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Myrtle Beach police arrested two men Wednesday morning after they allegedly moved barricades to gain access to the beach, thereby violating a recent order issued by S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster. 

The governor on Monday ordered the closure of all public access points to the South Carolina beaches. The order is valid for the duration of the state of emergency.

Around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, it was reported two people defied the order by moving barricades in Myrtle Beach to gain access to the beach, according to Myrtle Beach Police Cpl. Tom Vest.

"Our focus has been to educate the public on the Governor’s order while using enforcement measures on those individuals that willfully disregarded the order," a statement from the Myrtle Beach Police Department said.

"The Governor’s order directs that no person shall have access to the beach from a public access point."

Jonathan Howard Oxendine, 34, and 24-year-old Johnny Lee Craven were both arrested and cited.

Police charged them under the state's law that covers looting/violation of curfew, congregation, failure to disperse in an emergency area.

Both of them were released from the Myrtle Beach jail after each was given a $153 bond.


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