Dare County and towns now require masks in their buildings

By on August 12, 2021

(Dare County)

(Dare County)

Dare County Emergency Management announced on Aug. 12 that the county itself, as well as all of its municipalities, “now require the use of face coverings while indoors at all county and town buildings.”

This follows an Aug. 11 meeting of the “senior leaders” group of local officials — which includes all town mayors, Dare County Commissioner Chairman Bob Woodward, Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie and National Parks Superintendent Dave Hallac — a contingent formerly known as the Dare County Control Group.

The Aug. 12 release indicates that the latest meeting of this group discussion “focused on the county’s high level of community transmission, the elevated metrics and the impact this is having on the local community.”

Here are excerpts from the release.

While county-specific data is not available regarding the Delta variant, initial findings indicate that 95% of regional cases that have been sampled contain the Delta variant. It is estimated that for every person infected with the Delta variant, it may spread to six other individuals. There is concern that the number of positive cases in our community will continue to increase.

With the week of August 2-8, 2021, having the third-highest number of new cases since the COVID-19 pandemic began, some businesses have closed temporarily in order for their staff members to be tested and to follow recommendations for cleaning and sanitizing to ensure safety. In addition, some clusters of the virus have been reported following gatherings of various sizes.

Again, Dare County has been identified by the CDC as an area of high community transmission. While most of the towns had already established policies that required face coverings to be worn inside their facilities, effective immediately, the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Nags Head, Manteo and Dare County now require the use of face coverings while indoors at all county and town buildings. (Earlier in the day, Kill Devil Hills became the latest town to announce a mask mandate, effective Aug. 16, as well as efforts to restrict walk-in traffic to town buildings).

Additionally, visitors to Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and the Wright Brothers National Memorial are required to wear a face covering inside all park buildings.

Everyone is also strongly encouraged to get vaccinated and return to practicing the 3Ws (Wear a Mask, Wait Six Feet Apart and Wash Your Hands Often). The 3Ws are proven methods to protect all of us and prevent the spread of this deadly virus.

Detailed information regarding COVID-19 in Dare County, including how to get vaccinated, can be found at www.DareNC.com/COVID19. If you have specific needs or questions, you may call the Dare County COVID-19 call center at 252-475-5008 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.





  • 60s Suzanne

    Hey, school board – are you listening?
    If a kid gets sick at one of our “no mask mandate” schools it will be on you because you overrode medical advice.
    Parents will point out other government places that knew enough to mask up so why didn’t the school?
    Your political choice will come back at you. Your choice is a guaranteed way to have to go back to distance learning.
    Parents will not like that either.
    So you really should have pulled up your big boy pants and met with the 62% of parents who did not want a mask mandate and explained to them why it was medically impossible not to have one.

    Thursday, Aug 12 @ 5:26 pm
  • Bebe Reposo

    But not in our schools??????
    Is it true that Dare County is removing Science from the curriculum?

    Thursday, Aug 12 @ 6:14 pm
  • obxcharles

    I for one am tired of being deceived by these politicians. They run as republicans and then vote as democrats. They still our votes. Its time to watch what they do not listen to what they say. Formerly known as
    The Dare County Control Group. We the people dont want a Control Group. We want representatives.

    Thursday, Aug 12 @ 6:40 pm
  • Thinking About The Future

    And yet, the Dare County School Board has decided to let individuals make decisions???

    Just think it small pox and polio, for example, were left up to individuals?

    Thursday, Aug 12 @ 6:44 pm
  • Js

    3ws is proven to protect us and stop the spread. You know your pets can carry the virus. Probably should mask them up as well.

    Thursday, Aug 12 @ 7:57 pm
  • Dave

    Stupid is as Stupid does!

    Friday, Aug 13 @ 6:45 am
  • Sandflea

    Hey Anti-Maskers/Vaxxers;
    If you don’t trust the doctors and science for vaccine advice, please don’t go to the hospital when you get sick from COVID to seek their advice/help to get you well. Those beds are needed for future potential stroke, heart attack,etc, patients.

    Friday, Aug 13 @ 7:19 am
  • C A

    Not only is the Covid virus real, and can be deadly, it has also become a heavily politicized weapon.

    If you’re unfortunate, and somehow get the virus, and it’s full blown symptoms and effects, I’m quite certain party affiliation won’t be at the forefront of your mind.

    Further polarization of the community at large does nobody any good. Winning the argument and then getting violently ill is also not a good thing.

    I’m hopeful we all can move beyond the arguing, and give of ourselves to help each other. If this means wearing a mask for awhile, why not wear one. Your neighbor may really appreciate that.

    Consideration for each other is the ultimate vaccine, it’s free and has no party affiliation. Just think about this for a bit, it’s the Outer Banks. It’s a big reason why I’m here today.

    God bless each of you,

    Friday, Aug 13 @ 11:11 am
  • Phoebegirl

    What puzzles me the most is Dare County “Officials” are now requiring masks to keep themselves and employees safe, which is a good thing!!! But are still unwilling to mandate the masking rules for local businesses. Why? At a minimum, masks should be mandatory in grocery stores and inside public places. I would also applaud limiting the number of occupants allowed at any one time. Folks, we did this successfully before. Just like the virus, these “crowds” of visitors aren’t going away anytime soon. We ALL need to act responsibly!!!

    Friday, Aug 13 @ 11:26 am
  • Ghost Crab

    I am skeptical about many things. For instance things reported by our various media sources and touted by politicians and business representatives. But when I know someone who has died and and no longer has a voice about this subject I decided to speak for him. What is wrong with you folks? If you are right so what? If you are wrong and you are the cause of someone else getting sick and ending up dead does your political position justify the end of someone else’s life? Please wear a mask. Have a blessed day.

    Friday, Aug 13 @ 4:06 pm
  • Disgruntled

    Hey Sandflea, if you trust the science get your vaccine and have a nice day. Perhaps personal lifestyle behavior would have prevented the heart attack or stroke? It’s not your choice.

    Sunday, Aug 15 @ 2:54 pm
  • Eugene

    Help me out. Aren’t school buildings county facilities?

    Tuesday, Aug 17 @ 9:30 am