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Hyde to Reopen to Nonresident Owners

Ocracoke Lighthouse. Photo: Mark Hibbs

Updated to include information from Dare, Currituck counties

Ocracoke nonresident property owners will be allowed entry beginning May 11 but no decision had been made about allowing visitors, Hyde County announced Friday evening.

There was no update Monday on a decision regarding visitors to Hyde County but officials in Currituck and Dare counties announced Monday that they are working together to determine a date for visitor entry.

The board chairmen and county managers for Currituck and Dare counties have met to discuss coordinating entry for visitors, the two counties announced Monday in a joint release.

Currituck County will remove the tentative May 15 visitor entry date from their State of Emergency.

After Gov. Cooper’s statewide Stay at Home Order expires May 8, officials for both counties will meet to establish a timeline for visitor entry. The counties will jointly announced when a date for visitor entry is decided.

The Hyde County board of commissioners amended on Friday the local state of emergency order to not only lift the Ocracoke nonresident property owner entry restrictions but also to adopt the guidelines laid out in Gov. Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 135 and extend the stay-at-home order until May 22.

County officials will continue to meet regularly to review the effectiveness of mitigation efforts and make decisions regarding visitor access.

Allowing nonresident property owners into Ocracoke is the first step for Hyde County to slowly relax the current restrictions. The success of this process will greatly depend on everyone continuing to adhere to the social distancing guidelines and stay at home order, according to the county.

All nonresident property owners should bring their own supplies to sustain themselves in their homes as much as possible including groceries, medication, paper products and other essentials.

According to the announcement, the following restrictions will remain in place and must be followed:

  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Mass gatherings are limited to 10 or fewer individuals.
  • Travel should only be for essential needs.
  • Only have direct contact with members of your immediate household.
  • All essential retailers must adhere to the Executive Order 131 and comply with restrictions on the number of individuals allowed entry based on square footage of space.

Individuals are urged to wear a mask or cloth face covering in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain such as in grocery stores and pharmacies.

Information regarding entry to Mainland Hyde County and Ocracoke can be found on the county website. Visit the public health page to learn more about COVID-19 in Hyde County.

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