Dare County suspends indoor recreation activities

By on January 7, 2021

(Dare County)

In the wake of a directive issued on Jan. 6 by North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, Dare County has just announced that all indoor recreation activities scheduled at counties facilities are suspended until further notice beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7.

The following buildings will be closed to the public:

  • Dare County Youth Center
  • Baum Center
  • Lions Club Center
  • Dare County Center
  • Fessenden Center

The closures come following a directive issued by state health officials indicating that individuals in North Carolina should only leave home for essential activities such as going to school or work, getting food, seeking medical care or caring for family members.

For more information about the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Secretarial Directive, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.

Please note that COVID-19 vaccination clinics sponsored by the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services are not subject to this guidance due to the critical need to supply vaccinations. 

If your child was registered to participate in an upcoming recreation program, Dare County Parks and Recreation will be issuing a refund.

North Carolina’s statewide mask requirement and modified stay-at-home order are still in effect. The order requires people to stay at home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Businesses including restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, personal care businesses, most retail stores and more, have capacity limits and are required to close by 10 p.m. In addition, all onsite alcohol consumption sales must end by 9 p.m.

Dare County continues to provide most of its regular services to residents and visitors; however, individuals are advised to contact an office before visiting.

For a complete list of Dare County departments and their contact information, visit www.darenc.com.








  • Joan Mcminn

    Wth, you people allow for bars to stay open but not fitness centers where only 8 r allowed per hour and we wear masks. I take this personally and resent this democratic bullshit

    Friday, Jan 8 @ 8:41 am
  • anotherobxman

    Joan, it is not that the fitness centers should be open since the bars are open but that the bars should be closed along with the fitness centers. Feel free to go OUTSIDE and excercise….in groups of one.

    Friday, Jan 8 @ 2:18 pm
  • Dethrol

    It’s not about masks, social distancing, and certainly not the impact of the reaction to the virus on our children and us. It’s all about controlling every aspect of our lives “for the common good”. Keep changing the rules, moving the goalposts, anything to distract citizens as this goes longer, and longer, and longer. There is a point of no return, they just want to get us past it before anyone notices.

    Friday, Jan 8 @ 4:49 pm