Do Your Part To Keep Everyone Safe.

The State of North Carolina requires individuals to wear a face covering in public places. There are some exceptions to the requirement including for those dining in a restaurant, for reasons related to medical or behavioral conditions and for children under the age of 11 according Governor Roy Cooper's issuance of Executive Order 155, extending Phase 2 of COVID-19 restrictions until 5 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2020. The Executive Order also prohibits the sale of alcohol past 11 p.m. nightly at restaurants statewide through September 11, 2020. The updated issuance covers all areas of Dare County including the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo and the unincorporated areas of Dare County, Hatteras Island and Dare mainland.

Before traveling to the Outer Banks, visitors are encouraged to contact their accommodations provider to confirm their reservation and arrival plans. Local businesses who have taken the Outer Banks Tourism Pledge are stepping up to protect others.
 
As visitors prepare for vacation, it is important to remember that the coronavirus is not over. There are still State restrictions in effect to protect everyone’s safety that may impact the way you have vacationed on the Outer Banks in the past, including: 
  • Social distancing guidelines are still in place.
  • Face coverings must be worn in indoor and outdoor public spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Gatherings are limited to 10 people or less inside (excluding guests sharing a vacation rental home) and 25 or less outside.
  • In-restaurant dining is allowed at 50% capacity. Many restaurants are also offering the option of take-out and delivery. A list of the Dare restaurants can be found at outerbanks.org/takeout.
  • 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 now open and operating at 50% capacity.
  • To limit the spread of the virus, attractions may be closed or have partial closures. Call ahead for new hours and regulations.
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 required 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, shoppers may see changes in product availability at grocery and retail outlets as supply chain demand fluctuates. If possible, visitors should bring essentials with them, including paper and sanitizing products and non-perishable groceries. 
 
The Outer Banks community is happy to once again be welcoming visitors. There are new policies and staff training that businesses have put into place to protect safety. But we're going to need your help. The coronavirus is going to be out there this summer, but with a sense of personal responsibility and a continuation of practices that have slowed the virus' spread (the 3 W's: Wash your hands more frequently, Wear a mask when social distancing isn't possible, and Wait farther back in line), we can enjoy the open spaces and natural beauty of the Outer Banks.
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