Control Group: Access to Dare County still available to Currituck, Hyde, Tyrrell residents

Checkpoint at the foot of the Wright Memorial Bridge on March 17, 2020. [Sam Walker photo]

The Dare County Control Group has further clarified its entry procedures after issuing a ban on visitors entering the county on Tuesday in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Public health officials are urging people to reach out by phone and/or email to businesses, government offices, or healthcare providers prior to arriving.

Businesses may have altered services or hours, and in some cases you can handle things online or over the phone.

Dare County Control Group statement #5 – March 18, 2020, 11:45 p.m.
The Dare County Control Group met this morning to receive a briefing from Public Health officials and discuss local impacts of COVID-19. The Dare County Control Group is coordinating daily with public health officials to ensure our community is following the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the state.

Based on the CDC guidance to avoid discretionary travel, restrictions remain in place restricting visitors from entering Dare County. Checkpoints were established at access points Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Details and information on entry are available at

Since the entry system was launched yesterday, Dare County Emergency Management has processed over 9,000 entry permits. The online entry permitting system continues to experience high volume.

If a permit is not needed immediately, please wait and apply when you need it.

In an effort to expedite traffic at the checkpoints, the Dare County Sheriff’s Office requests that all commercial traffic entering the county use the right lane and all regular traffic use the left lane.

We recognize citizens from Currituck, Hyde, and Tyrrell counties may need to enter Dare County to conduct business, work or attend medical appointments. No one from Dare, Currituck, Hyde, and Tyrrell County will be denied entry with proper identification. Proper identification includes a valid NC driver’s license with a Dare, Currituck, Hyde, or Tyrrell county address or a government-issued identification card with a local address.

Public Health Guidelines for those in Dare County
As of March 18, 2020 at 11:30 a.m., no individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Dare County.

For those in Dare County or adjoining counties, be sure to reach out by phone and/or email to businesses, government offices, or healthcare providers prior to arriving. Businesses may have altered services or hours. In some cases, you may be able to receive services online or over the phone.

Public Health officials encourage the local community to continue to practice social distancing. Try to stay a minimum of six feet away from others whenever possible. Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, social visits and social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.

Practice everyday preventive actions and good hygiene now. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your face. Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and as much as possible.

Follow additional guidelines and recommendations from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the CDC.

Southern Shores
The Southern Shores Police Department has and will continue to provide the highest level of police services to our citizens, visitors and businesses. At the same time, we also have an important obligation to provide our officers with the needed protection and safeguards that are being recommended and implemented for First Responders nationwide.

The following procedures will be in effect immediately to keep our police officers and their families as safe as possible during this national pandemic.

Non-emergent Calls for Service will be handled over the phone whenever possible, unless circumstances require physical contact.

Police Officers will not be responding to general non-emergency EMS calls for services. Ex: patient assists, general sick.

Officers will respond to all emergency EMS calls for service.

Depending on the type of call for service, officers may request that you exit your home to speak with the officers outside.

The town has already sent out notice of restrictions for both the Town Hall and the Police Department, which includes locking down the police department. Should you need immediate assistance dial 911, there is a call box on the front of the police department that goes directly to Dare County Communication Center. For non-emergent situations call 252-261-3331, after hours call 252-473-3444.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time and hope everyone takes the suggested precautionary measures that both the State and Dare County have put in place.

Kill Devil Hills
The Town of Kill Devil Hills’ top priority continues to be the health, safety, and well-being of its citizens.

Offices at the Town Hall are currently open; however, access is restricted. Access into the Town Hall will be granted by an appointment only. If you have business with the Town call, email, or visit our website to schedule an appointment or to gain additional assistance.

We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause. Our goal is to continue to provide the highest level of service possible, while taking necessary precautions to protect both our Staff and our citizens.

Please refer to our website for Department’s contact information and updates to their daily operations.

Nags Head
A reminder: to ensure the safety of those needing to do business with the Town of Nags Head as well as our employees, we continue to ask the public to refrain from entering Nags Head’s Town Hall unless there is an absolute need.

Water and tax bills can be paid via the drop box near the flag pole in front of Town Hall.

For additional assistance, please call the following departments:

Planning Department – 252-441-7016 / 252-449-2002

Building Permits – 252-449-6048

Trade permits can now be applied for and issued online. Additionally, in some cases we are able to make arrangements over the phone or by email to coordinate the submittal of building permit applications and materials, issue permits and take payments. If you need assistance or would like to discuss how we may be able to meet your needs remotely, please call 252-441-7016 or email

If you have other questions:

Receptionist – 252-441-5508

Water – 252-449-2004

Taxes – 252-449-2008

Town Manager’s Office – 252-449-2021

Town Clerk’s Office – 252-449-2009

Police Department (Non Emergency)– 252-441-6386 / 252-449-2026

Fire Department (Non Emergency) – 252-441-5909

Public Works Department – 252-441-1122

National Park Service

To minimize potential spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), consistent with federal, state, and local advisories, visitor centers at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial are temporarily closed, effective immediately.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Off-road vehicle (ORV) permits can be purchased online at The status of each ORV ramp and beach route can be found at

Beachgoers should use caution in the ocean as no lifeguards are on duty at this time of year.

The Oregon Inlet Campground, the Seashore’s only year-round campground, is closed.

The grounds of Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras, and Ocracoke Lighthouses are open.

The Ocracoke Island roadside cleanup scheduled for March 26 is canceled.

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

The grounds of Fort Raleigh National Historic Site are open.

Wright Brothers National Memorial

The grounds of Wright Brothers National Memorial are open.

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