Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Update

APRIL 27, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE

Town of Emerald Isle: COVID-19 Updates
 
The Town of Emerald Isle remains under a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus while maintaining essential services, the Town has implemented several operational changes to ensure social and physical distance and limit exposure. Provided below is an update on Town operations, services and events.

Short Term Rental Restrictions

The Town of Emerald Isle will extend a mandatory restriction on short term rentals through May 8, 2020 at 11:59 PM. The restriction prohibits the renting of a hotel room, motel room, rental housing unit, condominium, RV campsite, primitive campsite, or similar accommodation.
 
Property owners/managers may accept occupants effective May, 9, 2020. Contracts currently on file for the period April 30 - May 8, 2020, may be honored at the sole discretion of the property owner/manager.
 
Public Beach Parking Areas

The Town of Emerald Isle stresses that tourist travel to the area remains highly discouraged.  All public parking areas, restrooms, and playgrounds in Emerald Isle remain closed at this time.
 
Based upon the current NC Stay at Home Order (through May 8, 2020), the following approach will be taken in Emerald Isle regarding public parking facilities:
  • May 9, 2020- Third Street parking lot will open to the public.
  • May 9, 2020- Station Street parking lot will open to the public.
  • The Western Ocean Regional Access (WORA) and Eastern Ocean Regional Access (EORA) remain closed due to construction. These parking areas will be made available to the public, (1) once construction is complete and (2) it is deemed safe to operate public restroom facilities.
Water Access 

Emerald Isle residents and property owners can access the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Bogue Sound. Permitted activities include swimming, surfing, kiting, kayaking, fishing, and boating.  Residents can walk, jog, and sit on the beach strand.  All beach goers must adhere to the current social distancing guidelines.    
 
Municipal Facility Closings

The Emerald Isle Administration Building (7509 Emerald Drive) and the Police Department (7500 Emerald Drive) have limited public access. The Emerald Isle Community Center and all Parks & Recreation maintained facilities, remain closed to the public until further notice. Although these facilities are closed, the work of the Town continues uninterrupted through the COVID-19 response.
 
Emerald Isle residents and guests can access the Town's full array of online resources atwww.emeraldisle-nc.org. If needed, individuals may drop off necessary paperwork and building permit applications at a drop box located in Town Admin building foyer. While Town Hall is closed, Town staff will check the drop box throughout the day. The Town will mail acknowledgements and receipts upon request. 

Anyone with questions or concerns is encouraged to call 252-354-3424. Staff will reply promptly during normal business hours.

Contact Information
Planning, Inspections and Permits
Josh Edmondson, Town Planner
252-354-3424
 
Accounts Payable/ Receivable/ Taxes
Laura Rotchford, Finance Director
252-354-3424
 
Non-Emergency Police Department Services
Tony Reese, Chief of Police
252-354-2021
 
Parks and Recreation Services
Alesia Sanderson, Parks and Recreations Director
252-354-6350
 
Public Works: Solid waste/ Yard Debris/ Roads
Artie Dunn, Public Works Director
252-354-4450
 
Stay at Home
It is imperative that all citizens comply with the "Stay at Home" order issued by Gov. Cooper, which is in effect through May 8, 2020.  For everyone's safety, follow the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).  Limit travel to essential needs.  Maintain social distancing (of 6-feet or greater separation) and limit gatherings to groups of 10 or less. Wearing a protective face covering, when in public, is also recommended. 
 
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For press inquiries, contact: 
Matt Zapp, Town Manager 



APRIL 16, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE

Recreational Water Access in Emerald Isle

The Town of Emerald Isle continues to monitor the development and changes related to COVID-19. An unanticipated result of COVID-19 is the early closure of colleges and high schools. These closure(s) have allowed the Town of Emerald to recruit, hire, and train lifeguards much earlier than normal. The first class of certified lifeguards will conclude training on Friday April 17, 2020.

Water Access Restriction

Effective Saturday April 18, 2020, Emerald Isle will lift the temporary restriction on recreational water access to the Atlantic Ocean. Emerald Isle residents and property owners will be able to access the Atlantic Ocean for normal activities including swimming, surfing, kiting, kayaking, and fishing. Residents can continue to walk, jog, and sit on the beach strand. All beach goers must adhere to the current social distancing guidelines.

Local Safety Measures

Lifeguards will provide limited (roving) beach patrol for the remainder of April

2020. Residents will see mobile lifeguards, working along the beach strand, in red Jeep Wranglers or official town ATV units. Emerald Isle will also display ocean condition flags, in alignment with the NOAA/NWS oceanic surf forecasts for the immediate area.

NOTE: Lifeguard activity and coverage will increase, as the season progresses and travel restrictions in North Carolina cease.

Travel Restricted/ Discouraged

The Town of Emerald Isle stresses that tourist travel to the area remains highly discouraged. All public parking areas, restrooms, and playgrounds in Emerald Isle remain closed. All short-term rental restrictions remain in place as well.

Stay at Home

It is imperative that all citizens comply with the "Stay at Home" order issued by Gov. Cooper, which is in effect through April 29, 2020. For everyone's safety, follow the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). Limit travel to essential needs. Maintain social distancing (of 6-feet or greater separation) and limit gatherings to groups of 10 or less. Wearing a protective face covering, when in public, is also recommended.

 

For press inquiries, contact: 

Matt Zapp, Town Manager 

252-354-3424

mzapp@emeraldisle-nc.org



APRIL 2, 2020- PRESS RELEASE

Beach Towns Restrict Recreation Water Access

Carteret County, NC: To further protect local residents from the community spread of coronavirus (COVID 19), the Towns of Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Indian Beach and Pine Knoll Shores will limit recreational water access beginning April 2, 2020.

In a joint effort, each of the four Bogue Banks municipalities will fly Double-Red flags, April 2 through April 29, 2020. Recreational water access will be prohibited during this period.

Restricting recreational water access will reduce the demand on first responders. Additionally, it informs the public that tourist travel to the Crystal Coast is not permitted during Gov. Cooper's Stay at Home Order.

It is important to note, seasonably warm weather resulted in a water rescue along Bogue Banks on Sunday, March 29, 2020.

Limited medical and personal protection supplies for Police, Fire and EMS personnel are a concern. Restricting water access allows first responders to focus on COVID-19 pandemic measures.

According to recent recommendations made by the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), socially responsible exercise is key to staying healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For clarification, due to the serious nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, swimming, surfing, kiting, and non-motorized recreational water access will be prohibited. Residents are permitted to walk, jog and exercise along the beach strand.

For further information related to this notice, please contact the appropriate Public Information Officer at the Towns of Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Indian Beach and Pine Knoll Shores.


Town of Atlantic Beach

David R. Walker, Town Manager

252-726-2121 ext 2237

910-330-2587 Cell

townmanager@atlanticbeach- nc.com 

www.atlanticbeach-nc.com

 

Town of Emerald Isle

Matt Zapp, Town Manager 

252-354-3424 Phone

mzapp@emeraldisle-nc.org

www.emeraldIsle-NC.org 

 

Town of Indian Beach

Tim White, Town Manager
252-247-3344 Phone
twhite@indianbeach.org  

www.indianbeach.or

 

Town of Pine Knoll Shores

Ken Jones, Town Mayor 

(252)-723-0013 Phone

mayorjones@townofpks.com

http://www.townofpks.com/ 



MARCH 27, 2020- PRESS RELEASE

Emerald Isle expands COVID-19 restrictions

EMERALD ISLE, N.C.-In collaboration with appropriate federal, state, county, and local officials, the Town of Emerald Isle continues to take action to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Today, Mayor Eddie Barber will expand a local State of Emergency to include mandatory restrictions for the protection of the Town of Emerald Isle.

Effective March 27, 2020 at 11:59 PM, Emerald Isle will place a mandatory restriction on short term rentals. The restriction prohibits the renting a hotel room, motel room, rental housing unit, condominium, RV campsite, primitive campsite, or similar accommodation through April 29, 2020. 

Emerald Isle officials call on all citizens and businesses to voluntarily follow the Stay at Home Order issued by Gov. Roy Cooper.

"For everyone's protections, Gov. Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 121. The order requires citizens across North Carolina to stay at home through April 29, 2020," said Mayor Eddie Barber. "Visitors should be aware that travel to Emerald Isle is not permitted during this time. For a community anchored in hospitality, this is a very difficult message to send and share."

Public beach parking areas, playgrounds, and restroom facilities in Emerald Isle remain closed.

Residents, guests, and contractors are asked to use online or telephone service options to secure permits, make tax payments, or submit service requests. Normal hours of operation will continue at the Administration Building (7509 Emerald Drive) and Police Department (7500 Emerald Drive). Non-essential walk-in traffic is restricted at these buildings until further notice.

The Town of Emerald will continuously monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates to the public and media via our website (www.emeraldisle-nc.org) and social media sites. We sincerely appreciate your cooperation and understanding during these challenging times.  

For press inquiries, contact:

Matt Zapp, Town Manager

252-354-3424 

mzapp@emeraldisle-nc.org



MARCH 26, 2020- UPDATE

EMERALD ISLE : IMPORTANT COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS AND INFORMATION

As a county, town and local community, we are taking necessary precautions to protect the island.  Please know that every decision is being made on the basis of human safety and access to resources.

In unison with Carteret County and neighboring towns, Mayor Eddie Barber declared a State of Emergency for Emerald Isle on March 19, 2020.

TOURIST TRAVEL: Carteret County and the municipality of Emerald Isle released public statements to discourage tourist travel to the Crystal Coast.  Throughout Carteret County and upon Emerald Isle, short-term rentals are being suspended between March 22 and April 6, 2020.

CLOSURES: Emerald Isle has closed our public beach access parking lots, all public restrooms, public playgrounds, and suspended beach driving access until further notice.

RESTRICTIONS: Any additional closures, travel limitations, and/ or restrictions will come from the Governor's office and in unison with Carteret County.

LOCAL CASES: As of 11:15 am, March 26, 2020, Carteret County has no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 to report. Of the five previously confirmed cases, two of the cases have recovered and are off isolation. The two recovered patients completed the necessary isolation requirement and have been free of COVID-19 symptoms for at least 72 hours. The recovered patients are now able to continue with daily functions.

STAY INFORMED: For the most up-to-date local information, please monitor www.emeraldisle-nc.org , follow us on Facebook, Twitter and download the Emerald Isle app.

Governor Roy Cooper encourages all North Carolinians to take personal precautions to limit contact with others.  We encourage the same practices for Emerald Isle.   Turn to these sources for reliable information: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/ 

Thank you deeply for being an integral part of Emerald Isle!  We pray that everyone remains safe and practices social distancing.

Respectfully-

Matt Zapp

Town Manager

Town of Emerald Isle

www.emeraldisle-nc.org 



PRESS RELEASE- MARCH 20, 2020

EMERALD ISLE- Beach Driving Suspended

March 20, 2020

The highest priority for the Town of Emerald Isle is the health and safety of our community. This includes full-time residents, part-time residents, businesses and tourists.

The Town of Emerald Isle is diligently working with all federal, state, county, and local officials to reduce the possible community spread of COVID-19.

At this time, Carteret County and Emerald Isle officials are discouraging tourist travel to the coast.

Effective March 20, 2020, the Town of Emerald Isle will suspend beach driving: 

  • Emerald Isle will suspend the sale of beach driving permits effective immediately
  • At 9:00 PM on March 20, 2020, beach access gates will close 
  • Beach driving privileges will be suspended until further notice

Town officials will review the duration of all closures/ restrictions and adjust the schedule as soon as possible.  

The Town of Emerald Isle apologize to our current permit holders for this unforeseen suspension.  We sincerely appreciate your understanding and cooperation. 

Respectfully,

Matt Zapp, Town Manager

252-354-3424



PRESS RELEASE- MARCH 19, 2020

Emerald Isle Public Beach Parking Areas Closed

EMERALD ISLE, N.C.-  To further reduce the possible community spread of COVID-19, the Town of Emerald Isle will temporarily close its public beach parking areas.

Effective at sunset, March 19, 2020, the Town of Emerald Isle will close four public beach parking areas.  Parking areas will remain closed through March 31, 2020.  The locations include:

  • The Western Ocean Regional Access (WORA)
  • The Eastern Ocean Regional Access (EORA)
  • Station Street Park
  • Third Street Park 

"Following guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Gov. Roy Cooper, and local health officials, North Carolinian's are asked to implement social distancing," said Matt Zapp, Town Manager.  "Visitors should be aware that travel to the coast is being discouraged at this time."

Public restrooms remain closed through March 31, 2020 as well.   Officials will review the situation and make adjustments to the schedule as needed.  

The Town of Emerald will continuously monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates to the public and media via our website (www.emeraldisle-nc.org) and social media sites.  We sincerely appreciate your cooperation and understanding during these challenging times.  

 

Matt Zapp, Town Manager

252-354-3424



PRESS RELEASE- MARCH 19, 2020

Town of Emerald Isle: COVID-19 State of Emergency

EMERALD ISLE, N.C.-

Effective today, March 19, 2020, Mayor Eddie Barber has issued the linked State of Emergency for the Town of Emerald Isle.

Town Manager Matt Zapp states, "The Town of Emerald Isle is partnering with the appropriate federal, state, county, and local officials to reduce the possible community spread of COVID-19. In alignment with Carteret County, the Town of Emerald Isle discourages travel to the coast at this time."

Emerald Isle officials call on all citizens and businesses to voluntarily follow the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS):

  • Reduce the risk of person-to person transmission by practicing social distancing measures which decrease the frequency of contact and increase physical distance between persons.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.
  • Individuals who are sick should always cover their coughs and sneezes using a tissue or the crook of their elbow.
  • Individuals who are sick should stay home.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

For more information on COVID-19, including symptoms and treatment, the Town urges citizens to reference and use the following credible sources:

  • COVID-19 Information Call In Line at the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS): 866-462-3821 or the Coronavirus Response in North Carolina (NCDHHS): http://ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus 
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://coronavirus.gov 

The Town of Emerald continues to maintain a continuity of operations.   Town officials will continuously monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates to the public and media via our website (www.emeraldisle-nc.org) and social media sites. We sincerely appreciate your cooperation and understanding during these challenging times.  

Matt Zapp, Town Manager

252-354-3424 



UPDATE- MARCH 17, 2020

North Carolina to Close Restaurants and Bars for Dine-In Customers- Allow Takeout and Delivery to Continue.





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