Face Coverings Must Be Worn In Indoor and Outdoor Public Spaces in North Carolina Where Social Distancing Cannot Be Maintained - More information available here.


Dare County Emergency Management is the lead role in preparing for and directing response to major emergencies and disasters , both natural and man-made within Dare County. The Department of Emergency Management is the local community based equivalent of the NC Division of Emergency Management Agency at the State level and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at the Federal level. It works closely with all agencies (public & private) before, during and after emergencies/disasters to provide the coordination of comprehensive protection of lives and property. 

Dare County Emergency Management has a full-time staff that receives specialized training in many varied fields. Like other public safety officials, staff members serve the community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 


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A Message from Chairman Bob Woodard

Post Date:06/22/2020 11:07 AM


Last week, Dare County and Town officials came together and updated the Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 to include a mandate that face coverings or masks must be worn in indoor and outdoor public spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained. The measure became effective Sunday, June 21 at 9 a.m.  

“Our decision that face coverings must now be worn in indoor and outdoor public spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained was unanimous, with myself and the mayors of all six towns in agreement,” remarked Woodard in the video. “It was clear that voluntary compliance with face covering recommendations has not been effective here in Dare County, which is why our local business owners had requested a stronger tool for compliance, for everyone’s safety.” 

“I assure you that local officials are keeping a close eye on the situation, receiving daily, sometimes hourly updates, and will continue to assess the situation, listen to our citizens and business owners, and come together, working to make decisions that are in the best interest of the entire community, to protect the health and safety of all,” said Woodard.

The video is available for streaming in its entirety on Dare County’s YouTube channel at It has also been shared on Dare County’s Twitter account @DareCountyGovt. The video will be broadcast on Current TV Government Channel 191 for local Spectrum TV customers. CurrentTV’s programming schedule and additional programming is available for viewing on-demand at

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