April 29, 2020
On Wednesday, April 29, 2020 county commissioners removed several restrictions in place related to the state of emergency created to combat Coronavirus spread. In the original state of emergency, all beach access areas were closed, restaurants and non-essential businesses were closed, non-resident visitor travel to the area was forbidden, and short-term rentals to incluse hotel and motel rooms, vacation rentals, and campsites was forbidden.
On April 29, all of those restrictions were removed except for non-essential restaurants re-opening. The county is essentially back open.
Since the announcement, many people feel like removing these restrictions will create a second wave of Coronavirus cases and harm public health efforts and overwhelm healthcare resources.
Others believe that closing the county was doing more harm to the economy than the small number of cases in Carteret County.
What is your opinion?