Greater Wilmington Covid-19 Visitor Information
COVID-19 VISITOR INFORMATION
HERE'S WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN TRAVELING TO WILMINGTON AND THE
Wilmington and the surrounding beaches of Kure, Carolina and Wrightsville have
transitioned into a modified Phase 3 per Executive Order as defined below that further
eases restrictions and allows for the opening of most businesses.
For those visiting please be responsibe by practicing social distancing and wearing a mask
in public area's. This will ensure that you, your family and other guest will have a fantastic
The three island beaches are open and following state and CDC guidelines.
Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach short term rentals (hotels, motels,
vacation rentals) are open. City of Wilmington updates are below.
- Visitors are advised to contact lodging properties directly with questions regarding
reservations and availability.
- If possible, visitors staying in vacation rentals should bring essentials with them, including
paper and sanitizing products and non-perishable groceries. (Shoppers should expect to
see changes in product availability at grocery and retail outlets as supply chain demand
fluctuates across the nation).
The City of Wilmington made the following amendment to its State of Emergency
Declaration on May 29, 2020:
- Lodging: All short-term rentals (hotels, motels, B&Bs and vacation rentals) are open.
- Information regarding the most recent updates can be found on the City of Wilmington
FAQ page. City of Wilmington COVID-19 FAQs
Enhanced Safety Measures for Lodging
The health and well-being of visitors is top priority. With safety concerns being very important
for travelers lodging properties are following enhanced safety guidelines. Many properties
are also encouraging mobile check-in and check-out. Please note that some amenities
(pool, fitness center, food, etc.) and additional services (valet, shuttle, bell service, etc.) may
not be available or may be limited. Visitors should directly contact lodging for specific
questions pertaining to their cleaning and safety protocols.
Brand Hotel Cleaning Programs
Best Western We Care Clean
Choice Hotels Commitment to Clean
IHG Clean Promise
Marriott’s Commitment to Clean
Radisson Safety Protocol
Red Roof RediClean
Wyndam’s Count on Us
Carolina Beach lifts all Town imposed restrictions on public parking. Please visit the
Town of Carolina Beach website for the latest information.
Town owned bumper and marked parking spaces are open to the public. Public Beach
Access parking lots are open at 100% capacity east of Fort Fisher Blvd. Please visit
the Town of Kure Beach website for the latest parking information.
Public Parking lots at Beach Access are open to the public. Paid parking will be enforced at
these locations. A map of the location of these parking lots is available on the T
own of Wrightsville Beach website.
Restaurants in North Carolina and in Wilmington and our island beaches can open for on-premise dining (indoors/outdoors) with limits on capacity. Breweries, wineries and distilleries can open under the same enhanced requirements that restaurants must follow. Face coverings for employees are mandatory. Guests are required to wear face coverings at all times unless they are actively eating or drinking. Bars' outdoor seating areas may reopen, subject to capacity limits and other restrictions. Indoor bar areas remain closed. Nightclubs and lounges can open subject to reduced capacity limits and other requirements. Delivery, take-out, curbside pickup and carry-out food purchases are still viable options and encouraged. Effective through January 29, 2021, restaurant dining rooms must be closed at 10 p.m., but the businesses may remain open for takeout, curbside and delivery.
In accordance with the Governor's orders, restaurants must end the sale of alcoholic beverages at 9 p.m. for consumption on site. This order does not affect sales of alcoholic beverages for consumption off premises, therefore takeout and delivery of beer and wine in closed containers is still allowed until 2 a.m. Restaurants and bars are allowed to sell mixed drinks for take-out and delivery. Please check specific restaurant websites and social media pages, or contact the business directly to confirm what services they are offering. View our list of restaurants in the area including many with outdoor dining available.
PLACES OF INTEREST & THINGS TO DO
Beaches are open for normal activities in Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville Beach. Public parks, gardens and playgrounds are open throughout the area. Wilmington's Riverwalk and Historic District are available for strolling. Retail stores, restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries are open with some limited capacity. Museums and aquariums may open at 50% capacity. Gyms, indoor exercise facilities, bowling alleys, skating rinks, indoor basketball, volleyball, etc. may open at 30% capacity. Bars' outdoor areas, nightclubs, movie theaters, amusement parks and indoor entertainment venues can open with capacity limits and other restrictions. Visitors must comply with social distancing and group gathering protocols - no more than 10 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. As Phase 3 allows more attractions to re-open, hours of operation and paid admissions will vary so please contact the attractions directly for information prior to travel.