After about 2 months, Outer Banks lifts restrictions for visitors

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DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — The Outer Banks has lifted visitor restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Visitor restrictions in Currituck, Dare, and Hyde counties were lifted Saturday at 12:01 a.m. The following areas will allow visitors at this time:

  • Duck
  • Southern Shores
  • Kitty Hawk
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • Nags Head
  • Manteo
  • Hatteras Island
  • Roanoke Island
  • Dare mainland
  • Currituck County Outer Banks
  • Currituck County campgrounds
  • Ocracoke Island

These areas were closed to visitors and non-resident property owners in March to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Public gatherings are still limited to 10 or fewer people, and social distancing guidelines are still in place. The new executive order expires on May 22. A modified stay-at-home order will remain in place until that time.

“As visitors prepare for vacation, it is important to remember that the coronavirus is not over,” the release states. “There are still state and local restrictions in effect to protect everyone’s safety that may impact the way you have vacationed on the Outer Banks in the past.”

People who plan to visit the Outer Banks on May 16 or later in the season should contact their accommodations provider ahead of traveling.

People should not travel if they are sick or if they have been potentially exposed to COVID-19 in the last two weeks.

Updated information regarding entry, along with COVID-19 information and resources for citizens and businesses, can be found below:


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