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Ferries Adjust Schedules for COVID-19 Order

The North Carolina Department of Transportation ferry Floyd J. Lupton leaves Hatteras Village bound for Ocracoke Island on one of its last passages of the day. Photo: Doug Waters

MANNS HARBOR – State ferry schedules will change beginning Tuesday as the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division responds to Gov. Roy Cooper’s statewide stay-at-home order.

Cooper ordered people in North Carolina to stay at home from 5 p.m. Monday until April 29 to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Hyde County officials have also instituted restrictions that will be enforced by Ferry Division personnel.

Hyde County commissioners on Monday amended the county’s state of emergency order to align it with the governor’s order.

As a result, visitation to mainland Hyde County is prohibited as of 5 p.m. Monday until further notice and new restrictions on access to Ocracoke Island are in place for nonresident property owners and workers. Only people working on critical repairs requiring a building permit will be issued temporary entry permits. Other repairs will need to wait until the governor’s order is lifted. The Ferry Division will have access to a list of all permits issued and will deny entry if you have not been verified.

Starting Tuesday, the new ferry schedules are as follows and will remain in place until the stay at home order expires:

Currituck-Knotts Island

Operations are temporarily suspended.

Hatteras-Ocracoke

From Hatteras: 6 a.m., 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight

From Ocracoke: 4:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Cedar Island-Ocracoke

From Cedar Island: 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

From Ocracoke: 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Swan Quarter-Ocracoke

From Swan Quarter: 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

From Ocracoke: 7 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach

From Cherry Branch: 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

From Minnesott Beach: 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Bayview-Aurora

From Bayview: 5:45 a.m., 7:15 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:40 p.m.

From Aurora: 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m., 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

Southport-Fort Fisher

Route closed for a ramp replacement project. Contractors on the project have halted work due to the stay at home order, so the scheduled reopening of the route April 6 will be delayed.

 

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