Destination Update

Destination Updates - COVID-19 Travel Information

Updated January 19, 2021.

Governor Roy Cooper has issued  Executive Order 188 extending Executive Order 181 continuing Phase 3 of easing of COVID-19 restrictions to January 29, 2021.  See FAQ here
The wearing of face coverings is required while indoors when non-household members are present and outdoors where social distancing from non-household members is not possible. Face coverings are not required on beach strands if a six foot social distance is maintained at all times. Social distance requirements do not apply to household members.
A statewide modified stay at home order from 10 pm to 5 am is in effect with certain exceptions including take-out and delivery from restaurants and businesses that sell groceries, medication, health care supplies and fuel. See FAQ here for more details on exceptions. 

All of our beaches and towns are open and are welcoming visitors to our beautiful shores. During this Phase 3, the health and safety of our visitors and residents continue to be top priorities for area businesses and officials. Gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people indoors and 50 outdoors (see provision for smaller outdoor entertainment venues below). 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 been implemented. 


Some area attractions may continue to be temporarily closed or operate at reduced capacity. We recommend checking attraction websites before visiting. 

Movie theaters and conference centers may open indoor spaces up to 30% of capacity – or 100 guests, whichever is less. 

Smaller outdoor entertainment venues, such as arenas or amphitheaters, may operate outdoors at 30% of outdoor capacity – or 100 guests, whichever is less. 


Restaurants are permitted to provide dine-in service at 50% capacity. Restaurants have implemented additional cleaning and social distancing protocols to meet state guidelines to protect the health of employees and guests. In restaurants, guests are required to wear face coverings at their table unless they are actively eating or drinking. Dining-in at restaurants must end at 10 pm. Restaurants may remain open after 10 pm for take-out and delivery. To find restaurants offering takeout, drive-thru, and delivery services - see our Takeout and Delivery page. You can also enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery with your meal with our outdoor and waterfront dining options throughout the county. You may wish to call ahead or visit restaurant websites and social media for details and hours of operation. 

Bars may operate outdoors at 30% of outdoor capacity – or 100 guests, whichever is less.

Alcohol sales in restaurants and bars must cease at 9 pm.

Golf Courses

Golf courses are open and have implemented social distancing requirements. Please contact courses directly for specific hours of operations.

We're In This Together

Please 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. Your patience and understanding is appreciated while we all navigate these unprecedented circumstances.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Prevent Getting Sick - Protecting Yourself and Others link.

Travel in the United States link.

How to wear cloth face coverings link.

World Health Organization

How to wear a face mask safely infographic 

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.