COVID-19, the coronavirus, and important updates for our extended Ocracoke family.

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19, the coronavirus, and important updates for our extended Ocracoke family.

It’s a little strange out there. Confusing. That’s why your friends on Ocracoke Island would like to help as much as possible. In light of the coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, we would also like to update you on the latest happenings here on the island to help you plan accordingly, and stay as safe as possible.

Current restrictions and cancellations:

  • New visitors are restricted from Ocracoke Island effective March 19, 2020, at 5:00 a.m. (For the latest reentry guidelines, please click here.)
  • Non-resident property owners who are actively working on critical repairs to their home or business, and contractors working on Ocracoke properties, are granted conditional access to the island. However, both groups must fill out an application for a temporary permit here. That same page will also provide useful updates throughout the current COVID-19 crisis.
  • The Portsmouth Island Homecoming is cancelled (April 25, 2020)
  • The Ocracoke 5k/10k and Half Marathon is cancelled (April 25–26, 2020). Runfest Weekend will take place on November 14–15, 2020.
  • The Ocracoke Waterfowl Festival is cancelled (May 2, 2020)
  • The British Cemetery Ceremony is cancelled (May 8, 2020)

Our community leaders are watching the news closely (just like you, we imagine!) and preparing themselves to take additional steps for safety and precaution as warranted.

Where to turn for additional information.

If you’ve been to Ocracoke, you already know you’re part of an extended family––one that watches out for one another. For regularly updated information on COVID-19 in Hyde County, please visit the Public Health page at the Hyde County Health Department website or follow their social media outlets. You can also find reliable information on COVID-19 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website.

Curious about something specific we haven’t mentioned?

Inquiries should be directed to:
Ocracoke Civic & Business Association, Inc.
PO Box 456
Ocracoke, NC 27960

Please check back with us, as we plan to keep this page updated with the latest news on cancellations and closures. We look forward to welcoming our visitors back as soon as it’s safe to do so. In the meantime, it’s the time for safety, social distancing, and yes, lots and lots of hand washing.

Let’s all try to look out for one another out there.

Your friends on Ocracoke Island