Destination Update

Destination Updates - COVID-19 Travel Information

Updated 3:00 pm June 2, 2020

As of 5 pm May 22, 2020, North Carolina entered Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions. See Phase 2 FAQ here.

As our beaches reopen and welcome visitors once again to our beautiful shores, the health and safety of our visitors and residents remain a top priority. Gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors. Social distancing rules remain in place. Frequent hand washing and sanitizing of surfaces continues to be important. Area businesses have enhanced their cleaning protocols following state and CDC guidelines for your safety and a new statewide program "Count on Me NC" has recently launched.

Some area attractions may continue to be temporarily closed.

With shortages of certain products nationwide continuing, visitors are encouraged to bring the necessary supplies for their stay, such as, groceries, paper products, and cleaning supplies with them. Restaurants are open for dine-in service at 50% capacity and with additional guidelines and many offer take-out and delivery services.

We're in this together. Help protect and respect the health of fellow visitors and residents. Follow the three Ws when you visit any public area: Wear a cloth face covering; Wait six feet apart to avoid close contact and maintain appropriate social distancing between yourself and others; Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.

For your safety and the safety of others, travel is discouraged if you are sick or have been recently exposed to the novel coronavirus/COVID-19. 

Please read further for more information and helpful links.

Town Updates - All Beaches Are Open For Visitors

Please visit the Towns' websites for more details on any closures of or limited access to public facilities in each community.

Town of Ocean Isle Beach  Restrictions on short term rentals have been lifted; public parking areas have re-opened; and the beach strand is open to the public for exercise, recreational activity, and relaxation. Parks are open but not playground equipment. Community Center restrooms have reopened. 

Town of Holden Beach  Short term rentals have resumed. All public parking areas and accesses to the beach are open. Bridgeview Park is open except for the playground and splash pad.

City of Southport  Short term rentals have resumed. See the Town's website for a list of open businesses.

Town of Caswell Beach Short term rentals have resumed. The regional beach access parking area and parking for the Oak Island Lighthouse are open. 

Town of Oak Island  Public parking and all public beach, estuary, sound side, and inlet water access points are open. Short term rentals have resumed. Public restrooms remain closed. Parks are open but not playground equipment. Please visit the Town's website for details.

Town of Sunset Beach The beach strand and Town Park are open to the public. Public parking areas are now open. Short term rentals have resumed. Public restrooms remain closed. All beach access walkways are one-way only with directional signs posted at each end. The ADA Walkways at the Gazebo, 1st Street, 3rd Street and 40th Street will be one direction for those without disabilities and multi-directional for those with disabilities.

Village of Bald Head Island  Short term rentals have resumed.  Click here for information on the Bald Head Island ferry schedule and requirements.

Short term rentals include vacation rentals, bed and breakfast establishments, Airbnb, VRBO, hotels, motels, inns, and similar establishments.

Other Town websites: Town of Shallotte; Town of Leland; Town of CalabashCity of Boiling Spring LakesTown of Carolina ShoresTown of BelvilleTown of NavassaTown of Sandy CreekCity of NorthwestTown of St. James

Brunswick County Coronavirus Update

Brunswick County is providing daily updates on its website. Click here to visit the site. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Prevent Getting Sick - Protecting Yourself and Others link.

Travel in the United States link.


Restaurants are permitted to provide dine-in service at 50% capacity. Many restaurants are also offering takeout, drive-thru, and delivery services - see our Takeout and Delivery page. You may wish to call ahead or visit restaurant websites and social media for details and hours of operation.

Golf Courses

Golf courses implementing social distancing requirements remain open including a majority of Brunswick Islands golf courses. Please contact courses directly for specific hours of operations.

Stay Connected

You can stay connected with us through our social media ( ) and blog. We also have a great collection of videos to give you a little taste of the beach while you're at home.