The Town of Beaufort will begin operating an entry checkpoint Thursday, and those without proper documentation will not be allowed entry into the town.


On Sunday, the only accessible way to enter the town was on Turner Street at U.S. 70, and as of Thursday an entry checkpoint is being set up by the Beaufort Police Department, according to a press release from the town. The checkpoint is being set up in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Only the following will be allowed to enter the town:



Those residing in Carteret County full time
Anyone sheltering in place in Beaufort and nowhere else as of March 31
Those engaging in essential business, outdoor service, or essential government service
Anyone providing necessary care for a Beaufort resident

In order to be allowed entry to the town, each vehicle must provide one of the following:



Driver’s license or military ID with a Carteret County address
COVID-19 entry pass issued by the Town of Beaufort, which can be applied for by emailing entrypass@beaufortnc.org
Proof of essential business, outdoor service, or essential government service by showing a pay stub, ID badge, letter from an employer, medical or veterinarian appointment card, service provider, summons, claim ticket, etc.

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"Please be aware without the above identification, you will be denied entry into Beaufort," the town wrote.


Those who come to the checkpoint are asked to remain in their vehicle at all times and not approach police officers, according to the release. All windows must be closed and documentation should be held up to the closed window on the side the officer approaches.


Full-time residents should have received entry passes at the address listed on their utility bills or, for those living in apartment complexes, through their property management team, according to the release.


Anyone with questions is asked to reach out by email to entrypass@beaufortnc.org.