Non-resident property owners, workers must apply for entry passes to Ocracoke

Ocracoke Island [Kari Pugh photo]

On March 23, 2020 the Hyde County Board of Commissioners amended the state of emergency order restricting access to Ocracoke.

To limit the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible, while still allowing for rebuilding efforts to continue, non- resident property owners that are not actively working on critical repairs of their homes or businesses are no longer being permitted entry to Ocracoke. If you are a contractor working on Ocracoke properties, you will still be permitted to access. If you can wait to work on your property, please do.

Moving forward, these two classes of people, workers and non-resident property owners, will need to submit an online application to be issued a temporary permit to access the island. If you are a non-resident property owner and are not actively working on rebuilding efforts, you will be denied a permit. If you meet the above criteria, you can fill out an application here http://www.hydecountync.gov/ocracoke-covid.

You can also visit this page for updated information on Ocracoke entry throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Ocracoke entry will be restricted to the following priorities:

PRIORITY I
Hyde County/State Requested Resources Hyde County Emergency Personnel Medical/Clinic
National Park Service
Hyde County Employees
Hyde County School System Employees/Staff
Code Enforcement Officers/Inspectors
Department of Transportation
Power Company
Hyde County Debris Removal Contractors or Subcontractors Hyde County Debris Monitoring Contractor Sanitation/Garbage Disposal
Mail and Parcel Delivery

PRIORITY II
Insurance Adjusters Contractors Distributors/Suppliers/Vendors Volunteers

PRIORITY III
Ocracoke Residents
Ocracoke Business Owners and Employees Ocracoke Temporary Entry Certificate Holders
All contractors, insurance adjusters, and state missions will be validated by Hyde County and a temporary pass will be issued. A list of passes issued will be provided to NCDOT Ferry Division on a continual basis.

Individuals seeking entry must have the appropriate Hyde County issued re-entry tag or a valid North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Ferry Division issued priority pass. Expired Hyde County re-entry tags will be honored as an acceptable means of establishing priority for this event.

The Hyde County re-entry tag colors now allowed access are as follows:
1. Emergency Personnel (Red) 2. Infrastructure (Yellow)
3. Resident (Green)

If a commuter fails to produce the aforementioned credentials, they will be required to show evidence of residency in Hyde County or hold a temporary re-entry pass issued by Hyde County.

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