The beauty of the Outer Banks is getting closer to reality as the Visitors Bureau begins its "Be Safe. Be Smart. Have fun." campaign.

The beauty of the Outer Banks is getting closer to reality as the Visitors Bureau begins its “Be Safe. Be Smart. Have fun.” campaign.

There may be light at the end of the tunnel as the voices of business and political leaders on the Outer Banks have begun to discuss how to reopen the Outer Banks.

Access to the Outer Banks has been limited to residents, employees of Outer Banks businesses and deliveries since March 17.

The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau is creating a “Be Safe. Be Smart. Have Fun”campaign to welcome visitors back to the Outer Banks.

No date has been given for lifting the travel restrictions, but there is growing optimism that by the summer the Outer Banks will be welcoming visitors again.

Be Safe Includes some safety changes

There will be some changes in response to health concerns that have been expressed by the public. Some will be apparent, There will be reminders about social distancing. Some businesses may restrict the number of people who are allowed in the building to avoid crowding.

Other changes may not be as apparent but may be even more important.

Our Brindley Beach Vacations President, Doug Brindley, who sits on the Tourism Board has noted that property management companies from across the nation are working with the CDC to develop cleaning protocols for homes.

No one has discussed specific dates yet, but this is certainly good news and appears to be evidence that, yes, the Outer Banks will be open again.

It has certainly been a very difficult time for all of us.

Our spring shoulder season has become increasingly important to the overall economy of the area and there was none this year. Major concert events have been cancelled. Weddings that were scheduled could not happen. The visitors who simply enjoy being here for a long weekend or early season getaway could not come.

It has been a very difficult time for all of us, but we do seam to be coming through it one. Just a little more patience, it seems, and we’ll again be able to welcome our sandbar by the sea.