Dare announces “Stay Home – Stay Healthy” policy

By on March 27, 2020

(Dare County)

The Dare County Control Group has issued a “Stay Home – Stay Healthy” declaration on March 27 that goes into effect at 5 p.m. on March 28. It involves new restrictions, but is not the same as a “Shelter in Place” declaration. Here is the relevant information from the county release.

The Dare County Control Group met Friday morning to receive a briefing from public health officials and discuss further restrictions necessary to ensure the public health and safety of our community. As part of their continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic, additional restrictions have been added to the State of Emergency Declaration that is currently in effect. The “Stay Home – Stay Healthy” declaration goes into effect on Saturday, March 28 at 5:00 p.m. and is being implemented to further minimize opportunities for exposure and transmission of COVID-19 in Dare County.

The declaration directs residents to “Stay Home – Stay Healthy” by limiting nonessential movements outside of their homes and limits gatherings to no more than 10 people. These measures will be regularly reviewed and will remain in effect until it is determined they are no longer necessary to protect the public health and safety of our community.

This is not a Shelter in Place declaration. Shelter in Place only permits emergency travel and emergency services. Dare County is not currently planning to enact a Shelter in Place order.

A “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” guide with frequently asked questions, summaries of what citizens can do and should not do, and information on distinctions between essential and nonessential businesses, can be found here.

The Dare County COVID-19 Call Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to help address your questions on “Stay Home, Stay Healthy”, travel restrictions, testing and symptoms, and can be reached at 252.475.5008.

For updated information regarding Dare County services and department operations, visit www.darenc.com/covidservices. A list of community resources is available for those impacted by COVID-19 at darenc.com/covidresources.



  • I Dare You

    Funny how the full timers get over 24 hours notice… the sub-standard outsiders got a few hours.

    Friday, Mar 27 @ 4:25 pm
  • Mark A

    I know I sound like a broken record, but I wish I was allowed onto the OBX so it could stay in my own home and stay healthy. It’s quite interesting that every day the control group has a different reason for keeping no n-residents off of the OBX. Apparently, their attorneys are cognizant that they don’t have a leg to stand on when the class action law suits are filed. I certainly hope the Commissioners have a plan for the dramatic loss of revenue when the courts allow us to pay only a portion of our property taxes. Let’s be smart, let all property owners into their homes and tell EVERYONE they need to stay home and stay healthy.

    Friday, Mar 27 @ 5:49 pm
  • B

    You pay property taxes on the land you own. When you build a structure on that land your taxes increase. Property taxes are not based on the amount of time you spend in that home.

    Saturday, Mar 28 @ 12:52 am
  • Jd

    Doubt it mark
    Doubt the profits that you rake in every summer go back into our community either do they Mark? Our little minuscule property tax is pennies on your dollar compared to the north side of mason dixon!

    I’d rather know that we at the obx will be back up and running with less damage due to keeping non residents out at this time

    Mark are you aware that our hospital only has around 20 beds for patients? And No icu or isolation care……. yet you want to come stay here from PA? Hunker down Mark, you may have it and not know it

    Saturday, Mar 28 @ 4:48 am
  • Gordon

    To Mark A,
    You are welcome to bring whatever lawsuit you want to against anyone you want to. Many lawsuits get struck down in this country and are never even reported in the media. Given the extraordinary set of circumstances facing the country right now, these lawsuits are probably non-starters and even if a court will hear them, it will be years before they are complete, in the meantime, enjoy paying your taxes. Your other choices are to sell your house, to which I say good riddance to bad rubbish, or refuse to pay your taxes. The county is always happy to assume ownership of prime real estate. Shame on you for trying to shame us.

    Saturday, Mar 28 @ 8:48 am
  • Mike

    We are residents and have just been told by DHHS that we cannot return home because our two daughters (who are with us) do not have NC drivers licenses. We have been self quarantined since March 12th and have not been within 6 feet of others since then.
    I see so much rhetoric about “locals” vs. non residents, and the draconian policies that have been implemented – but its clear that when public policies start breaking families apart that something has gone wrong. Dare County DHHS response to the issue? Dead air – nothing.

    Saturday, Mar 28 @ 9:44 am
  • Clint

    To Mark A and other NRPO boo hoo people,
    Long time OBX resident here, This is a worldwide epidemic now. It is not a pandemic. Most of you NRPO are from more in affected areas up North. Again not a northern or southern thing here, Just a healthcare matter of fact. Most of your areas have shelter in place orders. Virginia doesn’t want you passing through their state. South Carolina and Florida have ordered a mandatory 14 day quarantine for out of States folks. They are considering a ban. For the the life of me…I dont understand why you NRPOs want to travel from long distances possibly your family picking up the virus and leaving your primary residence open to theft, etc. Just so you can be oblivious to the situation and have your beach time at your 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc property. We have limited resources here and a very very small hospital. Most of you rent your homes for massive fees and pay your mortgage and pocket some in alot of cases. If you havent saved up to cover the mortgage, in the event of an emergency, on your extra home then that’s not our fault. I understand some of you are not wealthy and “saved up” to buy your beach house. This is a temporary situation so you need to look at the big picture. I think many of yall would not honor a 14 day quarantine at your beach house even if you were allowed here. Most of you would come unprepared for that length of time. Complete selfishness on your part. And your threats of class action lawsuits are rediculous. We applaud Dare County’s proactive decisions to put a temporary visitor and NRPO ban in effect in a timely manner. I might add cashiers in the area are reporting out of state folks in the stores more. Hopefully they’re not lying to get into the county. If so, they should be prosecuted or fined. By the way im not communist or advocating a totalitarian state. This is unprecedented and requires immediate action. Hold the line…do not let them in. ITS ONLY TEMPORARY!!

    Saturday, Mar 28 @ 11:29 am
  • Block da road

    You thought it was just NRPOS, but now they have come for you. You can’t even fish for your dinner. Is the County going to feed you? The NRPOS are laughing – we still have TP.

    Sunday, Mar 29 @ 5:30 am