A curfew will take effect Friday night in the Town of Cape Carteret in western Carteret County.


The town amended its State of Emergency Declaration to include the curfew among several other restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 in the community.


"The Town of Cape Carteret is committed to keeping our citizens, visitors, and employees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional restrictions will go into effect on Friday, April 10, 2020 that are aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 in our community and protecting our residents," stated Town Manager Zachary Steffey.


The curfew will be from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night within the town limits during the state of emergency. Exceptions include travel to and from work deemed essential or conducting essential business as described under N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 121.


The proclamation also states that "travel to and within the Town of Cape Carteret is limited to Carteret County property owners and their immediate family members or members of their households with which they typically reside" with some exceptions.


Traffic through town will not be restricted on state-maintained roads such as N.C. 24, N.C. 58 and Taylor Notion Road. Travel is permitted for anyone traveling consistent with the governor’s executive order.


New short-term rentals of 30 days or less are prohibited.


The amendment also establishes limitations on the number of people within a business.


It states "retail establishments that are deemed to be ‘essential businesses’ as defined in Governor Cooper’s Executive Order Number 121 shall limit their occupancy to 50% of the total allowable persons that are indicated on their approved Maximum Occupancy Placard."


To see the full amendment go to the town’s website at townofcapecarteret.org.