Visitor restrictions for the Outer Banks to be lifted on May 16


HYDE COUNTY, N.C. (WNCT) Hyde County, in coordination with Dare and Currituck Counties, will lift the restrictions on Ocracoke entry for visitors beginning Saturday, May 16 at 12:01 a.m.

This decision follows the announcement by Governor Roy Cooper issuing Executive Order 138 which will modify North Carolina’s Stay at Home order and transition to Phase 1 of slowly easing certain COVID-19 restrictions.

Entry for visitors on Saturday, May 16 at 12:01 a.m. includes the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Manteo; Hatteras Island; Roanoke Island; the Dare mainland; the Currituck County Outer Banks; and Ocracoke Island.

Allowing visitors to the Outer Banks on May 16 will allow seven days for local businesses, attractions, and accommodations providers to prepare for the arrival of visitors following the new business operating requirements put in place by the Governor’s Executive Order 138.

Entry restrictions for visitors to mainland Hyde County were lifted as of 5:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 6.

Ocracoke non-resident property owners will be allowed entry starting on May 11.

All non-resident property owners should bring their own supplies to sustain themselves in their homes as much as possible; including groceries, medication, paper products, and other essentials

Before traveling to the Outer Banks, visitors are encouraged to contact their accommodations provider to confirm their reservation and arrival plans. 

As visitors prepare for vacation, it is important to remember that the coronavirus is not over.

There are still State and local restrictions in effect to protect everyone’s safety that may impact the way you have vacationed on the Outer Banks in the past, including:

  • Social distancing guidelines are still in place.
  • Gatherings are limited to 10 people or less.
  • Getting food from restaurants continues to be on a take-out or delivery basis.
  • Businesses, including grocery stores, have limits on the number of people allowed in the store at any given time based on square footage.
  • Personal care and grooming businesses and entertainment businesses without retail or dining are not open yet based on State regulations that are not determined or controlled by our local government. 

Updated information about Hyde County Mainland entry is available at Update information on Ocracoke entry can be found at Comprehensive information and resources related to the coronavirus can be found at

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