COVID-19 Guidance & Resources

(Updated 9/2/20)

NTB Updates


Mayor McDermon issued a modified State of Emergency on 5/6. Included are the following measures:


  • Short-term rentals and public beach parking are open. 

  • The Board of Aldermen strongly encourages adherence to social distancing guidelines and the restriction of non-essential travel. 

  • Face coverings are strongly encouraged. While not specifically required, we recommend reading this article for guidance on face coverings at the beach. 


State of Emergency Declarations

5/6/20    |    4/24/20    |    4/14/20    |    3/23/20    |    3/21/20   |   3/20/20 




Town Hall re-opened to the public on Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 with modified procedures. Anyone wishing to enter the building must wear a mask, all person-to-person interaction will take place at the reception window, and the drop box will continue to be available.

To adhere to state social distancing restrictions, all Board of Aldermen meetings will be held virtually until further notice. To view the livestream, please visit the Town's YouTube channel.  To participate in the open forum, please email the Town Clerk your written comment by noon the day of the meetings. 

Questions? Call NTB at (910) 328-1349 or email us.


Guidance for Rental Agencies and Property Owners

We must remain vigilant to protect the health and safety of our community. The Board urges rental agencies and property owners to rigorously follow the guidance from NCDHHS regarding cleaning practices and protocols.

We recommend providing the below documents to your renters, either through print or email. These documents summarize the rules, restrictions and guidance all visitors must follow during their stay in North Topsail Beach. 

Guidance for Visitors
  • If you are visiting here on vacation, please realize, some items may not be in stock at local businesses during your stay. There are shortages just as you experience in your home town.   Please plan ahead. 

  • Please wear a mask in public spaces.

  • Please maintain frequent hand-washing, especially before eating or after being in public spaces, and refrain from touching your face.

  • Please limit interaction with anyone outside of your household.  Please avoid gatherings of more than 10 people and maintain a distance of at least six feet.

  • For high risk populations (aged 65+, immune condition or chronic illness), stay home as much as possible.

  • If you begin to feel sick, even with mild cold symptoms, please stay at home.

FAQ   |   Complete Information for Visitors

N.C. Statewide Safer at Home Order

On Sep. 1, Gov. Roy Cooper announced a careful step forward, moving North Carolina into “Safer At Home Phase 2.5" restrictions, beginning 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, until at least Oct. 2 in Executive Order 163. Mask mandates and other prevention methods remain in effect.

FAQ | Guidance on Face Coverings | Trends

FAQs & Answers
from NCDHHS and CDC

What is a coronavirus? What is COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illness in animals and humans. Human coronaviruses commonly circulate in the United States and usually cause mild illnesses like the common cold. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a disease that was identified in Wuhan, China, and is now spreading throughout the world. Learn more about COVID-19 from NCDHHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

How does it spread and what can I do to prevent it from spreading?

COVID-19  is most often spread through the air by coughing or sneezing, through close personal contact (including touching and shaking hands), or through touching your nose, mouth or eyes before washing your hands.

Follow these common-sense measures to protect yourself and others from spreading viruses, including COVID-19:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

  • Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.

Everyone in North Carolina should follow the latest recommendations from NCDHHS to reduce and slow the spread of infection.

Can you get COVID-19 from touching contaminated objects?

Possibly, if you touch a surface with the virus on it, and then touch your mouth, nose or eyes. However, this is not likely to be the main way the virus spreads. Regularly clean high-touch surfaces and avoid touching your face. 

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu. They are:

  • Cough

  • Fever

  • Shortness of breath

  • Chills

  • Repeated shaking with chills

  • Sore throat

  • Muscle pain

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

COVID-19 typically causes mild to moderate respiratory illness. Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms that do not require hospitalization, although there have been reports of severe illness with a small percentage resulting in death. Respiratory symptoms alone are not an indicator for COVID-19. If you suspect you have COVID-19, please read this NCDHHS Fact Sheet.

Can COVID-19 be spread before someone has symptoms?

People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. To reduce the risk of spreading or contracting COVID-19, refrain from close contact with others, which is defined as being within 6 feet of a person for more than 10 minutes. 


Slow the spread and #FlattenTheCurve to protect vulnerable populations, even if you are otherwise young and/or healthy.


  • Wash hands frequently for 20 seconds, especially before eating or after being out in public.

  • Regularly disinfect high-touch surfaces, such as door knobs and light switches

  • Work from home as much as possible.

  • Avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people.

  • Practicing social distancing as much as possible, which includes minimizing contact and staying at least six feet from others. 

  • For high risk populations (aged 65+, immune condition or chronic illness), stay home as much as possible.

  • Wear a cloth face covering if you must leave your home. (NOTE: Face coverings are NOT a replacement for social distancing. Continue social distancing even when wearing a mask).

  • If you begin to feel sick, even with mild cold symptoms, stay home.

  • Beware of scams and price gouging. Report them to NC DOJ.

  • There are no plans to close grocery stores, so please refrain from mass stock piling. People only need about two weeks worth of daily necessities and medications, in case they need to isolate. Leave some for others, especially those who can’t afford to buy a lot of food all at once.

  • Only head guidance and information from trusted sources, such as NCDHHS and CDC.


  • Read NCDHHS Fact Sheet

  • Screen your symptoms

  • Stay home if you have mild symptoms, such as fever and cough without shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. 

  • Call your doctor if you are a high-risk patient or think you may need medical care. 

  • Isolate yourself as much as possible, even from family members at home.

  • If you call 9-1-1, please let the dispatcher know your symptoms and exposure history so first responders can arrive with appropriate personal protective equipment to stop the virus from spreading to them.


  • Onslow County Health Department

    • General Questions: 910-989-5027

    • If you think you have COVID-19: 1-888-850-2684

    • Nonperishable food donations: 910-455-2747

    • Medical supply donations: 910-3474270

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North Topsail Beach, NC 28460
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