COVID-19 Update #15 – 04.02.20

PRESS RELEASE April 2, 2020 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
Town of Emerald Isle
Matt Zapp, Town Manager 
252-354-3424 Phone

Town of Indian Beach
Tim White, Town Manager
252-247-3344 Phone
Town of Pine Knoll Shores
 Ken Jones, Town Mayor 
(252)-723-0013 Phone

Below is a message from the Mayors of the Towns on Bogue Banks 04.02.2020

Mayor of Atlantic Beach – Trace Cooper
Mayor of Emerald Isle – Eddie Barber
Mayor of Indian Beach – Stewart Pickett
Mayor of Pine Knoll Shores – Ken Jones
“In support of Governor Cooper’s executive order, designed to avoid any non-essential travel, we want to do more to discourage people from traveling to the beach during these 30 days. Restaurants are closed except for take out, bars are closed, non-essential businesses are closed, & both Fort Macon State Park and the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores are closed.
With the weather warming, our first responders need to be focused on the current crisis, and not on water rescues. In support of Gov Cooper’s 30-day stay-at-home executive order, all four Towns will limit recreational water access beginning April 2, 2020.
The beachfront is a good place to practice social distancing and to exercise, therefore the sandy beach strand will not be closed (walking, fishing, and very small groups of people will be allowed). However, during the Governor’s 30-day stay-at-home executive order, the Towns of Bogue Banks will prohibit swimming, surfing, kiting, and non-motorized recreational water access. All four beach Towns will fly double-red beach flags, which means the waters are closed.
Travel from outside Carteret County is not essential travel—please do not travel here unless you meet the Governors Executive order criteria for essential activity. This advice also applies to Bogue Banks, do not cross our two bridges unless it is essential.
The Towns of Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Indian Beach & Pine Knoll Shores are joining together to combat COVID-19; we need your help. If you do not NEED to come to Carteret County, please do not travel here during these 30 days. Please help us preserve the resources of our First Responders by NOT entering the ocean (per the above closures). Please respect the health and safety of everyone by abiding by the Governor’s executive order.
Wash your hands, practice social distancing and stay safe!”