Town of Beaufort begins entry checkpoint Thursday

Beginning Thursday, entry into the Town of Beaufort will be limited in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Town leaders say the Beaufort Police Department will be operating an entry checkpoint on Turner Street near US-70.

Town officials say entry is permitted for those who meet any of these criteria:

  • Residing in Carteret County full-time, year-round;
  • Sheltering in place in Beaufort, and nowhere else, as of March 31;
  • Engaging in essential Business, outdoor service, or essential government service in Beaufort, as identified in the town’s stay at home proclamation;
  • Providing necessary care for a Beaufort resident.

To gain entry into the Town of Beaufort, each adult in a vehicle must provide one of the following forms of documentation:

  • Valid NC driver’s license (or other government-issued ID) with a Carteret County address,
  • COVID-19 Entry Pass issued by the Town of Beaufort (apply at,
  • Proof you are engaging in essential business, outdoor service, or essential government service.

Examples of proof can include pay stubs, employment letters, identification badges, appointment cards, summons and more. A full list can be found online.

Without proper identification, officials say those wishing to enter the Town of Beaufort will be denied entry.

At the checkpoint, those wishing to enter Beaufort must follow these rules, or officials say they will be denied entry:

  • Remain in your vehicle at all times. Do not approach the police officers.
  • Close all windows.
  • Hold documentation up to the closed window, on the side the officer approaches. If there are questions, follow instructions from the officer on how to proceed.

Those with questions or who would like to apply for an Entry Pass are asked to contact

The Town of Beaufort previously declared a State of Emergency on March 17 due to the unprecedented public health threat posed by COVID-19, and a stay at home proclamation became effective on March 25. Officials say all restrictions and orders will remain in effect until April 29 unless modified, extended or rescinded.