Dare County asks for end to social media combat over COVID-19

By on March 24, 2020

(Dare County)

Dare County’s latest COVID-19 bulletin, issued at 1 p.m. on March 24, begins by calling for a halt to the ill-will and name-calling that has proliferated on social media and comment pages, particularly in the wake of the county’s decision to bar access, unless in “exceptional” circumstances, to non-resident property owners. The statement is below:

“We all recognize that times like these tend to bring out the best in people, however, occasionally the opposite can occur as a result of stress and fear. Our sense of community has always been strong when faced with adversity. Every person in Dare County is facing the uncertainty of this unprecedented crisis. Now is the time for heightened compassion and kindness. We truly are all in this together. There is no place for hate, ill will or labeling. Social media can be a useful tool for communication, but it also can be a platform for divisive and negative behavior. Everyone is encouraged to use social media to spread facts and information of support and care. Be kind to your neighbors and choose to look at the situation we are facing with understanding. Again, we are all in this together.”

The bulletin also reviewed the governor’s executive order of March 23 further that extends school closures and orders the shutdown of additional businesses.

“Yesterday, Governor Cooper announced an additional executive order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Executive Order 120 mandates all K-12 schools remain closed until May 15, bans mass gatherings of 50 people or more and requires non-essential businesses, where the ability to social distance is lessened, to close by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25.

Businesses ordered to close include indoor exercise facilities such as gyms, trampoline parks, and yoga studios, movie theaters, bowling alleys, spas, sweepstakes/bingo halls, and other similar facilities. The order also applies to hair salons, nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors and massage therapists. The order also requires long term care facilities to restrict visitation of all visitors and non-essential health care personnel, except for certain compassionate care situations, for example, an end-of-life situation.”






  • Grant

    Yes, it’s still America, that is why you have the choice to leave and sell your property if you are unhappy with the locals. Just please stop complaining.

    Thursday, Mar 26 @ 9:33 am
  • Joe American

    The only tool you guys have is to… CLOSE THE BRIDGE! What works for hurricanes isn’t going to work for the virus. Now you want to take away my right to freedom of speech.

    Thursday, Mar 26 @ 11:46 am
  • Block da Road

    I think the nrpos need to organize and propose dates for blocking the roads so “locals” can’t get out and supplies can’t get in. Let them eat fish.

    Thursday, Mar 26 @ 2:18 pm
  • Barb

    I am just a renter with plans to come to Corolla for 2 weeks in the early part of May…I understand there is a ban on the island…I am fighting with our realtor to relinquish my contract so I am not financially responsible for the home…I have one family that is quarantined and we have no TP where we live…cannot the home owners sing a different tune…I won’t be responsible as long as the ban stays in place But am not sure your surplus chain and medical system will be able to handle anything more…even if it is lifted in 2 weeks….any advice?

    Thursday, Mar 26 @ 2:46 pm
  • reopen_the_OBX

    Toughen up buttercups.

    This has shown everyone’s true colors – OBX residents lashing out at property owners and demanding their county be closed off while they travel to Norfolk and Raleigh uninhibited.

    The Control Board made this decision, they should be prepared to deal with the backlash. We still ended up with coronavirus here (and probably hundreds of OBX residents have or had it), intentionally torpedoed our local economy, screwed NRPOs, business owners, workers, vacation rental companies, and caused more damage and harm to our reputation as locals than any virus could have ever done.

    The only change needed is that we replace the members of the control board with candidates who value the input of Dare County taxpayers, business owners, and workers.

    If you make your bed, you best be prepared to lie in it.

    Thursday, Mar 26 @ 6:53 pm
  • Billy bob

    I hope they let property owners in soon or they can mow my grass and pay my taxes. answer contrarians question, I understand a temporary closure but if you don’t open it soon I’m sure a lawyer will be knocking on your door. Look forward to a decrease in non resident owns taxes since our property values are worthless right now. I guess I can sell it to a local that can’t get out of her driveway. Who do you think is paying for the new bridges???hmmm not locals, most of all locals income comes from visitors don’t bite the hand that feeds you…

    Thursday, Mar 26 @ 11:36 pm
  • Steve

    The ignorance is astounding!

    Friday, Mar 27 @ 7:01 am
  • Len

    Dont waste your time arguing with these goobers…Call the governor,senators and congressmen and U.S. attorneys. We need to file an Injunction against dare county which will lead to a federal class action lawsuit

    Friday, Mar 27 @ 8:23 am