By Pat Dowling
During their regularly scheduled March 16, 7 p.m. meeting, the North Myrtle Beach City Council adopted an emergency ordinance and an emergency declaration.
Just as the city adopts emergency ordinances and declarations for hurricanes, this declaration positions the city to be able to respond to COVID-19 related issues as they may arise locally. It also positions the city to qualify for state or federal reimbursements that may be provided to help reduce the impact that COVID-19 related expenditures may have on the city’s budget.
The city’s public parks, recreation centers and the AFC are open. Parks staff follow a regimen of pressure-washing playground equipment, picnic tables and the floors of picnic shelters on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday schedule. Cleanings of recreation centers and the AFC were increased last week and will continue.
If you are a member of the Aquatic & Fitness Center (AFC) and you do not want to frequent the facility until you feel comfortable in doing so, you may notify the AFC and they will freeze your existing membership until you decide to reinstate it. You will not be charged to reinstate your existing membership.
Sanitation services continue as usual on the same schedules. Sanitation services may be increased for some routes and, if that occurs, we will notify the public.
City services remain on regular schedules. All city employees report to work as usual, otherwise contact your supervisor.