Mayor of Myrtle Beach responds to surges in cases

Mayor Brenda Bethune answers questions concerning tourism and keeping beaches open during the pandemic and holiday weekend.
2:40 | 07/05/20

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Joining us now is mayor Brenda Bethune of Myrtle Beach. One of the areas seeing a surge in cases. Mayor, thank you so much for joining us on this holiday weekend once again. The two of us spoke earlier this week, you were expecting more than 100,000 visitors. The city issued a new mask mandate. Are people following the new rules? Good morning, whit, and thank you, and actually, we've had a great weekend in Myrtle Beach and I'm so pleased to see that. I was actually on our boulevard, our ocean boulevard, both Friday and Saturday nights, and there were no large gatherings. I was really pleased with the number of people who were wearing masks and social distancing. So, all in all I think we had a very pleasant and safe weekend. That's very good to hear. Considering some of these numbers here, South Carolina reported more than 1800 new cases yesterday, another daily record, a headline in "The Washington post" this week called Myrtle Beach, quote, a petri dish for the virus, how confident are you that you can keep the visitors safe? Well, there's not a guarantee, there's no 100% guarantee. But with the mask order we do see that people are complying. We are getting that messaging out, the education component. Public service announcements and our regulatory units are monitoring bars and restaurants which are already at 50% capacity. I think all of these things combined, and if everyone would just take personal responsibility, which is what this is all about, and wear a mask, wash hands, all of the safety guidelines, I think everything will start to get on the downturn. Now, Myrtle Beach we know depends on tourism, it was hit especially hard during the early days of the pandemic. But there are now multiple reports of people contracting the virus in your city and bringing it back to other states, other areas, do you think another shutdown might be needed if this surge gets worse? First and foremost, people spread this viruses, not places. We are a huge tourist destination. Our numbers were very well in control before we started to see an influx of visitors again. If you come here for vacation we want you here and we welcome you, but we want you to be safe, follow our rules and laws so that you can have a great time here and come home safely. Mayor Bethune, thank you again. We're wishing your city the best the rest of this fourth of July weekend. To the president's fourth, a

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