New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman, in collaboration with the mayors of the City of Wilmington and the towns of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach, will extend the county’s existing Stay at Home Order until April 29 at 5 p.m. to continue mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

In addition to adding two weeks to the county-wide order, some restrictions will be lifted beginning today, April 13, at 5 p.m. Those include:

  • Public and private marinas and boat ramps can be opened
  • Public and private tennis and pickleball courts can be opened

In addition, several enhancements have been made to the order:

  • “Safety, security, clothing and communication” have been added to the list of essential retail that can be open (the overall list now includes goods needed for health, sustenance, shelter, safety, security, communication, mobility, clothing and hygiene).
  • Stores providing essential goods will no longer be asked to close off sections that are deemed non-essential. So all aisles of essential retailers can be open if they so choose, but dressing rooms should remain closed.
  • Auto dealerships, boat dealerships and other motor vehicle sales points are allowed to operate but must comply with an 11-point safety test that will be shared as part of the final, signed declaration.​