The municipalities on Topsail Island will begin restricting vacation rentals soon to help combat the spread of COVID-19.


The announcement made Monday afternoon came after North Topsail Beach officials met with Surf City and Topsail Beach, all of whom agreed restrictions are needed.


"The growing concern for the spread of COVID-19 is creating a lot of disruptions for all of us in our daily life. We understand that restrictions can be frustrating, but it is our collective responsibility to take proactive measures now to lessen the consequences for our community," North Topsail Beach wrote in Monday’s release.


Restrictions on vacation rentals for a short period of time could help limit community exposure and protect local resources, like food and medical supplies, according to the release.


The town wrote they hope it may also help lead to a successful tourist season for residents and summer guests.


Since each municipality is unique, there will be some variations as to how rentals are limited, according to the release. The individual towns plan to publish the specifics for their areas in an updated declaration within the next 24 hours.


"Please, continue to contact your representatives with concerns," the town wrote. "This is an evolving issue and will be reevaluated on a continuing basis."