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Are North Carolina beaches open to vacationers?

FILE - A viewer wrote in to the News 13 I-Team Coronavirus Help Desk asking, “Will North Carolina beaches be open by the end of May?” (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

As summer approaches, many are wondering if a beach vacation could still be possible.

A viewer wrote in to the News 13 I-Team Coronavirus Help Desk asking, “Will North Carolina beaches be open by the end of May?”

News 13 found out each municipality is making its own decision about if and when vacationers will be allowed on beaches.

According to Holden Beach’s website, the beach reopened last week for exercise and relaxation, but no gatherings.

News from Mayor Holden (April 19th) - Item #9 of the existing Town of Holden Beach State of Emergency, which was made effective on April 8, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., shall hereby be rescinded at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. This action will thus allow the beach strand to be open for the purpose of exercise and relaxation. No congregating shall be allowed.

According to the state department of transportation, Nags Head and Kitty Hawk will be closed to non-residents until May 4.

Carteret County, which includes Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle, have opened the beaches to property owners and residents, but public access is still closed.

Carteret County, NC: All Bogue Banks communities have lifted the restriction on recreational water access to the Atlantic Ocean. The public beach access and public parking areas remain closed until further notice. Residents are asked to continue to follow the flag warnings displayed on the beach and practice social distancing. Please visit the individual websites of each community for more detailed information.
Beaufort, NC – On April 27, 2020, Carteret County Government will re-open all County maintained beach access points. These include Salter Path, Radio Island and Harkers Island beach accesses. While enjoying the beach, residents should continue to practice social distancing and avoid mass gatherings to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For your safety, residents should review rip current risk and surf advisories prior to visiting the beach.

You can view all state travel restrictions involving beaches HERE.

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