Hyde County restricts visitation to Ocracoke Island due to coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 9:16 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 21:16:49-04

HYDE CO., N.C. — Starting Thursday morning, visitors will not be allowed on Ocracoke-bound ferries due to an emergency declaration issued Wednesday by Hyde County officials.

The Hyde County Board of Commissioners approved an emergency declaration Wednesday in response to the coronavirus outbreak. As part of that declaration, visitors will not be allowed access to Ocracoke Island beginning at 5 a.m. Thursday.

Visitors with reservations for the Swan Quarter-Ocracoke and Cedar Island-Ocracoke ferry routes will have their reservations canceled and will be issued refunds. Only residents, property owners, workers, vendors and service providers will be allowed to board Ocracoke-bound ferries. Reservation holders may call 1-800-BY-FERRY to secure their refunds.

These restrictions will be in place until further notice.

Hyde County will have law enforcement at ferry terminals to check passengers’ identifications and enforce restrictions.

For more information on the emergency order and visitor restrictions, please visit Hyde County’s website.

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