COVID-19 Face Masks Required

North Carolina Governor Requires Face Masks

Executive Order for North Carolina: Beginning Friday, June 26th at 5 PM

According to the press conference on the afternoon of June 24th, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has issued an executive order beginning June 26, 2020 at 5PM requiring everyone to wear face coverings while out in public where physical distancing of 6 feet from other people who are not members of the same household or residence is not possible.

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COVID-19 Update for Emerald Isle, NC Executive Order 147/ Face Coverings Thursday, June 25, 2020
COVID-19 Update for Emerald Isle, NC
Executive Order 147/ Face Coverings

Thursday, June 25, 2020

 
Dear residents, visitors and businesses of Emerald Isle:
On June 24, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper announced Executive Order 147, which extends Phase 2 of the Safer At Home restrictions through July 17, 2020. Additionally, Governor Cooper added a requirement that face coverings are required anytime you are in a public place under certain conditions. This order will go into effect at 5:00pm on Friday June 26, 2020.
To better educate the public on exactly what is required and enforceable under this new order, elected Town Officials in Emerald Isle have reviewed this order and would like to provide the following guidance to our residents, visitors and businesses in Emerald Isle. Additionally, Town staff is always available to provide assistance and answer any questions the public may have regarding the Town’s response to COVID-19.
When am I required to wear a face covering? People must wear face coverings when in public places, indoor or outdoor, where physical distancing of six (6) feet from other people who are not members of the same household or residence is not possible, or unless an exception applies. These settings include, but are not limited to:
  • Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space, including public schools;
  • Waiting for or riding on public and private multi person transportation, including but not limited to buses, taxis, ride sharing, private care service, vans;
  • Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when they are or may be within six (6) feet of other people, including working in or walking through common areas, such as lobbies, hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities;
  • Obtaining services in a healthcare setting;
  • While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible. This restriction does not apply to persons while inside their residence or the personal residence of another. Face coverings may be removed to participate in a religious ritual.
Exceptions: Face Coverings do not need to be worn by an individual, worker, customer, or patron who:
  1. Has a medical or behavioral condition or disability and cannot wear a face covering (including, but not limited to, any person who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious or incapacitated, or is otherwise unable to put on or remove the face covering without assistance);
  2. Is under eleven (11) years of age;
  3. Is actively eating or drinking;
  4. Is strenuously exercising or swimming;
  5. Is seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired in a way that requires the mouth to be visible;
  6. Is giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience;
  7. Is working at home or alone in a vehicle;
  8. Is temporarily removing his or her Face Covering to secure government or medical services or for identification purposes;
  9. Would be at risk from wearing a Face Covering at work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines;
  10. Has found that his or her Face Covering is impeding visibility to operate equipment or a vehicle; or
  11. Is a child whose parent, guardian, or responsible person has been unable to place the Face Covering safely on the child’s face.
  12. Children under two (2) years of age should not wear a face covering.
Anyone who declines to wear a face covering for these reasons should not be required to produce documentation or any other proof of condition.
How do I prove I have an exception? Under this Executive Order, all North Carolinians will be on the honor system about whether or not there is a reason why they cannot wear a face covering. Everyone in the state is asked to tell the truth and if they are healthy and able, to wear a face covering so that they do not put other people at risk of serious illness and death. You are not required to provide proof of an exception.
What qualifies as a face covering under the new order? “Face Covering” means a covering of the nose and mouth that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is simply wrapped around the lower face. A Face Covering can be made of a variety of synthetic and natural fabrics, including cotton, silk, or linen. Ideally, a Face Covering has two (2) or more layers. A Face Covering may be factory-made, sewn by hand, or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, bandanas, t-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels. A face shield that covers the nose and mouth also meets the face covering requirements of this order.
Guidance for Businesses
Certain businesses are required to have patrons and employees wear face coverings whether they are inside or outside when they are or may be within six (6) feet of another person, or unless an exception applies. Specific occupational settings, including health care settings, should continue to follow existing protocols and require surgical or procedure masks or N95 respirators, as indicated. The businesses that must follow the requirements for face coverings as described in Executive Order 147, to the extent they are open are:
  • Retail Businesses;
  • Restaurants
  • Personal Care, Grooming, and Tattoo Businesses;
  • Child Care Facilities, Day Camps, and Overnight Camps;
  • Gyms, Exercise Facilities, and Fitness Facilities,
  • State Government Cabinet Agencies;
  • Transportation;
  • High-Density Occupational Settings Where Social Distancing is Difficult, including manufacturing settings, construction sites, and migrant farm or other farm settings;
  • Meat or Poultry Processing Plants (new surgical mask requirement);
  • Long Term Care Facilities (new surgical mask requirement);
  • Other Health Care Settings (ongoing adherence to CDC guidance)
As a business owner, how do I determine whether or not a person has an exception? Under the Executive Order, operators of businesses and organizations are entitled to rely on their customers or patrons’ statements about whether or not they have an exception from the face covering requirements and businesses and organizations do not violate this Executive Order if they rely on such statements.
How will the face covering requirement be enforced? Under the Executive Order, law enforcement personnel are not authorized to criminally enforce the face covering requirements of this Executive Order against individual workers, customers or patrons. Citations may only be issued to businesses or organizations that fail to enforce the requirements to wear face coverings, unless an exception applies. However, if a business refuses entry to a worker, customer, or patron because that person refuses to wear a face covering, law enforcement personnel may be contacted to enforce trespassing laws or any other laws that the worker, customer or patron may violate.
Are face coverings required on the beach? If you are unable to keep a physical distance of six (6) feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence while on the beach, you would be required under this Executive Order to wear a face covering, unless an exception applies.
For the most up-to-date information, please monitor www.emeraldisle-nc.org, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and download the Emerald Isle app.
We apologize for such unprecedented disruption to our normal way of life.  Please take precautions to protect you and yours. Together, we will navigate COVID-19!
With great sincerity and concern,
Mayor Eddie Barber
Commissioner Candace Dooley
Commissioner Steve Finch
Commissioner Floyd Messer
Commissioner Jim Normile
Commissioner Mark Taylor
Matt Zapp
Town Manager
Town of Emerald Isle
7500 Emerald Drive
Emerald Isle, NC  28594
252-354-3424

COVID-19 Community Amenities and Pool Updates

Community Pools & Amenity Updates

The Governor of the state of North Carolina, issued on May 5, 2020, public community pools and amenities were ordered to be closed at all condo complexes and communities until May 22, 2020. Please be aware, many community and condo HOAs across our island are making changes to normal procedures and or limiting and even restricting access to community amenities such as outdoor and indoor pools, club houses, fitness centers, game rooms, tennis courts, ect. Please be aware that amenities that are normally available to complex guests and residents may not be available due to concerns regarding COVID-19 even after the state’s restrictions were lifted. Homeowner Associations are making the decision to open up their pools on an individual basis moving forward. The information regarding the availability of these amenities is fluid and ever changing. We are actively encouraging the HOAs to open their community amenities if they are able to do so safely.

CommunityPool & Amenity Status
A Place at the BeachOpen
BeachwalkOpen
BreakersOpen
Bungalows at the GroveOpen
Colony By the SeaOpen
Coral ShoresOpen
Dunescape VillasCommunity pool closed for the 2020 season
GenesisOpen
Grande VillasOpen
Island Beach Racket ClubOpen
Lookouts at the GroveOpen
Magens BayOpen
Nautical ClubOpen
Ocean ClubOpen
Ocean GlenOpen
Ocean GroveOpen
Ocean ReefClosed
Ocean SandsOpen
Olds Towne Yacht ClubClosed
Maritime WestOpen
Pebble Beach1 Outdoor Pool Open (open until 6PM daily).
1 Outdoor Pool, Indoor Pool Closed & Gym Closed
Pelican’s RoostClosed
Pier PointeOpen
Pier Pointe WestOpen
Pine Knoll TownesOpen
Point Emerald VillasClosed
Queens CourtOpen
Sands VillaOpen
Sea DreamsOpen
Seaside VillasOpen
Sea SprayOpen
ShuttersOpen
Sound of the SeaClosed
South WindsOpen
Summer WindsOpen
Sun BayOpen
Tar LandingOpen

Travel Insurance Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19

Travel Insurance Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19

To help you better understand the Trip Preserver travel insurance policy benefits, below are some helpful Questions and Answers that may address your concerns prior to your trip.  If you need additional guidance please contact us at 1-866-889-7409.

Please note that these answers only apply to customers whose Policies include the applicable benefits.  All other Policy terms, conditions, and exclusions apply.

  1. If I, a traveling companion, or a family member contract the Coronavirus before my trip, am I covered for Trip Cancellation?
  2. The following policy language applies to trip cancellations due to a sickness (including COVID-19) occurring after the effective date of coverage:

TRIP CANCELLATION 

We will reimburse You, up to the Maximum Benefit Amount shown in the Schedule of Benefits, for the amount of the unused non-refundable prepaid Payments or Deposits for the vacation rental and Travel Arrangements You purchased for Your Trip, when You cancel Your Trip prior to departure for a covered Unforeseen reason; including cancellation or change fees. 

Trip Cancellation must be due to one of the following Unforeseen reasons: 

  1. Your, a Family Member’s, a Traveling Companion’s, a Service Animal’s, or a Business Partner’s or a Traveling Companion’s Family Member’s covered Sickness or Injury, that: a) occurs before departure on Your Trip; b) requires Medical Treatment at the time of cancellation; and c) as certified by a Physician, results in medical restrictions so disabling as to cause Your Trip to be cancelled;

* An attending Physician’s Statement must be submitted for any Trip Cancellation claim due to sickness (including COVID-19).*

  1. If I, or a traveling companion, contract Coronavirus while traveling does the Policy provide medical coverage?
  2. Emergency Medical Treatment benefits may be available under the Policy if the Policyholder contracts the virus while traveling regardless of the date of travel.  Additionally, Emergency Medical Evacuation benefits may be available if it is determined that transportation to a higher level of care is necessary as a result of contracting the virus while traveling.
  3. If I, or a traveling companion, have a note from a Doctor advising against travel due to underlying medical conditions that create risk for contracting Coronavirus, am I covered?
  4. Being advised against travel by a Doctor because an underlying medical condition may put you at a higher risk for contracting coronavirus alone may not be a covered reason under the Trip Cancellation benefit.  You, or a traveling companion, must have a documented sickness (including COVID-19) for which you are receiving medical treatment which prevents you from traveling during your vacation reservation stay dates.
  5. If I, or a traveling companion, want to cancel the vacation travel because of a concern, hesitancy, unwillingness, or fear of traveling due to the coronavirus, am I covered?
  6. A concern, hesitancy, unwillingness, or fear of traveling due to the coronavirus is not a covered event under the Trip Cancellation or Trip Interruption benefits.
  7. If a county, state, or local government restricts access to the intended vacation destination to local resident only, am I covered.
  8. Government ordered travel restrictions allowing access to local residents only, travel bans prohibiting travel, travel advisories against travel are not covered events under the Trip Cancellation or Trip Interruption benefits.  These government ordered restrictions, bans and advisories are not considered to be road closure. 
  9. If my, or a traveling companion’s, state, or my vacation destination, has implemented a “shelter in place” or a “stay at home” order, is that considered to be a quarantine and am I covered?
  10. There are no benefits under the policy for “shelter in place” or “stay at home” orders issued as they are not considered quarantines as defined by the CDC or the Code of Federal Regulations.  These orders are intended to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in a community.  Unlike quarantines that completely prohibit the movement of individuals, there are many exceptions provided under these orders that permit people to leave their homes for essential activities including (but not limited to) seeing a doctor for medical care, grocery shopping, pick up carry-out from restaurants, and outdoor exercising while practicing social distancing.  Furthermore, these circumstances do not require individuals to have been exposed to the virus and therefore required to be quarantined.

*Insurance coverages described above are underwritten by Arch Insurance Company NAIC #11150, under policy series LTP 2013 and endorsements thereto.  Policies are administered by Arch Insurance Solutions, 1-855-286-8349, CA License #0118111, TX License #1787195.  Your policy is the contract that specifically and fully describes your coverage.  Certain restrictions and exclusions apply and coverages may vary in certain states.  Please refer to your policy for detailed terms and conditions.*

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the World Health Organization’s website at https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 , or the CDC’s website at https://www.nc.cdc/gov/travel/notices/alert/novel-coronavirus-china, or consult your medical professional.

Ways to be safe on vacation on the Crystal Coast

Ways to Be Safe on Vacation on the Crystal Coast

Ways to be safe on vacation on the Crystal Coast

The state of North Carolina is currently operating under a three-stage phase to lift the restrictions across our state to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Like other towns and cities across the nation, restaurants, bars and non-essential shops are not open for normal business. Restaurants are offering curbside pick-up and delivery and some non-essential shops are offering pickup for online and Facebook purchases. In the past 30+ days, Bluewater has worked very hard to adjust our business practices to best protect our guests, our owners and our staff.

How this vacation might be different

Our local stores are experiencing shortages just like other stores nationwide.
It would be best to bring the following items with you:
  • Toilet Paper and Paper Towels
  • Cleaning supplies you might need during your stay
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Non perishable food from home you would like to enjoy on vacation like: pasta noodles, pasta sauce, rice, etc.
If you would feel more comfortable with your own personal bedding, we invite you to bring your personal comforters, blankets, and pillows.

Ways to maximize your Crystal Coast Vacation

Bring plenty of games and toys for extra entertainment such as: 

  • Board Games, Deck of Cards, Arts and Crafts
  • Video Games and Movies
  • A new book or an old favorite
  • Yoga Mats, tennis shoes & workout gear for online classes 
  • Become an amateur photographer by packing a camera! 
  • Fishing Rods 
  • Binoculars for some dolphin spotting
  • Download Tik Tok & go viral 

Get as much exercise and Vitamin D while on vacation. Don’t forget, when setting up at the beach, ensure that you are keeping a safe distance from the people around you. We suggest 20 feet apart from each other to allow yourself plenty of space.

We have provided you with a list of 200 ways to enjoy your Crystal Coast vacation while social distancing

You can still enjoy the coastal fare! Here are local restaurants that are offering curbside pick-up and or delivery. 

Host an indoor Scavenger Hunt from your vacation rental! Participate in our Coloring Contest and email your submissions!

How Bluewater is helping stop the spread

We have made adjustments to the operations of our business to protect our most valuable assets – our guests, our owners, and our staff.

To eliminate the foot traffic in our offices, we have made some changes to our check-in and check-out procedures. We are offering keyed check-ins pickup outside of our offices. You will not need to leave your car when picking up your key packet. When you are departing, we have drop boxes at each office to drop your key packets off. Keyless check-ins will continue directly to your vacation rental property and bypass the office. Keyless check-ins will continue directly to your vacation rental and use your keyless code to access your vacation rental property beginning at your check-in time.

We are continuing to provide bed linens and bath towels that have been laundered in our linen facility and our staff is continuing to follow CDC guidelines.

Our housekeeping staff is taking extra precautions by assuring that each property is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized by using top-of-the-line cleaning supplies and following strict protocols to ensure all rental units are safe and clean. We are ensuring our staff is staying well-informed and updated with any changes, and following all CDC guidelines.

How you can help stop the spread

Try to stay in your vacation rental home, enjoy the beach, partake in outdoor activities, ride bikes on the bike path, pick up food from the local restaurants all while avoiding the public and practicing social distance. 

Order your groceries ahead of time and choose pickup instead of going inside the grocery store. These local grocery stores are offering grocery pickup: WalMart in Swansboro and Morehead City, Harris Teeter in Morehead City and Lowes Foods in Cape Carteret.

If you have any questions or concerns during your stay – please contact our offices by phone, email and/or text. While our offices remain open, we are asking everyone to not physically come into our offices so that our employees and other guests can remain healthy. 

Get in touch with us without coming to the office

EMAIL US

Rentals@bluewaternc.com

CALL US

(877) 684-9921

TEXT US

Reservations: 252-429-5447 

Linens: 252-429-5494

Housekeeping: 252-429-5464

Maintenance: 252-429-5441

**These numbers only accept text messages, no phone calls.

Vacation Safe on the Crystal Coast web

COVID-19 Update #17 – 04.28.20

PRESS RELEASE April 27, 2020 Town of Emerald Isle: COVID-19 Updates

Press Release
April 27, 2020
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 at www.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 28, 2020 TOWN OF ATLANTIC BEACH COVID-19 UPDATE

AB PLANS PHASED RE-OPENING WITH RESTRICTIONS

The Town of Atlantic Beach 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.

April 30

  • Voluntary Self Quarantine lifted
  • Ban on travel from outside of Carteret County to Atlantic Beach for recreation lifted
  • Public Beach Accesses Open
  • Limited Public Parking on New Bern Avenue Open
  • Limited Public Parking on Henderson Blvd. Open
  • The Circle Streets Open to Traffic
  • Limited Public Parking Open (street only) at The Circle
  • Public Parking Lots at The Circle Remain Closed
  • Public Bathrooms Remain Closed

May 8

  • Ban on Short Term Hotel/Motel Rentals Lifted
  • Previously Booked Rentals, Between April 30-May 8, Allowed

May 15 

  • New Bern Ave and Henderson Avenue Public Spaces Fully Open
  • Paid Parking Begins at All Public Spaces
  • All Public Parking Lots Opened
  • Town Lifeguard Service Begins
  • Beach Access Public Restrooms Opened

May 22 

  • Town Park Opens
  • Mini Golf and Splash Pad Opens

Note: Restaurants & Bars are subject to the Governor’s Executive Order & will not reopen until issued to do so by the State.

This plan is subject to change without notice based on progress made in limiting the effect of the coronavirus while maintaining COVID-19 safeguards and orders issued by Gov. Cooper. AB Police and Lifeguards are instructed to enforce social distancing and no large group gatherings.

MUNICIPAL FACILITY CLOSINGS

The Atlantic Beach Town Hall (125 West Fort Macon Road) has limited public access. Although facilities are closed, the work of the Town continues uninterrupted through the COVID-19 response.

Atlantic Beach residents and guests can access the Town’s full array of online resources at www.atlanticbeach-nc.com. Summer Parking Permits and Reentry Permit applications are available online. Utility customers may drop off payments in the drop box at Town Hall. Town Staff is currently checking the dropbox throughout the day. Paperwork and building permit application drop-offs by appointment. The Town will mail acknowledgments and receipts upon request.

Anyone with questions or concerns is encouraged to call the Town Hall main number 252-726-2121 or email tab@atlanticbeach-nc.com. Staff will reply promptly during normal business hours.

The Town of Atlantic Beach will continuously monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates to the public and media via our website and social media sites.

For press inquiries, contact David Walker, Town Manager at 252-726-2121 or townmanager@atlanticbeach-nc.com.

Town of Emerald Isle Press Release 4.16.20 | Allowing Recreational Water Access in Emerald Isle

Town of Emerald Isle Press Release 4.16.20 | Allowing Recreational Water Access in Emerald Isle

Press Release
April 16, 2020
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.
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For press inquiries, contact:
Matt Zapp, Town Manager

COVID-19 Update #16 – 04.11.20

Press Releases from each of these towns: Town of Emerald Isle, Town of Atlantic Beach and the Town of Pine Knoll Shores.

Emerald Isle

Proclamation Enumerating Certain Prohibitions & Restrictions Imposed During a State of Emergency – April 9, 2020

DECLARATION OF THE MAYOR OF EMERALD ISLE
ENUMERATING CERTAIN PROHIBITIONS & RESTRICTIONS
IMPOSED DURING A STATE OF EMERGENCY

In accordance with the provisions of Chapter 7, Emergency Management, of the Emerald Isle Town Code, Section 7-1 – State of Emergency, and Section 7-2 –Prohibitions, Restrictions Authorized, a State of Emergency has been declared to exist in the Town of Emerald Isle.

WHEREAS, by Proclamation the Mayor declared a State of Emergency for the Town of Emerald Isle on March 19, 2020 as a result of the threat to the health, safety and welfare of the community from the coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic; and

WHEREAS, subsequently, public health authorities at the local, state and national levels have urged citizens to stay home as a means of slowing or thwarting the spread of the virus; and

WHEREAS, subsequently, the Governor of North Carolina has issued a mandatory shelter in place order; and

WHEREAS, transient visitors from areas in the state or nation with high infection rates, shall remain sheltered in their primary state or area of residence, so to limit the spread of the virus; and

WHEREAS, travel from outside Carteret County for outdoor or leisure activities within Emerald Isle is not considered essential travel and his hereby prohibited.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED AND DECLARED by Eddie Barber, Mayor of the Town of Emerald Isle that:

Self-Quarantine Requirements. Effective commencing at 11:59 PM on Thursday, April 9, 2020, all residents and non-residents of Emerald Isle arriving for overnight stays are ordered, while present in Emerald Isle, to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days if such arrival was preceded by an overnight stay outside of Carteret County.

The only exceptions to this provision are those who are performing Essential Services or Essential Government Services as those capitalized terms are defined in that certain Revised Proclamation of the Chairman of the Carteret County Board of Commissioners dated March 27, 2020.

This the 9th day of April 2020 at 2:00 PM.

Eddie Barber, Mayor

END OF PRESS RELEASE FROM THE TOWN OF EMERALD ISLE

Atlantic Beach

APRIL 9, 2020
TOWN OF ATLANTIC BEACH COVID-19 UPDATE

Today Mayor Trace Cooper has added to our State of Emergency Declaration.

Effective 11:59 PM on Thursday, April 9, 2020, all residents and non-residents of Atlantic Beach arriving for overnight stays are ordered, while present in Atlantic Beach, to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days if such arrival was preceded by an overnight stay outside of Carteret County.

The only exceptions to this provision are those who are performing Essential Services or Essential Government Services as those capitalized terms are defined in that certain Revised Proclamation of the Chairman of the Carteret County Board of Commissioners dated March 27, 2020.

View the full Declaration HERE.

Pine Knoll Shores

Supplemental Emergency Order
Coronavirus (COVID 19)
ENUMERATING CERTAIN PROHIBITIONS & RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED DURING A STATE OF EMERGENCY

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, I as Mayor of the Town of Pine Knoll Shores, declared a state of emergency within the city limits of the town as a result of the threat to the health, safety and welfare of the community from the coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic; and

WHEREAS, subsequently, public health authorities at the local, state and national levels have urged citizens to stay home as a means of slowing or thwarting the spread of the virus; and

WHEREAS, subsequently, the Governor of North Carolina has issued a mandatory shelter in place order; and

WHEREAS, persons from areas in the state or nation with high infection rates, should remain sheltered in their primary state or area of residence, so to limit the spread of the virus; and

WHEREAS, I am determining that travel from outside Carteret County for outdoor or leisure activities within Pine Knoll Shores is not considered essential travel and is hereby prohibited.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED AND DECLARED pursuant to N.C. General Statutes §§166A-19.22 and 166A-19.31 and Chapter 18 of the Pine Knoll Shores Town Code, the Declaration of State of Emergency I issued on March 13, 2020 is amended to include the following:

1. Self-Quarantine Requirements. Effective commencing at 11:59 PM on Sunday, April 12, 2020, all residents and non-residents of Pine Knoll Shores arriving for overnight stays are ordered, while present in Pine Knoll Shores, to self-quarantine for a period of 14 consecutive days if such arrival was preceded by an overnight stay outside of Carteret County.

“Self-quarantine,” as used herein means to remain at all times within the interior of the person’s living quarters and to not receive any visitors within the living quarters other than members of the person’s immediate family.

Exempted from self- quarantine are:

(a) travel for the sole purpose of seeking crucial medical attention,

(b) escaping a life- threatening emergency within the living quarters,
(c) receiving emergency service from first responders within the living quarters,

(d) Individuals employed in the following fields when needed to work during the quarantine:

i. Healthcare
ii. Law enforcement
iii Fire & EMS personnel
iv Long term care personnel
v Residential support facility personnel
vi Public health & emergency management personnel
vii Utilities
viii Military
ix News media

Physical shopping trips whether for groceries or other items are not permitted during self-quarantine and no outdoor activities are permitted for the person under self-quarantine.

2. Registration of Persons Subject to Self- Quarantine. Those persons arriving after 11:59PM on Sunday, April 12, 2020 who are subject to self-quarantine are ordered to email PKS Police Chief Ryan Thompson at rthompson@townofpks.com, or to call him at 252-247-2474, and provide the following information
a) List of names of all arriving in Pine Knoll Shores
b) Address where you will be residing
c) Where you are coming from
d) Expected length of stay
e) Phone Number where you can be reached

3. Curfew. Effective Thursday after 11:59 PM on Thursday, April 9, 2020 a curfew will take effect each night between the hours of 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM within the corporate limits of the Town of Pine Knoll Shores and during the curfew it shall be unlawful for any person(s) to be at any location other than their place of residence for any purpose, with the following exceptions:

a) A place of work deemed essential under Governor Cooper’s Executive Order Number 121, and travel to and from such place of work.

b) Travel for emergency medical attention.

c) Travel along Hwy 58.

4. Travel Restrictions. Travel to and within the Town of Pine Knoll Shores is limited to Carteret County property owners and their immediate family members or members of their households with which they typically reside with the following exceptions:

a) Persons who are traveling in a manner consistent with Governor Cooper’s Executive Order Number 121.

b) Through travel/through traffic shall not be restricted on any state-maintained roadway (NC 58).

c) Travel to and from essential businesses and for essential purposes as defined in Governor Cooper’s Executive Order Number 121 shall not be restricted.

d) Persons who reside in a property that is rented so long as the rental term is longer than 30 days.

Travel permitted in this section shall have no effect on the requirement of self-quarantine in section 1 above.

This the 9th day of April 2020 at 8:00 PM.


For the most up to date information being released by each individual town, please visit these sites, and please check them often. Most towns offer an email sign up that you will be alerted by email directly from the town once they release any information.

Town of Emerald Isle: https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/

Town of Atlantic Beach: http://atlanticbeach-nc.com/town/

Town of Pine Knoll Shores http://www.townofpks.com/

Town of Indian Beach: https://www.indianbeach.org/

Town of Beaufort: https://www.beaufortnc.org/

Town of Morehead City: https://moreheadcitync.org/

Town of Cedar Point: https://www.cedarpointnc.org/

Town of Cape Carteret: http://www.townofcapecarteret.org/

Easter Themed indoor or outdoor activities for kids

Easter Themed: A Dozen EGGS-ERCISES

Easter Themed Indoor or Outdoor Activities for Kids: A Dozen EGGS-ERCISES

Are you on the hunt for Easter themed indoor and outdoor activities for kids?

Unfortunately, none of us will be able to celebrate Easter this year like we normally do. But, that does not mean we can not find new ways to celebrate in our “new normal” life. At Bluewater, we have been working on creating Easter themed activities to do at home with the kids! Whether you need to host your egg hunt indoors or you have the opportunity to go outside in your yard, this activity is filled with kid styled “eggs-ercises” that are perfect to get the kids moving, break up that cabin fever and add some holiday fun to their day!

  1. First – gather up twelve plastic Easter eggs from around the house
  2. Print off the Easter Themed Indoor or Outdoor Activities for Kids: A Dozen EGGS-ERCISES list that can be found on this page
  3. Cut each of the twelve activities from the paper into strips
  4. Place one activity into each of your plastic eggs
  5. Hide your eggs indoors or outdoors for the kids to hunt!
  6. Let the egg hunt begin!
  7. Once the kids find an egg, make them open it and do the activity that is found inside of the egg before they are able to look for their next egg

We hope your kids enjoy their “eggs-ercise” hunt as much as our little bunnies did!



PRINT YOUR EGGS-ERCISES HERE!


Easter Themed Indoor or Outdoor Activities for Kids

Our Marketing Manager’s, Jordan Daniels, daughter outside finding her eggs!



Easter Themed Indoor or Outdoor Activities for Kids

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.
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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

mzapp@emeraldisle-nc.org

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

mayorjones@townofpks.com

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!”

COVID-19 Update #14 – 3.30.20

Amended Proclamation: Mandatory Restriction on Short-Term Rentals in Carteret County – 3.30.2020