COVID-19 Guidance & Resources

(Updated 5/27/21)

NTB Updates


Mayor McDermon issued a modified State of Emergency on 5/6/20. 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 is closed to the public effective December 1, 2020.

    • Staff will still report and will see citizens by appointment only.

    • Proper face coverings are required.

    • Please call town hall for assistance in scheduling an appointment: 910-328-1349. 

  • For those who wish to apply for a permit, please download the application materials here.

    • Either email them to our permit specialist, Kate Winzler, or place them in the drop box outside of town hall that will be checked daily.

    • If you prefer to pick up a hard copy application, please call (910) 328-1349 and request one from the permitting specialist.

  • Due to the state's easing of restrictions on indoor gatherings, the public is invited to attend meetings in person at the North End Fire Station at 2049 New River Inlet Road. Following Governor Cooper's Executive Order No. 209, the Board requests citizens to please wear a mask at the meeting.

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
  • Please wear a mask in public spaces if not vaccinated.

  • 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

Onslow County Vaccine Program

All those aged 16 and older can call the Onslow County Citizens Phone Bank to register for an appointment for vaccination. 


Citizens Phone Bank


Open 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday, except for holidays. 

More information here

N.C. Statewide Requirements

North Carolina has lifted all capacity limits/social distancing requirements and most mask requirements. Employers, business owners, and local governments may still require face coverings and social distancing. Masks are still required in childcare, healthcare, and public transportation settings.The Order will remain in effect through June 11, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

FAQ | Guidance on Face Coverings


  • 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

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. 

General Guidance

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.