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COVID-19 Update

Welcome Back!

Our sand dunes have grown taller. There are more seashells to collect.  During your stay, however, we’ll be asking you and your family to abide by some simple, but very important, rules and safety guidelines.

Keeping you and your family safe while you’re here.

While it’s wonderful that the island is open to visitors, we’re not out of the woods this pandemic has created quite yet. That’s why we’ve worked hard to put some reasonable, commonsense suggestions in place so you and your family can safely vacation and come back to us year after year:

  • Social distancing guidelines are still in place. Please observe six feet of space around you at all times.
  • The wearing of masks and gloves, as well as frequent hand-washing, are all encouraged but not mandatory.
  • Gatherings of any sort are limited to 25 people or less.
  • Restaurants are offering in person dining as well as takeout or delivery.
  • Other businesses, including grocery stores, have limits on the number of people allowed in the store at any given time based on square footage. Those limits will be posted on the storefront, and may be mentioned on proprietors’ websites or their social media. Be sure to check or call ahead to confirm if you’re concerned.
  • Personal care and grooming businesses, as well as entertainment businesses without retail or dining, remain closed in accordance with Phase 2 of the NC Sate regulations.

Current restrictions and cancellations:

  • The North Carolina Ferry System is currently operating on a reduced schedule on all routes. The current schedule can be found here.
  • Fourth of July events and fireworks are cancelled (July 2–5, 2020).

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.

Want to help those who’ve helped you have a fun vacation?

If you’d like to help, and get yourself or someone special a gift, gift certificate, or something similar, you can do that right here. Your gifts could go a long way toward making sure your favorite places are still here when you return!

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. In the meantime, it’s the time for safety, social distancing, and yes, lots and lots of hand-washing.

Be safe!

-Your friends on Ocracoke Island