Dare to showcase businesses with 70% vaccinations 

By on April 2, 2021

Safer Spot campaign will include stickers, gifts

(Dare County)

The Dare County Department of Health & Human Services has teamed up with Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce to recognize businesses, organizations and establishments who are supporting measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, by encouraging their employees to get vaccinated.

Any business, organization, or establishment which has at least 70% of their employees vaccinated will receive OBX Safer Spot recognition. OBX Safer Spots will receive an OBX Safer Spot window sticker and recognition on the Dare County OBX Safer Spot website (www.darenc.com/SaferSpot). Establishments that meet the 70% requirement, will also receive a gift bag with OBX Safer Spot give-a-ways, while supplies last.

“We know that vaccines are one of public health’s most essential tools in disease prevention,” commented Dr. Sheila Davies, Director of Dare County Department of Health & Human Services. “The COVID-19 vaccine is no exception and with enough individuals immunized, we will be able to get on the other side of this pandemic. Infectious disease experts estimate that in order to achieve herd immunity for COVID-19, roughly 50%- 80% of the population will need to be vaccinated. Based on this information, we fee that any establishment with at least 70% of employees vaccinated is infact a Safer Spot.”

Establishments that want to work towards Safer Spot recognition can register their organization at www.darenc.com/BeASaferSpot.  Employees or staff members who have been vaccinated can submit a vaccination confirmation form at www.darenc.com/VaccineVerify.

“We hope establishments will want to be a part of this campaign, as not only will it make patrons more comfortable, but it can also help employees feel safer,” commented Karen Brown, President and CEO of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce. “Healthy employees who feel safe and comfortable in their work environment will also work more productively.”

For more information on the OBX Safer Spot Campaign, visit www.darenc.comSaferSpot, call the COVID-19 Call Center at 252.475.5008 or email covid19@darenc.com


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at mterrell@barnhillcontracting.com or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).



  • Andy Szakos

    Good idea. Thanks for taking this initiative.

    Friday, Apr 2 @ 3:03 pm
  • Dethrol

    Wow, just wow…

    Friday, Apr 2 @ 3:31 pm
  • Pedro

    Disgraceful! Pressure businesses to pressure their staff into getting vaccinated when many people don’t want the vaccine. So, next step is to publicly recommend that visitors only frequent local businesses with this stamp of approval. Hey, but come on vacation whether you’re vaccinated or not.

    Friday, Apr 2 @ 3:49 pm
  • Deborah Smith

    Great! Since we only need 50% of the population vaccinated to achieve herd immunity, I’m free to remain in the other 50%! I feel so much better now. No need to be a guinea pig after all.

    Friday, Apr 2 @ 10:17 pm
  • Barb

    Soooooo incredibly stupid !!!!!!!!

    Saturday, Apr 3 @ 6:46 am
  • Restaurant Worker

    Yea jeeze this is so stupid to actually want to make people feel comfortable going to work and comfortable to frequent a business.

    Saturday, Apr 3 @ 9:33 am
  • Cathy

    There is nothing stupid or disgraceful about this. I think Joe Q Public will like knowing who and which establishments are taking this pandemic seriously, and who is taking any and all precautions necessary to rid the world of this health threat.

    Saturday, Apr 3 @ 10:24 am
  • surf123

    70% is meaningless if you have 30 employees at a restaurant and 9 of them have not been vaccinated and they all happen to be members of the wait staff. Maybe they could recommend the use of an armband to tell who has had the shot.

    Saturday, Apr 3 @ 11:17 am
  • Tri-Village

    How’s about tourists having bumper stickers that say they’ve been vaccinated. Not hard for businesses to have 70% of the employees vaccinated here. Most small businesses have lost a lot of employees because they can’t find anywhere to live. Oh well, whatever makes the tourists happy

    Saturday, Apr 3 @ 5:32 pm
  • John T

    This is crazy!No need to shame businesses for not pressuring their employees to get the vaccine.I’d be more concerned about the customers inside than I would the employees.

    Saturday, Apr 3 @ 5:36 pm
  • Mark

    Will signs or posters be put up requiring mask wearing or no service at these establishments? Or better yet visitors must be vaccinated to enter. The science says people can still get the virus even after being vaccinated.
    If an employer is requiring employees to be vaccinated but not customers, who are they really protecting?
    No shirt, no shoes, no vaccine, no service.

    Saturday, Apr 3 @ 10:50 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Mark, every business I go to does currently have a sign on the door requiring mask wearing inside.

    Sunday, Apr 4 @ 10:36 am
  • Dave B

    Nobody wants to get sick and nobody wants to be the reason why someone else gets sick.

    Nobody has a right to know if anyone has or has not received a vaccination. PERIOD. This is private medial information.

    People don’t need to know that someone who is at risk of serious side effects from a vaccine due to preexisting conditions has decided that the risks are too great to ignore. They don’t want the stigma of having to explain why they are not vaccinated, and why their business isn’t at the 70% vaccination level.

    People don’t need to know that a pregnant woman decided to get vaccinated because of other risk factors.

    People don’t need to explain why they feel more comfortable delaying their decision to get a vaccination that has not undergone extensive human trials.

    People don’t need to explain that they have a religious objection to vaccinations.

    For most, it’s just a jab, or a lack of a jab, and they are comfortable talking about it. For others, it is socially stressful, and it has a direct impact on their livelihood.

    We need to push for privacy for all medical decisions. There is no need for vaccination records to become a sort of social credit score.

    Contact your elected representatives, especially at the local level.

    Sunday, Apr 4 @ 9:00 pm
  • Mark

    @Mark Jurkowitz. Thank you Mark. You cement my point. How many businesses “enforce” the mask rule. How many businesses say, “No mask, no service? “
    I already know the answer, it’s rhetorical. No shoe signs are based on liability reasons, such as cut feet, and business owners being sued because of injuries to someone. So that’s why you see those posted signs.
    But when a deadly virus that has killed half a million people becomes less important than the employers bottom line to the point they don’t enforce a simple mask rule because people won’t come into the business if they do, then I again ask you who is being protected.
    Restaurant patrons only have to wear a mask upon entry. Server must keep it on always.
    If this tourism promotion, which is all it is, is such a good a safe idea, why not do it both ways. Ten employees being vaccinated in a business that serves 200 people in an inside environment, at close quarters, isn’t safe for the employees if no one else is being safe.
    It’s a double standard.
    Major League Baseball requires a vaccine card or negative test result to enter an outside venue. Masks required except when actively earning or drinking. Penalty for failing to comply is removal from the stadium. Opening day was last week. The stadiums were packed. Owners made money AND protected employees.
    Being safe is being marketed in 2021. Which means fear is being marketed.

    Monday, Apr 5 @ 8:44 am
  • Southern Dawn

    Before Sandflea claps back at me, I am not part of the I, ME, MY crowd. I have lost a family member to COVID while others in the household tested positive with no symptoms and another had to have heart surgery. I am one of the people @Dave B mentions above with medical conditions which prevent me from taking the vaccine. I have done everything the public health officials have asked me to do to slow the spread and I will continue to do so as long as it does not include putting chemicals in my body that my physicians have determined will put me at great risk of an adverse event. As a tourist I am not happy about this “Safer Spot” designation and it will not impact which businesses I will enter wherever I choose to vacation. If other tourists who travel by air, rent a car and drive through my state of Virginia want to feel “safe” then they should stay home.

    Monday, Apr 5 @ 10:30 am
  • Dethrol

    Saw a sticker in a store window for events from 1992. Figure this will be just about the same. How ‘bout everybody just take care of themselves and mind their own damn business.

    Monday, Apr 5 @ 12:57 pm
  • scales of balance

    Help me understand how this works vis a vis HIPPA compliances…I don’t understand how a business could even ask this of it’s employees.

    Tuesday, Apr 6 @ 12:05 pm
  • what the what?

    If I owned a restaurant and lost business because of this, I’d sue the health department.

    Tuesday, Apr 6 @ 4:47 pm
  • LongTimeNative

    “”Oh you need a job on the Outer Banks, great we’re hiring! Have you been vaccinated?? Oh, you haven’t? Sorry, we’re only hiring vaccinated people right now”……. said NO ONE EVER!!
    This was the dumbest idea, and has solidified my reasons for not joining the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce. They will never receive a dime from me nor will the Outer Banks Voice. I’m a 40+ year old native of the outer banks and in my 11th year as a local business owner & employer of ten (we are open year round). We’ve worked through the entire last stressful year of the pandemic, safely. This is the last straw. I am completely flabbergasted at the audacity of DHHS, the OB Chamber of Commerce & the Outer Banks Voice for even proposing this discriminatory plan. I appreciate Southern Dawn’s comment and agree… If you can travel for vacation then what exactly do you need a “safer spot” designation for?? Enough said!

    Tuesday, Apr 6 @ 10:03 pm