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Destination Updates - COVID-19 Travel Information

Updated April 28, 2021.

Governor Roy Cooper has issued Executive Order 209 further easing COVID-19 restrictions effective April 30 at 5 pm and extending to June 1. See FAQ here

The wearing of face coverings is required while indoors in public spaces. Effective April 30 face coverings will no longer be required in outdoors settings. Social distance requirements do not apply to household members.

All of our beaches and towns are open and are welcoming visitors to our beautiful shores. The health and safety of our visitors and residents continue to be top priorities for area businesses and officials. Mass gatherings are limited to no more than 100 people indoors and 200 outdoors - see additional information below. Social distancing rules remain in place. Frequent hand washing and sanitizing of surfaces continues to be important. Area businesses have enhanced their cleaning protocols following state and CDC guidelines for your safety.



We recommend checking attraction websites before visiting. 

Movie theaters, auditoriums, sports arenas/fields, reception spaces, and conference centers may operate at 50% capacity subject to masks and social distancing. 

A wedding reception, hosted in a reception hall, conference room, or other meeting space has a 50% maximum occupancy limit, with no overarching occupancy cap. Wedding ceremonies and other worship, religious, and spiritual gatherings are not subject to a limit on attendees but social distancing is encouraged. 

Museums and aquariums may operate at 100% capacity subject to masks and social distancing.  

Recreation, fitness facilities, pools, and amusement parks may operate at 75% capacity indoors and outdoors 100% subject to masks and social distancing.  


Restaurants are permitted to provide indoor dine-in service at 75% capacity and outdoor dine-in service at 100% subject to masks and social distancing. In restaurants, guests are required to wear face coverings at their table unless they are actively eating or drinking. To find restaurants offering takeout, drive-thru, and delivery services - see our Takeout and Delivery page. You can also enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery with your meal with our outdoor and waterfront dining options throughout the county. You may wish to call ahead or visit restaurant websites and social media for details and hours of operation. 

Breweries, wineries, and distilleries may operate at 75% indoor capacity and at 100% outdoor capacity subject to masks and social distancing.

Bars may operate at 50% of capacity subject to masks and social distancing.


Golf courses are open and have implemented social distancing requirements. 


Please help protect and respect the health of fellow visitors and residents. Follow the three Ws when you visit any public area: Wear a cloth face covering; Wait six feet apart to avoid close contact and maintain appropriate social distancing between yourself and others; Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.

For your safety and the safety of others, travel is discouraged if you are sick or have been recently exposed to the novel coronavirus/COVID-19. 

Please read further for more information and helpful links. Your patience and understanding is appreciated while we all navigate these unprecedented circumstances.


Prevent Getting Sick - Protecting Yourself and Others link.

Travel in the United States link.

How to wear cloth face coverings link.


How to wear a face mask safely infographic