Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Update

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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