5 Things to Do BEFORE You Get to the Outer Banks

  1. Prepare your packing list with items that may be in high-demand or unavailable such as:
    1. nonperishable food items
    2. cleaning supplies
    3. paper goods
    4. personal hygiene products
  2. Review the updated safety precautions and guidelines. The state of North Carolina requires individuals to wear a face covering in public places. View Executive Order NO. 147. 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. Learn more about the guidance and limited exceptions here.
  3. Plan out the activities you'd like to do on your visit while maintaining social distancing and safety guidelines:
    1. Under phase two, most businesses can open. Certain businesses such as gyms, salons, bars, theatres, etc. will remain closed.
  4. Follow our social media channels for ongoing ideas and inspiration for your upcoming trip.
  5. Sign up for email alerts from Dare County Department of Health and Human Services to ensure you are up to date with the latest information regarding COVID-19.

5 Things to Do AFTER You Get to the Outer Banks

  1. Make new memories at your favorite destination – some of the details may have changed, but the beaches, natural wonder, and everything else that makes the OBX special has not. Be safe. Be smart. Have fun!
  2. Support local businesses by:
    1. Following the social media channels for small businesses in the community. 
    2. Commenting and sharing posts from small businesses.
    3. Shopping small. Shopping local online or over the telephone.
    4. Leaving 5-Star reviews for businesses that you LOVE. 
  3. Plan a fun family meal by ordering from local restaurants that are offering takeout.
  4. View the OBX Tourism Pledge to see what measures your favorite local businesses are taking – and what steps you can take to also contribute – to maintain visitor and local safety as top priority.
  5. Share your travel fun by using #OBXnow on your social media posts during your trip – your picture just may get featured on our social media pages!