Federal Rules and Regulations
At this time no applicable laws have been written at the federal level. Below is the White House Guidelines prescribed in its Opening Up America Again Guidelines for Phase One Reopening
- All vulnerable individuals should continue to shelter in place. Members of households with vulnerable residents should be aware that by returning to work or other environments where distancing is not practical, they could carry the virus back home. Precautions should be taken to isolate from vulnerable residents.
- All individuals, when in public (e.g., parks, outdoor recreation areas, shopping areas), should maximize physical distance from others. Social settings of more than 10 people, where appropriate distancing may not be practical, should be avoided unless precautionary measures are observed.
- Avoid socializing in groups of more than 10 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing (e.g., receptions, trade shows)
- Minimize non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel.
State Rules and Regulations
The state of North Carolina is currently in Phase 3 of the states recovery plan, as described in Executive Order 169. This Executive Order was then extended by Executive Order 170, and then extended and modified under Executive Order 176, and then extended and modified under Executive Order 180. Under EO 176 a portion of that amendment was to Mass Gatherings.
Section 5.1 of Executive Order No. 169 is amended to read:
5.1. Prohibition. Mass Gatherings are prohibited. "Mass Gathering" means an event or convening which brings together more than ten (10) people indoors or more than fifty (50) people outdoors at the same time in a single confined indoor or outdoor space. This includes parades, fairs, or festivals. In publicly accessible indoor facilities, the Mass Gathering limit applies per room of the facility. When more than ten (10) people reside in the same household, residing together does not form a Mass Gathering. At a park, beach, or trail, the outdoor Mass Gathering limit of fifty (50) people applies to each group of people that may gather together.
On Dec 9th 2020 Executive Order 181 was created, which places in effect a modified State at Home Order. This order, amongst other things, places a curfew on numerous business types.
3.17. Closure No Later than 10:00 PM. Types of businesses and organizations within the categories listed above in this Section 3 must close their premises to the public no later than 10:00 PM and may not reopen their premises to the public before 5:00 AM (the "Night-Time Public Closure Period") on the following morning, except for the facilities within Subsection 3.3 (child care facilities), Subsection 3.4 (children's overnight camps), Subsection 3.6 (government operations), Subsection 3. 7 (health care settings), Subsection 3.15 (transportation), and Subsection 3.16 (workplaces in agriculture, construction, and manufacturing). If an establishment is not within the scope ofone ofthe categories listed above in this Section 3, it may remain open to the public during the Night-Time Public Closure Period.
This Executive Order also places a restriction on individual movement as well.
4.3. Travel Restrictions; Stay At Home Overnight. In light of the unprecedented and urgent threat to the lives of North Carolinians that is evidenced by the current spike in COVID-19 infection rates, the undersigned imposes the following curfew and restriction upon movement of persons within the emergency area, which is the entire State ofNorth Carolina. a. Between I0:00 PM and 5:00 AM, all individuals in North Carolina must stay at home or at the place they will stay for the night, except for: 1. Travel to or from a place of work when a worker's presence is required by the worker's employer; 2. Travel for work purposes; 3. Performing work at the workplace or other location directed by the employer when the worker's presence is required by the worker's employer; 4. Travel to obtain groceries, take-out food, medical care, fuel, health care supplies, or social services; 5. Travel from a business that closed at or after 10:00 PM; 6. Travel to a business that will open at or after 5:00 AM; 7. Travel to take care of a family member, friend, or pet in another household; 8. Travel necessary for purposes of personal safety; 9. Travel into or out of the State; 10. Travel required by law enforcement or court order; and 11. Using or providing shared transportation (including without limitation taxicabs, ride shares, buses, trains, airplanes, and travel to airports, train stations, or bus stations).
Local Rules and Regulations
At this moment the Town of Oak Island has not imposed any restrictions beyond those detailed in the State of North Carolinas Executive Orders that directly effects Rental Properties or Mass Gatherings.
Many common questions about the above rules and regulations have answers posted at our FAQ section.