A near empty beach in Kill Devil Hills earlier this month. [Kari Pugh photo]

NC - Nags Head mayor: Businesses shouldn’t be inviting visitors to the Outer Banks right now

As North Carolina’s coronavirus count climbed and Gov. Roy Cooper ordered all public schools closed, local social media lit up with a debate over visitors spending their own downtime on the Outer Banks.

Spring break is traditionally a time when businesses reopen and visitors begin returning to the Outer Banks. With school systems around the country closed and many adults working remotely, a few local realty companies encouraged people to come here to ride out the pandemic.

“Our vacation rentals on the beautiful Outer Banks are the perfect alternative to cruise ships, hotels & resorts,” one posted on Facebook.

“With national threats of the coronavirus blanketing the news, you might think now is not the time for a vacation, but on the contrary, the Outer Banks is a great option for your spring vacation, despite the coronavirus,” another posted.

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