North Topsail Beach has ordered no short-term vacation rentals in the town from March 28-April 25, with some exceptions, in an effort to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus.


In a press release Tuesday morning, the town announced the rental restrictions will apply to those with a duration of less than three months. The restrictions will be enforced beginning March 28 and be in effect until April 25.


"Restricting vacation rentals for a short period of time could limit community exposure and protect local resources such as food and medical supplies," the town wrote. "Additionally, taking these measures now may preserve the opportunity to have a successful season for both our residents and our summer guests."



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The town met with officials from Topsail Beach and Surf City on Monday, each of which are announcing their own restrictions unique to each town.


Restrictions for North Topsail Beach include exemptions for those who are essential for public services, like military special orders or utility workers, according to the release. Renters who have already checked in but whose current rental is scheduled to extend past March 28 will be allowed to stay through the terms of the rental contract, but will not be able to extend their stay.


"The growing concern for the spread of COVID-19 continues to disrupt daily life. While we understand that restrictions can be frustrating, it is our collective responsibility to take proactive measures now to lessen the consequences for our community," the town wrote.


Elected officials are monitoring the situation and may adjust restrictions if necessary, according to the release.


The Board of Aldermen encourages residents to restrict travel unless essential, avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, and practice social distancing of 6 feet or more. Anyone with concerns is asked to contact their representatives.


"This is an evolving issue and will be reevaluated on a continuing basis," the town wrote.