Dare, Currituck, Hyde counties open to visitors May 16

By on May 6, 2020

(Currituck and Dare County)

Currituck County, Dare County, and Hyde County will lift restrictions on entry for visitors beginning Saturday, May 16, at 12:01 a.m. This decision follows the announcement by Governor Roy Cooper on May 5 to issue Executive Order 138 which will modify North Carolina’s Stay at Home order and transition to Phase 1 of slowly easing certain COVID-19 restrictions.

Entry for visitors on Saturday, May 16 at 12:01 a.m. includes the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Manteo; Hatteras Island; Roanoke Island; the Dare mainland; the Currituck County Outer Banks; campgrounds on the Currituck County mainland; and Ocracoke Island.

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 expiration of the Governor’s original Stay at Home order.

Before traveling to the Outer Banks, visitors are encouraged to contact their accommodations provider to confirm their reservation and arrival plans.

As visitors prepare for vacation, it is important to remember that the coronavirus is not over. There are still State and local restrictions in effect to protect everyone’s safety that may impact the way you have vacationed on the Outer Banks in the past.  For example:


  • Social distancing guidelines are still in place.
  • Public gatherings are limited to 10 people or less.
  • Getting food from restaurants continues to be on a take-out or delivery basis.
  • Businesses, including grocery stores, have limits on the number of people allowed in the store at any given time based on square footage.
  • Personal care and grooming businesses and entertainment businesses without retail or dining are not open yet based on State regulations which are not determined or controlled by our local government.


Also, remember that the CDC recommends not to travel if you are sick or were recently exposed (within 14 days) to COVID-19. Additionally, individuals are encouraged to wear a mask or cloth face covering in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Like many places in the United States, visitors should expect to see changes in product availability as supply chain demand fluctuates across the nation. If possible, bring   essentials with you, including paper products and non-perishable groceries.

Updated information regarding entry to the Currituck Outer Banks, along with COVID-19 information and Resources for Citizens and Businesses, can be found on the Currituck County website at https://co.currituck.nc.us/.

Updated information about Hyde County Mainland entry is available at http://www.hydecountync.gov/mainland_covid-19_entry/index.php.  Updated information on Ocracoke entry can be found at  http://www.hydecountync.gov/ocracoke-covid/index.php.

Updated information about Dare County entry is available on the Dare County website at www.darenc.com/entry.

For FAQ’s regarding the Governor’s Executive Order No. 138 that moves North Carolina into “Phase 1” of easing certain COVID-19 restrictions to help revive the economy while protecting public health, visit  https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/FAQs-for-Phase-1-EO-FINAL.pdf



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  • sandflea

    Yayyyy!! All the spoiled “rich kids” pounded their fists and cried loud and long enough to get their wayyyy! Their problem is, is that the virus doesn’t give into self entitled people and will be more than happy to infect them. This virus is no joke. You literally drown on your own lung fluids; and if you do survive, you may have to use an oxygen machine the rest of your life because lungs made of scar tissue don’t function very well. In addition, it attacks the heart, brain, kidney’s, intestines and pretty much everything inside of you. Dialysis isn’t a fun way to live either. I hope you don’t get it, but if you do; I hope those precious few $$$$$ was worth it! Enjoy!!

    Thursday, May 7 @ 8:25 am

    My My. What a bunch of spoiled isolationists. See you soon. As a soon-to-arrive visitor, my only disappointment is to see that “face coverings/masks” are not REQUIRED in public settings . . other than the beach. “”RECOMMENDED” is a really bad decision when it comes to stores and crowded shopping areas. The Golden Rules for fighting COVID-19 remains 1) Face Coverings, 2) Social Distancing, and 3) Washing Hands. I and many other visitors will avoid shops and food markets that do not have some type(s) of virus-prevention measures in place.

    Thursday, May 7 @ 8:46 am
  • Mike Deeds

    This is all insanity. Just think. We all hibernate for 2,3 even 4 more months and wake up to no virus. Then, everything around you is gone. No job, no house, no school, no car, NO LIFE…..is this what we want? Do we sacrifice our own life for the guess that we might get it? Look at facts. Yes, its very highly transmittable. . 99% recovery rate. I had H1N1. Not a death sentence. If we keep sanitizing everything, immunity goes down, viruses mutate to survive and we do this all over again. The flu shot can be had, but you can still get the flu. Will our vaccine for this fix the problem? No. It wont. It may help, but you can still get it. IT IS NOT A CURE. That has been proven. What if you can’t get the vaccine, do you have to stay home? Do I stay home due to the risk of getting in a car crash? The risks are higher. Of course not. You need to live with this thing, not run from it. This is borderline insanity at this point. Stores have been put on notice to send 5 trucks instead of 2, there will be food. There will be PPE. I would rather die enjoying my life, than being scared of a possibility of getting sick and the fear of the unknown. The old saying, “I don’t want to be 40 and look back at my life and see that I have done nothing with it” rings true here. You don’t know when your time is up. Let people enjoy their time before it expires.

    Thursday, May 7 @ 8:50 am
  • CheetabOBX

    Hay…..transplant Steve….NO ONE is making you live here….
    Here’s a suggestion for you: why don’t you buy yourself a cute little island….and THEN you can stop beeoching about everything.

    Thursday, May 7 @ 9:05 am
  • kdh back seat observer

    Enter Sandman

    Thursday, May 7 @ 9:27 am
  • Proud to live here

    I am sad to see so much hostility toward others during a time that is stressful for ALL of us. We all know by now how to stay healthy – wash hands, keep 6 feet away, wear face coverings if unable to keep 6 feet away. I will welcome seeing families return to enjoy the beach and this beautiful place, just as they do every year. There are true practical issues with cleaning and turnover in hotels and rental houses that the property management companies will need to address – visitor volume will depend on how well that process goes. For us year-round residents, we are fortunate to have so much natural beauty around us as we stay safe at home.

    Thursday, May 7 @ 11:03 am
  • Part Time OBX'er

    Can’t have it both ways ‘natives’! Either you survive fiscally and do everything in your power to protect yourselves from this virus, or you keep everything closed and you lose every mom and pop store or business as they will have to close permanently or file bankruptcy – every National chain will pull out too and go bankrupt.

    You will also lose all the rental homes that will all go into foreclosure. You will then lose all those ‘extras’ that you have been living off of by way of visitor taxes and business income taxes – all gone. Municipalities will lose police departments (not staff, departments), you will lose Fire and EMTs, you will lose municipality personnel, you will also lose county jobs and departments.

    Stop being so short sighted and promoting such fear mongering! Protect yourself. Where your masks. If your sick or so filled with fear – STAY HOME. You don’t have to leave your own home just because the visitors are hear! The vacations are traveling with a certain fear too, not just you. Selfishness is what got us here – lets all work TOGETHER to fix what we can, protect what we can, but still live life the best we can. Living in fear, and promoting fear is no way to live.

    Thursday, May 7 @ 1:02 pm
  • wombatnc

    @Mike Deeds,
    This is all about you, isn’t it. Me, myself & I – Go for it big Mike!
    The reason we’ve made these sacrifices isn’t because of you, it’s because of the vulnerable, the elderly and our health care workers.
    I’m guessing by the recent actions of the county commissioners, those sacrifices weren’t worth the cost of our local millionaires losing some money.
    Visitors – we don’t hate you, we just don’t want you here now. Give it awhile; we don’t have the resources (hospital beds, no ICU, etc.) to deal with the huge spike in numbers which will travel with y’all. You may not even know you’re carrying the virus, most don’t. We can look at the ski areas in Colorado, Utah and Idaho that stayed open in March and continued to allow to tourists to come to their communities knowing COVID-19 could travel – they had/have some of the highest concentrations in the nation!
    We can only hope and pray that these visitors will be smart and considerate as promised above; keep your distance, wear your mask, wash those hands, bring your own groceries and enjoy the beach!

    Thursday, May 7 @ 1:28 pm
  • KHer

    Mike Deeds, Great post. It seems like most people are buying the party line. Everyone’s scared of their shadow. Many think that a vaccine is the answer, it is not. Herd immunity is, and that means people have to be out and about.

    Friday, May 8 @ 9:16 am
  • sandbar

    The decision to open to visitors next weekend was a careless, somewhat selfish, and wreckless one. My family and I have a reservation next week, I decided weeks ago I am not going, one reason because I am from a so called ‘hot spot’. But since it is my decision not to go I will lose a good amount of money, which under the circumstances is wrong! But let me just leave you some facts. Opinions can be argued, facts can’t. In New York state, as of right now, there are 21,000 deaths. (thousand!) NYC is STILL experiencing about 200 deaths daily. New Jersey is at 8900 deaths, Pa. is at 3600 deaths, and Connecticut is at 2900. The area I am in in Pa. is considered a hot spot because of close proximity to NYC and Philadelphia. Guess what is coming your way in about a week?? The decision to open needs to be carefully reconsidered, letting people in from anywhere. You can’t know what it is like here unless you are here to see it. Good luck, OBX!! You should be glad I am not coming.

    Saturday, May 9 @ 8:21 am
  • sandflea

    KHer: What kind of medical or health care or public health background do you have? MD? PhD? MPH? You project to know a lot about this. Please enlighten us to what we do not know from the medical experts. Legitimate question: Do you even know what “herd immunity” is or how it’s acquired or what the percentage of the population needs to be at to achieve Herd Immunity?

    Saturday, May 9 @ 12:08 pm
  • Melshell

    We need visitors here to pay our paycheck. Please please make sure everyone wears a mask. I beg you.

    Saturday, May 9 @ 5:13 pm
  • Melshell

    To sandbar, I’m sorry about the money you are loosing. This whole event is unfair to every life on planet. I’m happy to hear not everyone hates the obx response to this. There’s a lot of people here who rely on the dollars tourist bring in.

    Saturday, May 9 @ 5:19 pm
  • Mike Deeds

    @wombatnc. I am not not making this about myself, however, it appears that you are. This is a perspective from the country as a whole. No one wants to infect you. No one wants to make people suffer. We just want to live our lives. They are too short and precious and we all want to live them to the fullest. It is a shame that visitors and NRPO’s get threatened by locals, when all we want is a little slice of your paradise before we expire, and no one knows when your time is up. Unfortunately, next year, I won’t be coming back after the lack of any true hospitality, as we had seen in years past. No one wants to live with their head in the sand. if you do however, please feel free to do so and stay home, and be safe, while other CHOOSE to enjoy what they have , while they have it.

    Monday, May 11 @ 9:53 am