Hatteras, N.C. — People trying to escape the "safer-at-home" guidance of the coronavirus pandemic flocked to Cape Hatteras in greater numbers in June that in that month over the past 18 years.
Almost 400,000 people visited Cape Hatteras National Seashore in June 2020, the second-highest number of June visitors since 1953 and an increase of almost 4% over last year.
“The ease at which it is possible to remain socially distanced on area beaches may have helped contribute to the increased visitation last month,” stated National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac. “The Seashore offers 70 miles of undeveloped beaches for visitors to enjoy.”
While the seashore welcomes visitors, authorities issued these reminders for a safe stay:
- Check the rip current forecast before heading to the beach. Beach visitors can also sign up for ocean safety text messages by texting ‘Join OBXBeachConditions’ to 30890.
- Practice the three W’s – Wear a cloth face covering when social distancing cannot be maintained. Wait six feet apart in line. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Keep dogs on a minimum 6’ leash.
- Before driving on designated off-road vehicle (ORV) routes in your permitted vehicle, it is strongly recommended that tire pressure be lowered to at least 20 psi.
- Beach equipment must not be left on beaches overnight. Items left overnight on the beach are considered abandoned and are subject to removal.