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Ferry service reduced on Hatteras-Ocracoke route, suspended for three days on Currituck-Knotts Island route

Five employees with the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division assigned to the ferry route between Hatteras and Ocracoke have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a September 2 press release from NCDOT.

“The five employees are recovering at home under isolation for at least 14 days. They last worked on the route Sept. 2,” stated the release.

Service between Hatteras and Ocracoke will be reduced due to the temporary staffing shortage starting Friday, September 3 until “the division can safely resume normal schedules.” Round trips will be reduced from 60 to 44 trips between the two islands.

The schedule starting September 3 is:

Hatteras: 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 11 p.m. and midnight.

Ocracoke: 4:30 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon, 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and midnight.

NCDOT encourages ferry travelers to call the Hatteras terminal at 252-996-6000 before arriving to check on schedules and estimated wait times.

Service on the Currituck-Knotts Island ferry route will be suspended Saturday through Monday, as staff are supporting the Hatteras-Ocracoke route, stated the release.

“Employees and passengers are required to wear face coverings when inside vessels and terminal facilities, regardless of vaccination status, according to requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Transportation Security Administration,” stated the release.

The Hyde County and Carteret County health departments and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services have been notified of the positive tests.

“The vessels and the terminals at Hatteras have been cleaned and sanitized since the positive test results. Routine COVID cleaning has been ongoing at all ferry division facilities since the beginning of the pandemic,” stated the release. “Passengers who think they may have been exposed to the virus should contact their local health department.”

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