Emerald Isle

EMERALD ISLE — One Bogue Banks town is taking additional steps to protect the public and employees in the wake of additional “employee exposure” to the COVID-19 virus.

In an email Wednesday, Emerald Isle Town Manager Matt Zapp said in addition to closing the town administration building Monday and postponing the Tuesday board of commissioners meeting after a first responder tested positive last week, the town has adjusted hours and increased cleaning schedules at the parks and recreation department/community center, just northwest of the town hall on Leisure Lane.

The commission meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 and will be conducted virtually, as they have been for months.

In an email later Wednesday in response to questions from the News-Times, Mr. Zapp did not say any more employees have tested positive for the virus. However, he said more employees are being tested and anyone who tests positive will remain out of work for 14 days.

Employees who test positive “must have two consecutive negative test results before returning to work,” he added.

The new recreation center hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. The building will be closed Wednesdays for cleaning and will also be closed Sundays. Saturday hours will be 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

On General Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, the building will be open for voting purposes only. All other functions and programming will be suspended for the day.

The town Monday said the administration building would be closed to the public for at least a week.

The town’s two fire stations and the police department remain closed to the public as they have been since March.

Beach driving permits, issued by the police department, are available only online.

Although some staff members are quarantining after potential exposure, others are available in the administration building to answer calls and emails during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. For those who need permits or hard copy items, a drop-box is available at the front entrance.

In the email Wednesday, Mr. Zapp said the public is asked to follow all federal Centers for Disease Control and state guidelines related to the coronavirus pandemic, including wearing a face covering, washing hands frequently and maintaining 6 feet of social distance from other people.


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(15) comments

David Collins

Yeah , yeah , yadda , yadda , yadda . You are a tourist magnet . Where do you think the virus is coming from . Clean this and that till the cows come home , the infections will continue . Employees have a life away from work so the infections will continue . Could always put a virus keep out message on that expensive signboard before the bridge . Basically , you are out of your league on this one . Deal with it like the rest of us must . Don’t forget to send a thank you note to our friends in the PRC and the WHO .


"Emerald Isle takes additional steps to stop COVID-19 spread".....If this is true, and you know how to Stop the virus, please let the rest of the world in on it. May save some lives.


Makes me sick just reading what Zapp said. Where was he during the summer vacation times? What BS!

David Collins

This public announcement is just for show . Made a couple of calls and nothing changed other than a few folks getting paid not to work . Quite sure this announcement was conjured up after getting permission from the real estate crowd and other interested parties . Most of the geese that laid their golden eggs have left , leaving the carry over season crowd to deal with things . More posturing without actually doing anything . Nothing new and all the vacation towns do it to one degree or another . Hardly news worthy .


Just like our good mayor of AB when he said in April 2020:

“This order mandates a 14-day self-quarantine for people coming into Atlantic Beach from outside Carteret County,” the mayor said. “Self-quarantine means you do not leave your home. If you live in Atlantic Beach, you can be here. If you own property in Atlantic Beach, you can be here. If you work in an essential business in Atlantic Beach, you can be here. But if you don’t fall under one of these three categories, you must stay away.”

I sent our good mayor an email applauding his new order and asked the following questions:

*How do out of town/state visitors know of your new order?

*How will it be enforced?

*Why do I see so many out of state plates driving around town?

*Does your new order have any teeth in it?

Zero response from the mayor. The order was just to pacify the 1,500+ full-time residents here. And as we all know now, this year was a record breaking revenue year for the Crystal Coast.

K. Jack Schidt

Countries with actual adults as the chief executive have contained this virus. US has been the worst country on the planet for containment.


Fuzzy math....not by population or per capita is the US the worst.

K. Jack Schidt

Well, something's fuzzy but it's not my math... US is actually worst by both metrics.

This administration couldn't have done a worse job if it had tried (maybe it did try ?). From firing the task force, in 2018, whose job it is to prevent such catastrophes through to holding super-spreader events (at tax-payer expense no less!) the president and his gang of bumbling hucksters have directly contributed to the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans.

K. Jack Schidt

... also, "by population" and "per capita" are the same thing :-)


Tom Brokaw’s book, “The Greatest Generation”, describes what the adult generation of the 30’s and 40’s sacrificed and accomplished after the Great Depression and during WWII. They gladly and patriotically endured food rationing, fuel rationing, travel restrictions, blackouts, etc., for the good of the country. For today’s generation it’s all about me. Vacations, leisure travel, and tourism are not necessities during the ongoing pandemic. Folks could have gone without traveling across the US for vacations this year. Of course, one has the right to use and enjoy their own second home at the beach or the mountains. That is different than vacationers renting a vacation rental.

David Collins

Nt so fast Jack , compare apples with apples . We are a Free country and free means the right and ability to do stupid things . So now you want to blame one person for what 330 million people may or not do ?

David Collins

The other countries , managed by adults , are catching up quite quickly . Perhaps you might consider relocating . Read that the PRC is having a fire sale on housing units . Cut rates on prices as well as easy financing . Only restriction is must have a paid up life insurance policy as collateral .


Ohk Thank you Mr. PHD. I used the word “or” as a synonym to the word before and after it (a sign of equivalence).

David Collins

You mean PHD as in pile the BS higher and deeper ? Lots of them running about these days . Biden ‘s wife has one of those , other than counting money have no Idea what discipline it is supposed to be in . Dr Jill of Joe and Jill , distant cousins of Jack and Jill , perhaps ?

K. Jack Schidt

Trump lied, 225,000 ... and counting... died. The man is a hustler, scam artist, con man... and so is his entire cabinet. $750 in paid taxes and 20,000+ documented lies

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