Outer Banks communities slowly taking first steps in trying to return to normal

Posted at 9:30 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 23:02:19-04

OUTER BANKS, N.C. - There are some signs life is slowly trying to return to normal in some areas of North Carolina.

Thursday, non-resident property owners in Currituck County got the green light; they now have access to towns like Corolla. The Currituck Board of Commssioners also set May 15 to allow visitors back in.

Further south in Dare County, it's a more gradual process for those Outer Banks communities. Non-resident property owners will be given access next month and phased in alphabetically. They'll be monitoring this closely, says Dare County Manager Bobby Outten.

"So, we've allowed the non-resident property owners to come May 4, and we stagger that out over a week. We hope to have a few weeks of experience with that before we start looking at when we can allow visitors in to see if we get a spike, see what are impacts are. We have a small hospital here that has about 20 beds. Before we allow a couple hundred thousand visitors to come down, we got to be sure - as I told you before, we walk before we run," Outten explained.

For more information on specific entry dates, how they'll be phased in and what's needed at checkpoints to gain entry in Dare County, click here.

For more information on entry requirements and checkpoint information for Currituck County, click here.

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