where a six foot distance can’t be observed.

The decision comes as the city prepares for thousands of tourists to inundate the area for the July 4

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Will COVID-19 force cancellation of Art Basel Miami Beach? A lot is riding on it

For 19 years, Art Basel Miami Beach has injected a jet-fueled blast into the local cultural and tourism calendar. The fair doesn’t just put a massive trove of world-class art on public display, but also draws mobs of some of the world’s richest people, fills hotels and restaurants, and, not incidentally, helps sustain Miami’s ongoing maturation as a global center for culture and commerce.

The contemporary-art fair has been canceled only once. What would have been the inaugural show was called off following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

But, with five months to go, a big question hangs over the

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