If you are on Bald Head Island and are symptomatic and have been told by a physician that you need to be tested, please call 911. As always, tell the 911 operator that you are on Bald Head Island. This will ensure that if you are symptomatic and in need of testing that Public Safety can coordinate your care with the least amount of exposure to others. If you think you are sick, please do not come directly to the Public Safety building.
The Village has protocols in place to ensure that known or suspected cases will be isolated and appropriate precautions are taken by Public Safety Officers. The Village is following CDC, NC Department of Health & Human Services (NCDHHS), and County Health Service guidelines.
The Village’s Response
On March 19, 2020, the Village of Bald Head Island declared a State of Emergency which included a Voluntary Evacuation of Bald Head Island. Since that time, the Village amended its original State of Emergency (SOE). The fourth amendment enacted the expiration of the Village’s original State of Emergency on May 27, 2020. The State of North Carolina’s Executive Orders remain in effect and continue to restrict some activities within the Village. These orders also affect the ferry system for more information regarding the ferries and trams, CLICK HERE.
A link to each amendment can be found below.Original Village State of Emergency Proclamation – 3/19/2020 First Amendment to SOE – 3/30/2020 Second Amendment to SOE – 4/17/2020 Third Amendment to SOE – 4/28/2020 Fourth Amendment to SOE – 5/15/2020
North Carolina’s Response
On May 14, 2021, Governor Cooper announced that the state was completely lifting most mandatory mask mandates, all mandatory capacity, gathering limits, and social distancing requirements, effective immediately through Executive Order 215. In this order, the mask mandate remains in effect on public transportation (which means the Bald Head Island Transportation, Inc. ferries and trams), in child care, in schools, in prisons, and in certain public health settings. The state continues to recommend that unvaccinated people wear masks and is strongly urging them to get vaccinated.
The original order was set to expire on June 11, 2021, but was extended through July 30, 2021, via Executive Order 220.
View the FAQs HERE.
Brunswick County Health Services announced on May 13, 2021, that it is now vaccinating everyone 12 and up. For more information, view the County’s media release HERE. The State’s vaccine finder at myspot.nc.gov also provides information on where folks can receive a shot. More information about vaccines can be found at YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov. The State’s vaccine finder at myspot.nc.gov provides information on where folks can receive a shot. More information about vaccines can be found at YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov.
On April 14, 2021, the NC Utilities Commission issued an ORDER allowing the motion filed by Bald Head Island Transportation, Inc. to resume ferry operations at full capacity but otherwise maintain operating policies in response to COVID-19. The Village sent THIS LETTER to the North Carolina Utilities Commission last week in support of Bald Head Island Transportation Inc.’s MOTION.
On June 23, 2021, the NC Utilities Commission issued an ORDER making the mask requirements on BHI ferries consistent with US Coast Guard and Governor’s Orders for public transportation, masks will continue to be required if seated inside the cabin area and not required if seated outside of the cabin.
Count on Me NC
As the state moves through its phased approach and restrictions are lifted, the Village is assisting Brunswick County and NC Cooperative Extension in getting the word out about “Count on Me NC.” This is a free, voluntary program offered state-wide that provides relevant training guidance to business owners as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. It also involves customers who can pledge their support in protecting employees and fellow patrons.
Click HERE for more information about Count on Me NC.
How to get more information about COVID-19
As this evolving situation progresses, the Village will be doing its best to provide the most up-to-date information as it pertains to the Village of Bald Head Island. This information will be distributed using the Village’s Voice e-newsletter and announcements. If you do not receive the Village’s e-newsletter and announcements, CLICK HERE to sign up.
In addition to the Village’s Voice, we suggest that you seek the latest updates from Brunswick County, the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We strongly suggest that you follow the guidelines that are provided by these agencies as they apply to ALL OF US and are subject to change as more information is learned about this new virus.
Below are links to the COVID-19 web pages from each of the most credible sources:CDC NC Department of Health & Human Services Brunswick County
CLICK HERE to receive regular announcements from Brunswick County on COVID-19. This will include updates on the case numbers and testing numbers for the County.
If you have any questions about COVID-19 please contact the following:
Brunswick County Public Health Call Line and email dedicated to coronavirus: 1-910-253-2339 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
NC Public Health line is available for questions after hours and on weekends: 1-866-462-3821