THAT WHEREAS, due to the COVID-19 Virus and in order to maintain and protect the public health of the citizens and residents of  Southport,  on March 20, 2020, the City of Southport declared a State of Emergency pursuant to Article 1A of Chapter 166A of the North Carolina General Statutes and Chapter 6 of the Southport Code of Ordinances; and

WHEREAS, said Proclamation was subsequently revised by the Mayor of the City of Southport on March 21, 2020; and

WHEREAS, it is now necessary to revise and clarify said proclamation to further protect the citizens and residents of the City of Southport and maintain and promote the public health;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Joseph P. Hatem, Mayor of the City of Southport, do hereby declare and proclaim that the following restrictions and prohibitions are hereby imposed and are now in effect within the City of Southport:

  1. Access to Public Facilities– Access to all public facilities is restricted to essential staff only. All public interaction shall be limited to the protocols adopted by the Board of Aldermen on March 19, 2020.
  2. Public Gatherings– Public gatherings are limited to no more than 10 persons at all times and at all locations with required social distancing of 6 feet. All for-hire tours are ordered to cease until further notice.
  3. Discontinuance of Temporary Rentals and Lodging—All rental agencies, businesses and property owners that rent properties within the City of Southport on a temporary or short term basis (defined as a period of less than 3 months duration) are instructed to have all current renters, and their invitees, vacate the premises and leave the City of Southport no later than 2 pm on March 26, 2020. Effective immediately there shall be no new short-term rental occupancies of any nature or duration within the City of Southport until this restriction is terminated. This prohibition and restriction apply to vacation rentals, short term rentals, bed and breakfast establishments, Air BNB, VRBO, hotels, motels, inns and similar businesses and establishments.
  4. These restrictions are effective immediately and are in addition to the protocols adopted by the Board of Aldermen on March 19, 2020, and shall remain in force until terminated by the Mayor of the City of Southport.

This the 24th day of March, 2020.

City of Southport


Joseph P. Hatem, Mayor