Destination Update

Destination Updates - COVID-19 Travel Information

Updated 8:19 am  August 10, 2020

On June 24, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper announced that Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions will be extended and that effective 5 pm June 26, 2020, the wearing of face coverings will be required while in public places where social distancing is not possible. On August 5, the Governor announced that the state will remain in Phase 2 until at least September 11, 2020. See FAQ here.
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 family/household members.

All of our beaches and towns are open and are welcoming visitors to our beautiful shores. During this Phase 2, 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 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. Playground equipment areas area closed even though parks are open.

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 safety guidelines and many offer take-out and delivery services.

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.

Brunswick County Coronavirus Update

Brunswick County is providing regular COVID-19 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.

How to wear cloth face coverings link.

World Health Organization

How to wear a face mask safely infographic 


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. 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 are open and have implemented social distancing requirements. 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.