NC - Wrightsville opening beach, sound access -- with limits
Wrightsville joins Surf City, which lifted some of its restrictions on Saturday. Carolina Beach has been under pressure to do the same.
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH -- The town announced late Sunday afternoon that it is easing some of the beach-and-sound restrictions that have been in place as part of its COVID-19 response.
An announcement on the town’s Facebook page a little after 6 p.m. Sunday said the changes will go into effect at noon Monday.
Wrightsville joins Surf City, which lifted some of its restrictions on Saturday. Carolina Beach has been under pressure to do the same but both Wrightsville and Carolina beaches have been under larger restrictions as part of joint agreements with New Hanover County.
The N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve closed Masonboro Island on April 3.
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The statement from Wrightsville Beach said violators of the restrictions are subject to being charged with a class 2 misdemeanor, a $500 civil fine for each violation, and the towing of non-compliant vehicles.
It also said that violations could lead to the re-closing of the beach.
Wrightsville Beach will open ocean and sound side beach access points and beaches, subject to the following mandatory restrictions:
• With the exception of East Salisbury Street, all access points and beaches will be opened for individual, non-stationary exercise activities to include only walking, jogging, swimming, and surfing/water sports.
• Individuals participating in such exercise activities must follow strict social distancing measures
• No exercise group shall have more than 10 people.
• Lifeguards will not be on duty.
• Sunbathing, sitting, fishing, games and all other activities will not be permitted on the beaches at this time.