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
North Carolina transitioned into Phase 3 on Friday, October 2, 2020. This phase will last until at least December 4, 2020, unless the Governor repeals, replaces, or rescinds his executive order by another executive order.
Under this phase, vulnerable populations are encouraged to stay at home. Per the Governor’s first Phase 3 Executive Order most folks still must wear face coverings/masks in indoor and outdoor public places where social distancing is not possible. The age requirement for masks under Phase 3 includes children down to age 5. Mass gathering limits remain 50 for outdoors but will go back down to 10 people indoors on November 13, 2020. FAQ’s about the first Phase 3 Executive Order can be found HERE.
On November 23, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper issued additional COVID-19 safety measures to tighten mask requirements and enforcement as cases continue to rise rapidly in North Carolina and across the country. Executive Order No. 180 goes into effect on Wednesday, November 25, and runs through Friday, December 11.
In addition to extending Phase 3 capacity limits and safety requirements, the Order tightens the existing statewide mask requirement – making it clear that everyone needs to wear a mask whenever they are with someone who is not from the same household. The Order also adds the mask requirement to several additional settings including any public indoor space even when maintaining 6 feet of distance; gyms even when exercising; all schools public and private; and all public or private transportation when traveling with people outside of the household.
The Order also requires large retail businesses with more than 15,000 square feet to have an employee stationed near entrances ensuring mask wearing and implementing occupancy limits for patrons who enter.
On Friday, October 9, 2020, Bald Head Island Transportation, Inc. (BHIT) released a statement indicating that the NC Utilities Commission granted permission to increase the number of passengers per ferry voyage to 100. In order to maintain 100 passengers per ferry, BHIT needs your help and cooperation by:
- Wearing your mask while you are in line and inside the passenger boarding areas at Deep Point and on the Island.
- Waiting six foot apart and washing your hands frequently.
- And being kind and courteous to all as we get through this together.
The Village also strongly recommends that folks continue to practice the 3 W’s while in public and to be courteous to others.
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 email@example.com. 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