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Wilmington, NC COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Updates

Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Kure Beach, Carolina Beach, State and Federal COVID-19 Updates

Below you will find information on vacation rental cancellations as well as local, state and federal links to stay up to date with all breaking news and closures in Wilmington, Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville Beaches surrounding COVID-19.  Bryant Real Estate vacation rental operations closed on Monday, March 30th at 5:00 pm. We are currently closed for public access and will remain so but are open and accepting reservations.  During this time, all normal lines of communication are open except walk up traffic, however, due to high volume, please understand our response time will be slower than normal.  For after hours emergencies our responses will be limited to prevent injury or damage to the properties only.  

The beach strands on Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville Beaches fully opened as of 5p, May 22nd.  View all state and local orders below as there are still restrictions on restaurant capacity, parking, gyms and several other activities.  Please note:  Although the NC Governor has opened community pools to 50% capacity in his Safer at Home Phase 2 order, open dates for communal pools and shared amenities are subject to the community Home Owners Association. Equipment rentals that are normally provided, such as tennis etc., may not be provided and/or available for guest use. 

Beginning Monday, March 30th, 2020, we began offering refunds as an option to guests with stays beginning March 31st and now through May 8th. 2020. This offer was extended to May 15th for anyone booked or previously booked at Kure beach.  These dates evolved over time.  If you previously canceled, and your original stay fell between those dates for the respective locations, whether you already rebooked a later stay, or had intended to, we were happy to extend a refund.  Administrative fees, taxes, and travel insurance were not refundable.  However, we were offering the administrative fee and taxes as a credit to your next stay within 12 months of your original booking.  To secure this refund, contact us at to simply provide your reservation number(s) and that you were requesting a refund.

Previously:  We lowered the restrictions of our cancellation policy and enabled you to reschedule your stay with us with no change/transaction fee; restrictions applied.  You had the option to reschedule your reservation to a new booking of equal or greater value at the same home from September 1, 2020 through stay dates in 2021.  To secure this flexibility, you simply had to cancel your stay at least one week before your scheduled arrival and by May 8th, 2020. You did not need to know your future dates, but we asked you to secure them as soon as you knew them.  If you canceled before May 8th, and met the criteria that was offered, this option was still available.  Find more information here.

Currently:  We have revised the policy and communicated new changes as our beach towns began to reopen, we are moving to the next phase.  While we will continue to work with guest to find solutions, our flexibility will inherently have to decrease as we move to this next phase.  You can find more information on the new offer here.  

As of April 28th, we re-enabled our auto payment system.  We adjusted all past due deposits and deposits due within the following 2 weeks of 4/28 and communicated with those guests directly.

Local Beach Closures and Notifications

 Please realize we will keep this below list updated as much as possible, we will also evaluate the interaction of the state, county and local orders where the strictest will apply.


State of North Carolina

  • 1/6/2021:  Executive Order 188:  Governor Cooper extended North Carolina’s Modified Stay At Home Order that requires people to be at home from 10 pm – 5 am to last through at least Friday, January 29.  Find more FAQ's and official Executive Order HERE.  
  • 12/8/20:  Executive Order 181:  The order is effective Dec. 11, 2020, at 5 p.m. through Jan. 8, 2021, at 5 p.m., unless otherwise modified or extended.  The order implements a temporary night-time public closure period on certain businesses and a modified “Stay at Home” order on all North Carolinians during overnight hours to address the current spike in COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations.  The order also extends the capacity limitations, indoor and outdoor gathering limits and other public health restrictions put in place under previous executive orders.  Find more FAQ's and official Executive Order HERE.
  • 11/23/20:  Executive Order 180:  This Order takes effect on November 25, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. It is effective until December 11, 2020 at 5:00 p.m and requires a face covering will now be required in all public indoor settings if there are non-household members present, regardless of the distance away.  See official Executive Order HERE.  
  • 11/10/20:  Executive Order 176:  Further extends the Phase 3 order and implementation of additional measures to protect public health.  Find FAQ's regarding Executive Order 176 HERE.  
  • 10/21/20:  Effective October 23, 2020, at 5:00 pm.   Executive Order 170 extending Phase 3 restrictions through 5:00 pm on November 13, 2020.  Read more on Executive Order 170 HERE.
  • 9/30/20:  Under Executive Order 169, North Carolina will enter Phase 3 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions, effective 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2.  Find FAQ's regarding Phase 3 HERE.  
  • 9/4/20:  North Carolina moves into Phase 2.5 of easing restrictions, effective Sept. 4, 2020, at 5 p.m.  View FAQ's and Executive Order 163 HERE.  
  • 8/7/20:  North Carolina’s “Safer At Home Phase 2” has been extended through 5 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2020.  View Executive Order 155 HERE
  • 7/14/20: North Carolina will continue to stay paused in Safer at Home Phase 2 when the governor's current executive order expires on Friday, July 17th and the order will be extended for three weeks.  View Executive Order 147 HERE.
  • 6/24/20:  Gov. Roy Cooper has issued an executive order requiring people to wear face coverings while out in public where physical distancing of 6 feet from other people who are not members of the same household or residence is not possible. There are some exceptions.  North Carolina will also remain under Safer At Home Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions until at least Friday, July 17.  View Executive Order 147 HERE.  
  • 5/20/20:  Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen today announced that North Carolina will move into Safer At Home Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions on Friday, May 22 at 5 pm.  See official order HERE.   Find answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to Phase 2 HERE.   Please note:  Although the NC Governor has opened community pools to 50% capacity in his Safer at Home Phase 2 order, open dates for communal pools and shared amenities are subject to the community Home Owners Association. Equipment rentals that are normally provided, such as tennis etc., may not be provided and/or available for guest use. 
  • 5/5/20:  Gov. Roy Cooper has signed Executive Order No. 138 to modify North Carolina’s Stay At Home order and transition to Phase 1 of slowly easing certain COVID-19 restrictions, effective Friday, May 8 at 5 p.m.  View general overview of Phase 1 provide by the State of North Carolina HERE.
  • 4/23/20:  Governor Roy Cooper today issued Executive Order No. 135 extending North Carolina’s Stay At Home order through May 8. The orders extending closure of restaurants for dine-in service and bars and closure of other close-contact businesses are also extended through May 8.  See official Executive Order HERE.
  • 3/27/20:  Statewide "stay at home" Executive Order announced by NC Governor, Roy Cooper.  Order begins at 5p on Monday, 3/30/20.  See official Executive Orders HERE.

New Hanover County, NC

  • 4/27/20: County announced they will not extend their orders set to expire on April 29.  View official release HERE.
  • 4/13/20:  New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman, in collaboration with the mayors of the City of Wilmington and the towns of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach, will extend the county’s existing Stay at Home Order until April 29 at 5 p.m. to continue mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.  The order goes into effect today – Monday, April 13 – at 5 p.m. and replaces the previous orders that have been made since the initial State of Emergency declaration on March 20.  See official notification HERE

In addition to adding two weeks to the county-wide order, some restrictions will be lifted beginning today, April 13, at 5 p.m. Those include:

- Public and private marinas and boat ramps can be opened
- Public and private tennis and pickleball courts can be opened

  • 4/3/20:  Today, New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman signed a second supplemental amendment to the county’s State of Emergency and county-wide restrictions. The amendment closes all public and private boat ramps, and public and private marinas within New Hanover County beginning today, April 3, at 7:30 p.m and remain in effect until 5 p.m. on April 13.  See official order HERE, section 4 & 5.  
  • 3/28/20:  Beginning at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 30, all New Hanover County residents are required to adhere to Governor Cooper’s state-wide Stay at Home Executive Order as well as New Hanover County’s additional county-wide restrictions.  See official order HERE


Carolina Beach, NC

  • 5/6/20:  Effective Friday, May 8, 2020, at 5:00 p.m., Carolina Beach will lift all Town imposed restrictions including short-term rentals, public parking, and beach activities.  View news release HERE
  • 4/24/20:  In conjunction with Governor Roy Cooper’s declaration to extend the stay-at-home order, the Town of Carolina Beach is extending current short-term rental restrictions through May 8, 2020, 5:00 p.m., or until such restrictions are rescinded or continued. See official notice HERE.
  • 4/23/20:  The Mayor and Council Members in Carolina Beach have amended the Town’s  original Declaration of a State of Emergency issued March 24, 2020 with Proclamation 20-2222 and will re-open the municipal beach strand effective Monday, April 27, 2020, 12:00 p.m. (noon), for exercise purposes only.  See restrictions and limitations HERE.
  • 3/24/20:  The Carolina Beach Mayor, LeAnne Pierce, declared today the discontinue of all short-term rental operations within the Town of Carolina Beach effective 2p on Friday, March 27th, 2020.  No new rental occupancies with terms less than 90 days allowed until April 29th, 2020 at 5p.  See official News Release and Proclamation HERE.
  • 3/20/20:  The Carolina Beach Town Council voted 4 to 1 to approve a State of Emergency effective 3/20/2020. The following orders were put in place:  Beach accesses will be closed until further notice; All Town parking lots will be closed until further notice; Freeman Park will be closed until further notice.  Read official notice HERE.


Kure Beach, NC

  • 5/11/20: Kure Beach Town Council met and revised the expiration date of their current short term rental ban.  Rentals may begin on May 15th, 2020.  Read official release HERE
  • 5/7/20:  Kure Beach Town Council met and made the following changes to its State of Emergency restrictions effective May 8, 2020 at 5:00 pm in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

-Public Parking restrictions continue in Kure Beach in support of the Governor's Stay at Home order. Visitors are advised to visit the Town's website, for specifics regarding parking. -ALL restrictions are being enforced.
-For beach activities, the Town is following the Governor's guidelines on social distancing, no groups larger than 10 people.
-The Town continues to prohibit Short Term Rentals and Motel/Hotel openings in support of the Governor's Phase I changes announced on May 5, 2020. Based on the Governor's current timeline, Short Term -Rentals and Motel/Hotel openings are expected to occur on May 22, 2020.
For more details on the Town's response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and restrictions, please visit the Town's website at

  • 4/27/20: The town of Kure Beach updated its order to discontinue short term rentals through May 8th.  View official release HERE.  Beach strands open for exercise use only.  Read official release and beach restrictions HERE.
  • 3/24/20:  The Town of Kure Beach, NC discontinued all short-term rentals effective Saturday, March 28th, 2020 at 12p.  No new rental occupancies with terms less than 90 days allowed until April 29th, 2020 at 5p.  See Amended Declaration Of A State Of Emergency, Section 7, HERE.
  • 3/21/20:  State of Emergency is declared by the Town of Kure Beach.  Effective at 8a Saturday, 3/21/20, the beach strand of Kure Beach is closed to the public and all restroom facilities of the Town will be closed until further notice.  Read office notice, Section 2, HERE


Wrightsville Beach, NC

  • 5/19/20:  Wrightsville Beach Lifts Restrictions on Beach Activities, Opens 6 Parking Lots, and Allows Short Term Rentals with No Restrictions beginning May 20, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.  Read official notice HERE.
  • 5/8/20:  Wrightsville Beach Continues Limited Beach Access for Non-Stationary Exercise Activities, Opens 4 Parking Lots, and opens Short Term Rentals with Restrictions beginning May 8, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.  Read official press release HERE
  • 4/28/20:  Wrightsville Beach Continues Limited Beach Access for Non-Stationary Exercise Activities, the Closure of All Parking for Beach Access, and the Prohibition of Short Term Rentals Until May 8, 2020 at 5:00 pm.  Read official press release and restrictions HERE.
  • 4/19/20:  Wrightsville Beach Opens Beach and Sound Side Beaches with Limitations and Parking Closures to the General Public.  The Town of Wrightsville Beach will open ocean and sound side beach access points and beaches at 12:00 PM on Monday, April 20, 2020, subject to mandatory restrictions.  Read official notice, restrictions and limitations HERE.    
  • 3/30/30:  The Mayor and Board of Aldermen of Wrightsville Beach have extended the State of Emergency for Wrightsville Beach. This order is in effect until April 13, 2020 or until otherwise lifted or extended.  All Town restroom facilities, parks, the oceanfront beach strand and sound side beaches of Wrightsville Beach remain closed to the public. The Declaration incorporates the orders set forth by Governor Roy Cooper and the additional restrictions set forth by New Hanover County.  Read official notice HERE.
  • 3/20/20:  The Mayor and Board of Aldermen of Wrightsville Beach have declared a State of Emergency for Wrightsville Beach. This order is in effect until March 31, 2020 or until otherwise lifted or extended. Effective immediately, the oceanfront beach strand and sound side beaches of Wrightsville Beach have been closed to residents and visitors. All Town restroom facilities will be closed.  Read official notice HERE.