The Marc Basnight Bridge is the gateway to Pea, Hatteras and Ocracoke islands. Photo: C. Leinbach

From Dare County Emergency Management 

March 20; 7:56 p.m.

In a continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dare County Control Group has prohibited non-resident property owners from entering Dare County beginning tonight (March 20) at 10. 

It is unknown if non-resident Ocracoke property owners wanting to travel here via Dare County would be turned back. Non-resident Ocracoke property owners can still access the island via Swan Quarter and Cedar Island.

“The intent of this declaration is to decrease the risk of exposure and limit the spread of COVID-19 in Dare County by eliminating non-essential travel, thereby reducing the number of individuals in the county and ultimately reducing potential virus spread and the burden on our healthcare system,” the county said in a press release. “It is imperative to take measures to mitigate the consequences of COVID-19 and not overwhelm our healthcare system so it can care for those who are at most risk and continue to provide routine medical and emergency services.”

Previous restrictions including the prohibition of mass gatherings and the entry of visitors remain in place.

“While disappointing for many people who enjoy spending time on the Outer Banks, these decisions are made in the interest of preserving the public health, safety and welfare of our community,” the release said.

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