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Coronavirus concerns has effectively shut down most of the Outer Banks to visitors.
Entry points throughout Dare County are manned with checkpoints to bar visitors access to the popular tourist attraction. The decision was announced by the Dare County Control Group in response to the President’s guidelines for America.
In a statement to 10News, the county offered its regrets noting while inconvenient, the decision was made in the best “interest of public safety to limit the spread of COVID-19.”
The county also acknowledged a financial impact.
Residents are encouraged to display permits on vehicle dashboards to avoid contact with any personnel at the checkpoints. The county has indicated no one will be denied entry with proper identification. A North Carolina driver’s license must have a Dare, Currituck, Hyde or Tyrrell county address to be allowed entry. Local addresses must also be listed on government-issued identification cards.
Those seeking permits can do so online.