NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - New Hanover County plans to close all boat ramps within the county on Friday at 7:30 p.m., according to commission chair Julia Olson-Boseman.
Olson-Boseman said that the county received permission from the state to allow the closures.
“I’m just listening to the healthcare people," she said. “I don’t want our hospital overwhelmed, if possible. I’m just trying to save lives.”
The order closes public and private boat ramps, along with public and private marinas within the county. It only applies to motorized boats, but does not apply to kayaks, paddle boards and other non-motorized watercraft. Commercial fishing operations, government boating for public safety and maritime fuel are also exempt from the order.
The public boat ramps are Castle Hayne, Sutton Lake, Wrightsville Beach, Snows Cut, River Road, Federal Point, Trail’s End and Castle Street.
The new restrictions will stay in effect until 5 p.m. on April 13th unless rescinded earlier or extended.
Olson-Boseman added that the mayors of Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, and Kure Beach are aware of the order and support the decision.