Reentry for out-of-town Ocracoke property owners set for May 11

Ocracoke Island [Kari Pugh photo]

The Hyde County Board of Commissioners on Friday amended its local state of emergency order to extend the stay at home order until May 22, and lift the Ocracoke non-resident property owner entry restrictions on May 11.

“After careful consideration of all the data available to the county and public health officials,” Hyde County officials said they are beginning to implement plans to gradually relax the current restrictions while still protecting the safety of the community.

The first step in that process is to begin allowing Ocracoke non-resident property owners back to the island.

“The success of this process will greatly depend on everyone continuing to adhere to the social distancing guidelines and stay at home order,” the county said in a news release.

The following restrictions will remain in place and must be followed:

  • Hyde County’s Stay at Home Order has been extended to May 22.
  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Mass gatherings are limited to 10 or fewer individuals.
  • Travel should only be for essential needs.
  • Only have direct contact with members of your immediate household.

All essential retailers must adhere to the Governor’s Executive Order 131 and comply with restrictions on the number of individuals allowed entry based on square footage of space.

In addition to the above restrictions, individuals are urged to wear a mask or cloth face covering in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).

All non-resident property owners should bring their own supplies to sustain themselves in their homes as much as possible; including groceries, medication, paper products and other essentials.

Decisions regarding visitor access to Hyde County will be addressed at a future date to allow for the monitoring of resource availability and the county’s ability to conduct testing and contact tracing as necessary. County officials will continue to meet regularly to review the effectiveness of our mitigation efforts. The health and well-being of our community will continue to be the top priority as we move forward.

Information regarding entry to Mainland Hyde County can be found at

Information regarding entry to Ocracoke can be found at