Destination Update

Destination Updates - COVID-19 Travel Information

Updated 10:30 am July 17, 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. See the FAQ sheet for the announcement for more specifics. On July 14, the Governor announced that the state will remain in Phase 2 until August 7, 2020.
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 are open and are welcoming visitors once again 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.

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.

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. As of 5 pm, June 22, 2020, the wearing of face coverings is required in Southport in public places where social distancing is not possible or where social distance practices are not being followed. Please read the proclamation for details.

Town of Caswell Beach Short term rentals have resumed. The regional beach access parking area and parking for the Oak Island Lighthouse are open. Tours of the Oak Island Lighthouse are not expected to resume until the end of September at the earliest. 

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.  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 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.