John's Drive-in is open but social distancing means no outdoor seating among other changes.

John’s Drive-in is open but social distancing means no outdoor seating among other changes.

We’re getting ready for our property owners here at Brindley Beach Vacations. For our nonresident property owners who have homes in Corolla, a few of you have already visited. For our Dare County visitors, we’re looking forward to seeing you next week beginning on Monday.

Remember, though, the first wave of entry of our nonresident property owners is by alphabetic listing on separate days. The concern is that with so many people from outside the area owning property on the Outer Banks, if everyone showed up at once, it would create a traffic nightmare.

Here’s the schedule:

Beginning Monday, May 4 at 6:00 a.m. – Entry begins and is ongoing for nonresident property owners whose last name begins with A – I

Beginning Wednesday, May 6 at 6:00 a.m. –  Entry begins and is ongoing for nonresident property owners whose last name begins with J – R

Beginning Friday, May 8 at 6:00 a.m. – Entry begins for nonresident property owners whose last name begins with S – Z

Entry passes must be displayed where police can see them.

Currituck County had originally indicated visitors would be allowed back to Corolla May 15. That is no longer the case. The date may have been a bit premature. There are some protocols and procedures that we are working on to insure the safety of our guests and employees.

We’re still up in the air about when our visitors will be able to return. That will be based on a number of factors including when a joint task force of Dare and Currituck Counties look at data and agree it’s safe.

Things Will Be Different

When we do reopen, some things will be the same—our beaches, our friendly welcoming workers and residents and the beauty of the Outer Banks.

There will be some things different.

As an example, because of state social distancing guidelines, in most cases restaurants will only be able to seat half as many guests as in the past. Reservations will be important. However, because so many of our fine dining establishments had to go to takeout only for the past six weeks, they have gotten very good at it. Fine dining in your home may be an option as well.

There will be other changes as well, and we’ll keep you abreast of them.