Cape Carteret implements curfew, imposes additional restrictions

The Town of Cape Carteret will implement additional restrictions on Friday to protect residents from the spread of the coronavirus.

Beginning Friday, the town’s state of emergency will be amended to include a curfew each night from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., with the following exceptions:

  • Gel to and from a place of work deemed essential,
  • Travel for essential purposes.

Travel to and within the town is limited to Carteret County property owners and their immediate family members or members of their households. Exceptions have been made:

  • Those traveling in a manner consistent with Governor Cooper’s stay-at-home order,
  • Through travel/through traffic will not be restricted on any state-maintained roadway (Highway 24, NC 58, Taylor Notion Road),
  • Travel to and from essential businesses and for essential purposes,
  • Those who reside in a property that is rented for longer than 30 days.

Retail establishments deemed “essential businesses” will limit occupancy to 50% of the total allowed per the Maximum Occupancy Placard.

The order encourages those who have traveled out-of-state or to a known COVID-19 hotspot are encouraged to self-quarantine, and short-term rentals have been prohibited.

Officials add that the Town Boat Ramp will remain open to pass-holders so long as everyone practices social distancing and limit groups to no greater than 10 people. Parks will also remain open to property owners who partake in social distancing.

Lastly, the amendment encourages property owners to wear face coverings when in public, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations.

The Town of Cape Carteret has released a list of frequently asked questions to address the changes:

Q: Why is the Town implementing these measures?

A; The Town is implementing strict standards to curb the spread of COVID-19 in our community. There are currently close to twenty confirmed COVID-19 cases in Carteret County as well as two fatalities: one of which was a Carteret County resident and the other which was an individual from out of State. Many of the confirmed cases are a result of community spread which underscores the significance of adhering to Governor Coopers Executive Order as well as local, state, and federal guidelines. The Town of Cape Carteret is committed to implementing measures to protect our residents. Carteret Health Care is a small community hospital with 120 beds and an influx of visitors from outside of Carteret County could easily overwhelm the capacity of the local healthcare system. The Town’s goal is to help flatten the curb to the greatest extent possible to protect our local healthcare system.

Q: Are checkpoints going to be implemented along Highway 24, NC 58, or Taylor Notion Road and will through traffic be restricted on these roadways?

A: No, the Town does not anticipate implementing any checkpoints currently. Travelers will still be able to pass through Cape Carteret on state-maintained roadways (Highway 24, NC 58, and Taylor Notion Road) so long as their travel is consistent with the Governor’s Executive Order No. 121. Travelers who do not own property within the Town of Cape Carteret or who are not accessing an essential business or performing an essential function should not enter the residential areas of the Town.

Q: Are Re-Entry passes required at this time?

A: We are not requiring re-entry passes at the present time for this event. We do not anticipate this decision changing. We do encourage residents to continue to secure re-entry passes prior to the hurricane season.

Q: How do these measures impact the operation of my essential business?

A: To further promote social distancing essential businesses shall limit their occupancy to 50% of the maximum allowed people as listed on the Maximum Occupancy Placard for their business.

Q: Is the Town Boat Ramp still open?

A: The Town Boat Ramp will remain open between the hours of 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM until further notice. We encourage you to practice social distancing when utilizing the boat ramp and to limit your guests to your immediate family members to the greatest extent feasible.

Q: I am a property owner/second homeowner and I would like to have my extended family come down to visit can they still come and visit?

A: While we understand everyone’s desire to visit with family and loved ones during this difficult time, we must balance these interests with the safety and health of our community. We are limiting travel to Cape Carteret to property owners and their immediate family members only currently. We greatly appreciate everyone’s cooperation in this matter.

Q: Are Town Parks still open?

A: Yes, town parks will remain open. We ask that you practice social distancing measures and abide by the Governor’s Executive Order when utilizing town parks.

Q: What are the hours for the curfew?

A: Monday – Sunday from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM until April 29th, 2020.

Q: My work schedule means that I have to travel to my home late at night can I still do this during the curfew?

A: Yes, travel to and from work at an essential business is permitted during the curfew.

Q: My primary place of residence is located outside of Carteret County can I still travel to my second home?

A: Yes, you can still travel to your second home, we encourage you to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days upon your arrival.

Q: I have recently traveled to a hotspot area out of state am I required to self-quarantine?

A: The Town strongly encourages individuals to self-quarantine if they have traveled out of State; or, to a known COVID-19 hotspot; or, outside of the United States. This self-quarantine is recommended to last for 14 days and travel should be limited to seeking medical care if necessary.

Q: Am I required to wear a face covering or mask when I am out in public?

A: No, you are not required to wear a face covering; however, we strongly advise that you wear a face mask or covering to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Q: How does this impact renters?

Rentals for terms longer than 30 days are not impacted, rentals for less than 30 days are prohibited.