NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – North Myrtle Beach leaders announced that Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival has been canceled.
On Thursday, city leaders announced the festival would proceed as planned despite other cities across South Carolina canceling their St. Patrick’s Day events due to the threat of the coronavirus.
“Although as late as yesterday SCDHEC advised through its Twitter account that the status of COVID-19 in South Carolina does not indicate that cancelation of events or schools is needed at this time, over the past 24 hours many national events and more South Carolina events canceled, including the Monday after the Masters event in North Myrtle Beach,” North Myrtle Beach leaders posted Friday. “Additionally, over the past 24 hours, some North Myrtle Beach residents who feel they may be more at risk to COVID-19 than others have expressed strong discomfort over a large public event held in the city at this time.”
Some businesses on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach will experience a hit in revenue due to the cancellation.
“Well, financially, it’s a big hit,” Marty Flynn, owner of Flynn’s Irish Tavern, said.
Flynn said his business does well year-round though, so it’s not the end of the world for him.
Another business owner, Tina Yates of Hoskins Restaurant, said she agrees with the decision to cancel the parade even though it would hurt her a bit financially.
“I personally think that’s probably the right decision, not only for liability for the city but for our citizens, our tourists and also for my employees," Yates said. "I think it’s a smart decision.”