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Outer Banks to Lift Visitor Restrictions

Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Bob Woodard announces entry for visitors. 

Visitor restrictions will be lifted beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 16, for Dare, Hyde and Currituck counties.

The three counties worked together to make the decision after Gov. Roy Cooper Tuesday issued Executive Order 138  that modified the state’s stay-at-home rder and transition to Phase 1 of slowly easing certain COVID-19 restrictions and made the announcement Wednesday morning.

Visitors will be permitted entry to Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Hatteras Island, Roanoke Island, Dare County mainland, Currituck County Outer Banks and Ocracoke Island. Visitors are encouraged to contact their accommodations provider to confirm reservation and arrival plans.

Allowing visitors on May 16 will allow seven days for local businesses, attractions, and accommodations providers to prepare for the arrival of visitors following the new business operating requirements put in place by the governor’s order, according to the counties.

Entry restrictions for visitors to mainland Hyde County were lifted at 5 a.m. Wednesday, Hyde announced. Ocracoke nonresident property owners will be allowed entry May 11. All nonresident property owners should bring their own supplies to sustain themselves in their homes as much as possible such as groceries, medication, paper products and other essentials.

Officials reminded visitors that the pandemic is not over and state and local restrictions are in effect including:

  • Social distancing guidelines.
  • Gatherings limited to 10 people or less.
  • Restaurants operating on a takeout or delivery basis only.
  • Limits on the number of people allowed into stores.
  • Continued closure of personal care and grooming businesses and entertainment businesses without retail or dining.

Visitors are encouraged to wear a mask or cloth face covering in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Officials stressed CDC recommendations to not travel if you are sick or were exposed within 14 days to COVID-19.

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