Surf City to lift more restrictions, enhance personal protection


SURF CITY, N.C. (WNCT) The Town of Surf City will be lifting a few more of the restrictions, which were added to enhance the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as adding one other protective measure.

On Tuesday, the Town Council met to discuss lifting more restrictions starting Friday at 7 am.

The following was determined during Tuesday’s council meeting, effective Friday at 7 am:

• All Public Parking Areas Will Re-open
• Tennis Courts at the Community Center will re-open
• Dog Park at the Community Center will re-open

In addition, port-a-johns will be added to several public beach accesses, and a list of these locations will be published in the coming days.

The public restroom facilities will remain closed in efforts to limit town staff exposure due to limited availability of PPE.

People are encouraged to bring sanitizer for personal use if they are planning to utilize the provided port-a-johns, as the Town will not be able to provide those items at this time.

Officials want to remind the public that all ordinances on the beach strand will be enforced so please read the rules and regulation signs located at each public beach accesses or go online under Chapter 4 of the Town Ordinances.

Some of the main areas of enforcement include, but not limited to, no glass bottles, no littering, dogs must remain on a leash, and the no alcohol/smoking/vaping zone located between the public beach access #16 (Goldsboro Ave) and public beach access #19 (Kinston Ave).  

During the Town Council meeting, it was decided that everyone entering a business, open to the public, must wear a face-covering in areas where social distancing cannot be applied.

The decision was made in efforts to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Town Council feels it is a temporary measure that will ease the community back into the new “normal”.

Effective Friday at 5 p.m., the Short-Term Rental restrictions will be rescinded.

The decision was made in conjunction with the Governor’s announcement to move towards Phase 1 of reopening to ease certain COVID-19 restrictions to help revive the economy while protecting public health.

Although Short Term Rentals will be allowed, individuals should practice the Stay at Home Order which is still in effect from Governor Cooper and the State of North Carolina.

At this time, additional recommendations to promote social distancing and reduce transmission, as well as individuals bringing their own facial coverings, and other COVID-19 mitigation measures at any Short-Term Rentals are requested.

Rental landlords should follow CDC guidelines on cleaning rental units including using an EPA-approved disinfectant for COVID-19 between rentals.

To reduce the burden on our already stressed local supplies, officials are asking that rental landlords also communicate to their tenants to urge them to bring their own items including sanitizer and paper products, as certain items may not be available.

The Town of Surf City has decided to cancel the Independence Day Celebration for 2020.

The Town of Surf City plans to resume the Annual Independence Day Celebration on July 3, 2021.

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