On May 5, Governor Roy Cooper announced that he is modifying the Stay Home Order to transition into Phase 1 of slowly easing certain COVID-19 restrictions. Phase 1 begins at 5:00P on Friday, May 8, 2020 through 5:00P on Friday, May 22, 2020. While residents are encouraged to stay home and wear masks in public, certain businesses are now allowed to open to 50% capacity which means there is no longer a distinction between essential and non-essential businesses.
Today (Wednesday, May 6), in response to Executive Order No 138, Dare County Chairman Bob Woodard announced that Dare, Currituck, & Hyde Counties will be lifting restrictions on entry for visitors beginning 12:01A on Saturday, May 16, 2020. This includes the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Manteo; Hatteras Island; Roanoke Island; the Dare mainland; the Currituck County Outer Banks; campgrounds on the Currituck County mainland; and Ocracoke Island. Woodard explained that this will allow local businesses 7 days to prepare for the arrival of visitors.
Please note that restaurants are still limited to takeout/delivery. Salons, personal care businesses, and entertainment businesses without retail remain closed. Gatherings are still limited to 10 people or less, and you should continue practicing social distancing and proper handwashing.
Read the article in the Outer Banks Voice