Hyde County updates State of Emergency


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SWAN QUARTER, N.C. (WNCT) In accordance with Governor Roy Cooper’s executive order, on Monday, March 30, the Hyde County Board of Commissioners amended the local State of Emergency Order adopting the guidelines set forth in the Governor’s Order.

This includes amending the prohibition of mass gatherings to 10 or more people, adopting the Stay at Home order, and adopting the definition of Essential Businesses and Operations as stated in the order.

On Friday, March 27, Governor Cooper ordered people in the state of North Carolina to stay at home for thirty days, until April 29 as another step to slow the spread of the COVID-19.

Governor Cooper’s Executive Order takes effect on Monday, March 30 at 5:00 pm and reduces the size of gatherings to 10 people.

County official says, ” We strongly discourage mass gatherings of less than ten people, except for those necessary for essential businesses and operations or those composed by members of the same family.”

Visitation to Mainland Hyde County is prohibited until further notice.

Residents from Beaufort, Dare, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties shall be granted entry only for those activities permitted by the Governor’s Stay at Home Order.

The order also adds additional restrictions to access Ocracoke for non-resident property owners and workers.

Only people working on critical repairs requiring a building permit will be issued temporary entry permits.

The NCDOT Ferry Division will have access to a list of all permits issued and will deny entry if you have not been verified. 

Ocracoke entry will be restricted to the following priorities:


  • Hyde County/State/Federal Requested Resources
  • Hyde County Emergency Personnel
  • Medical/Clinic
  • National Park Service
  • Hyde County Employees
  • Hyde County School System Employees/Staff
  • Code Enforcement Officers/Inspectors
  • Department of Transportation
  • Power Company
  • Hyde County Debris Removal Contractors or Subcontractors
  • Hyde County Debris Monitoring Contractor
  • Sanitation/Garbage Disposal
  • Mail and Parcel Delivery


  • Distributors
  • Suppliers
  • Vendors


  • Ocracoke Residents
  • Ocracoke Business Owners and Employees
  • Ocracoke Temporary Entry Certificate Holders

Residents seeking entry must have the appropriate Hyde County issued re-entry tag or a valid North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Ferry Division issued priority pass.

The Hyde County re-entry tag colors now allowed access are as follows:

  • Emergency Personnel (Red)
  • Infrastructure (Yellow)
  • Resident (Green)


SWAN QUARTER, N.C. (WNCT) The Hyde County Board of Commissioners met in an emergency meeting and enacted a State of Emergency for all of Hyde County in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The State of Emergency is effective as of 10:00 am, Wednesday, March 18.

The following restrictions are now in place for Hyde County:

  • Mass gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited and we strongly discourage any gatherings of more than 10 people. 
  • Restaurant operations will be restricted to pick up and delivery orders only.
  • The Hyde County Senior Center is closed until March 31, 2020.
  • The Hyde County Adult Day Activities Program is closed until March 31, 2020.
  • Visitor restrictions to Ocracoke begin Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 5:00 am. This restriction only applies to new visitors to the island, there is not an evacuation order. It does not apply to workers, residents, vendors, or property owners. We will release more details on reentry guidelines by the end of the day.

In coordination with the Hyde County Health Director and in alignment with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all persons are urged to maintain social distancing, approximately six feet away from other people whenever possible, and to continue to wash hands, utilize hand sanitizer, and practice proper respiratory etiquette, including coughing into their elbows.

County officials are working closely with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, North Carolina Emergency Management, and the CDC for guidance moving forward.

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