Watercraft center temporarily closes due to COVID-19 exposure

Officials announced the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center, seen here, will be closed to visitors until at least Thursday, March 4 due to a recent COVID-19 exposure at the facility. (News-Times photo)

BEAUFORT — The Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center in downtown Beaufort will be closed to visitors through Thursday, March 4 due to a recent COVID-19 exposure at the facility.

The N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort, which operates the watercraft center, remains open to the public.

According to a release, watercraft center will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized and site employees with potential exposure to the virus will self-quarantine for 14 days, per N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and federal guidelines.

Because the watercraft center has only a few full-time employees, the site will be closed until employees are able to return to work. The lift half-model making course scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 6 and 7 at the watercraft center has been canceled.

Any needed contact tracing will be conducted by the Carteret County Health Department.

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