NRPOs can enter Dare County next week

By on May 1, 2020

(Dare County)

As Dare County begins opening up for non-resident property owners on Monday, the county released this statement restating the re-entry guidelines and stressing the need to follow the Stay-at-Home Order.

We look forward to welcoming non-resident property owners beginning Monday, May 4. Dare County will open to non-resident property owners who have a valid entry permit with matching government issued ID according to the schedule below:

  • Monday, May 4 at 6:00 a.m. – Entry begins and is ongoing for non-resident property owners whose last name begins with A – I.
  • Wednesday, May 6 at 6:00 a.m. – Entry begins and is ongoing for non-resident property owners whose last name begins with J – R.
  • Friday, May 8 at 6:00 a.m. – Entry begins and is ongoing for non-resident property owners whose last name begins with S – Z.

Entry permits can be obtained at Following the instructions provided, non-resident property owners can receive permits by applying online. Permits will be issued to the two “Primary Owners” listed on the tax record for each property. Those who are entering should have permits and proper identification ready before approaching the entry checkpoint. A list of frequently asked questions about entry to Dare County is available on the COVID-19 FAQs page.

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

As the number of shoppers increases, people may experience a greater wait time to enter at grocery stores due to restrictions on the number of customers allowed entry. Shoppers should also expect to see changes in product availability as supply chain demand fluctuates across the nation. Please only purchase what you need. Local grocers are also asking people to please respect the special hours set aside for at risk populations and to minimize the number of people shopping together to minimize wait times  Information on stores that have reserved shopping hours or online ordering/curbside pickup can be found here.

As the gradual lifting of restrictions gets underway, it is important to continue to follow the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order:

  • Travel only for essential needs
  • Practice social distancing by maintaining at least a 6-foot distance between you and others
  • Avoid direct contact with those other than your immediate family members
  • Avoid gathering in groups larger than 10 people

In addition, individuals are now required to wear a mask or cloth face covering in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores or pharmacies. Visit for more information.

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  • Tom

    Did I miss the apology?
    This is seriously the best Dare County Government can offer?

    Friday, May 1 @ 7:17 pm
  • Please stay home

    I really hope the nrpos listen to dare County officials and stay in their homes as much as possible while here, especially when they first arrive. Locals should do the same, the few times I’ve actually left my house I’ve noticed packed parking lots like everything is business as usual. Is this why so many are against reopening dare? Because you might actually have to stay at home?

    Saturday, May 2 @ 1:00 am
  • Disgruntled

    When and where can I get toilet paper and hand sanitizer before they get here?

    Saturday, May 2 @ 3:04 am
  • Blackbeard

    The NRPOs will most definitely NOT follow guidelines and 99% will NOT come prepared. They will just come here and complain even more how they were not allowed on the OBX, how their tax money pays for everything…when their renters actually use more resources in 5 months than most year round residents. Spoiled rotten most of them. This is a big mistake. Most are coming from heavily infected areas North of here. They have no reason right now to come and “look” at their property as they put it. We definitely now need to keep the tourists vacationers off the island through the Summer and into the Fall. We cant handle a massive influx of tourists anytime soon. I’m sure alot of NRPOs are going to scream how the county should pay them for lost rent. Life is worth more than your rental income that pays your mortgage since most of you overextended yourselves buying a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc vacation home. Most of you…not all. Dare county’s proactive decision to shut down access early to vacationers and NRPOs helped keep numbers of infected low. We applaud the decision to close the beach to outlanders I’m afraid that’s all going to change with the ease of restrictions. Keep the beach closed for the time being. Keep the numbers of infected low imo. Itll be a complete disaster if the tourists are allowed on soon. Talk about being unprepared.

    Saturday, May 2 @ 5:29 am
  • Steve

    Enjoy this last weekend!
    Will be time to shelter at home once this place opens for virus spreading this week.

    Saturday, May 2 @ 6:43 am
  • Trashcan Man

    As I read through the “FAQ” link an alarming admission was made under the question ” is there a plan in place if there is a rise in infections?”
    The answer includes a veiled admission that there is a dearth of PPE. They tried; they can’t get it.
    Dare County Health and Human Services would like you to find comfort in that they have tested .96% of the population [NC state average is about 1.02%] but when the 126 tests done at the local nursing facility is removed the rate is .55%. So, there is no baseline of significance to compare as NRPO’s enter the county. Their data is flawed and misleading.
    It was also alluded to more tracing training was underway. Not until Tuesday will DCHHS release tests for non-residents performed here and that is being done only after a Freedom of Information lawsuit was initiated.
    As for “essential items” being available in grocery stores, only if you wait in line in the parking lot at 6:00am for a chance to get chicken, beef, pork, eggs, bread. Forget about paper products.
    If a worse case scenario of a community spread occurs, we are all in for a long lasting disaster as opposed to the current significant inconveniences.
    BTW, VA just had their largest one day increase in cases….1,000.

    Saturday, May 2 @ 8:57 am
  • Data driven

    For the record, Dare County has not kept the case load low, believe me you are in for a surprise and you are not prepared. The Control Group cannot justify the treading on constitutional rights considering the infection and death. Other coastal counties handled this situation with reasonableness and better health outcomes for their citizens and economy. The data will not be in your favor in the courts. When the cure is worse than the disease, you are living in fear and paranoia. Election 2020!

    Saturday, May 2 @ 12:58 pm
  • Trashcan man

    Here’s a question….since NRPO’s can bring their immediate family members, do us permanent
    full time residents have the same permission? Can my children, grandchildren, come visit? Not that I would encourage them to do that because I fear that the island will soon be a very dangerous place to be.
    It would be the very height of hypocrisy and inconsistency to deny permanent residents’ immediate family access given the NRPO’s family access.

    Saturday, May 2 @ 1:04 pm
  • ww

    Now you have a pharmacy shut down because one of its people tested positive. Food supplies and paper products are hit or miss. Now let in all the out of state owners and lets see how our officials deal with that. It can only get better – Right.

    Saturday, May 2 @ 6:05 pm
  • Observer

    Stop being sheep. Everyone will be okay. Stop feeding into the mass hysteria and media drama. Stop the hatred and devisiness. It appears most on here would not have allowed more people on their lifeboat on the Titanic lol. Non-resident property owners have the right to go to their properties and Dare County over stepped their bounds. NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO PREVENT YOU FROM YOUR HOME. When a hurricane comes to OBX and the residents need to evacuate, would it be okay for those areas outside of there to refuse them entry because ‘”they are not from there”??? Do not let the government tyranny put fear in you…

    Saturday, May 2 @ 7:44 pm
  • CheetahOBX

    The British are coming! The British are coming!!!

    Saturday, May 2 @ 8:17 pm
  • hightider

    Will await with interest the headlines here in July. I don’t need the government to instruct me on how to best stay safe during the pandemic – I am fortunate enough to have telecommuted to a job out of state since 2010 and will remain (hopefully) safe and house-bound on the mainland across the sound, by choice. If I am going to risk my life, if will be for something important, not to exercise my constitutional right take a vacation.

    Saturday, May 2 @ 8:55 pm
  • Thomas

    So the #localasitgets are hoarding toilet paper, meat, eggs, and hand sanitizer BEFORE the NRPOs are even in Dare County? Huh?

    Are Dare County residents so slow that they don’t realize toilet paper, hand sanitizer, alcohol, bleach, etc. are difficult to find all over the USA? Look beyond your sandbox and you might gain understanding. COVID-19 is here until there is a vaccine or until the majority of humans contract it. Microbiology and infectious disease science says there will be more and more cases. You can’t keep it out of your sandbox. It’s already there.

    Saturday, May 2 @ 11:46 pm
  • Abc

    Seniors here in high school here can’t even graduate with their fellow classmates. Why in the world should anyone be allowed in before that?

    Saturday, May 2 @ 11:55 pm
  • surf123

    The NRPO’s do not realize they are second class citizens to everyone: government, residents and rental agencies. Were they crossing the ocean they would be in steerage. They are a “means to an end” and that is it. In the resort area equation all that matters to anyone living here are the tourists who bring the money. Many renters I have spoken to think the realty/rental companies own the homes they stay in, so not even the end customer cares. The local governments care the least as if they had their way we would be surrounded by condos and hotels, eliminating the need for rental homes and NRPO’s. Should the number of infections rise significantly their ranking will only decrease and they might cost themselves and the supporting workers an entire summer.

    Sunday, May 3 @ 8:59 am
  • Wewillbringdisaster

    I am a visitor with rental plans VERY soon in OBX. As much as I hate to admit it, bringing us (visitors) on your island too soon can only spell DISASTER. No matter what rules or guidelines the OBX powers that be put in place, we can’t help ourselves but come overrun the place and maybe bring viruses that we don’t even know we have. I saw the crowds at Myrtle and other beaches that opened and there was no social distancing going on! Honestly, I’m afraid to come with my family of 15. We will “forget” to bring many supplies and will be wandering around looking for whatever we want or need. We, like many other vacationers, often feel entitled, because this is OUR vacation that we spent OUR money on. That’s why many people don’t follow the rules. I personally feel perfectly safe staying home, but I’ve already paid my money for my OBX vacation, so we’ll be coming anyway, if you open up. Just to let you know, if you stay closed for a while longer, we will whine, but RESPECT the fact that you are trying to keep your beautiful community safe.

    Sunday, May 3 @ 9:12 am
  • Elaine

    I am not a property owner but I adore the Outer Banks, Almost without exception I am shocked at the vile and hateful attitude of the people who have posted here. I don’t know if I would ever recommend anyone go to a place where you are hated this much. We all want to keep our community safe, but this is not the way to do it. Permanent residents of the Outer Banks have been allowed to leave and return and have brought the virus back with them and that is a fact.

    Sunday, May 3 @ 9:47 am
  • Ghost Crab
    Try to be nice to each other please. And don’t fill my burrow up!

    Sunday, May 3 @ 12:09 pm
  • Arlene Brandt

    Do you locals not realize that us NRPO are coming from states that have rules and regulations also. We can’t go anywhere without masks and sanitizers and gloves. No restaurants are open and we only go out for necessities. Why would we not do the same thing at our second home.
    Hopefully the vile, negativity is from a few not the majority. We are not coming to infect you but worry since you’ve been allowed to leave and come back at will, that maybe you could possibly infect us. We will take that chance and assume that everyone both locals and NRPO’s will continue to practice social distancing, crowd control and mostly kindness and compassion to each other.

    Sunday, May 3 @ 12:22 pm
  • Jan derr

    In the words of Oscar Wilde: “moderation in all things, including moderation.” It seems to me there is never a right or wrong answer in anything political, but when we allow extremes to prevail; someone’s feelings will be hurt. When we initially shut down the county we allowed NRPO’s and some immediately took advantage of us by passing their permits to their renters. So we took the next logical course and cut them off, and they in turn sued. Yes they pay property tax, and yes they provide substantial income for residents, but we residents also have to tolerate a 10 fold population increase during season. An increase, mind you, that we can’t sustain medically nor with our already depleted grocery stores.
    So here we go, back into moderation. Back to giving them another chance. I hope we can be welcoming, and that they respect our generosity.

    Sunday, May 3 @ 1:20 pm