Outer Banks Bridge Closures Continue to Affect Businesses Weeks After Opening

The Outer Banks had a unique opportunity to completely shut off travel during the North Carolina’s statewide shelter-in-place order; only residents were allowed on and off of the islands. While this helped contain the spread of COVID-19, it also affected local businesses.

Harvey Hess, general manager of his family-owned restaurant Capt’n Franks, and Christine Davidson, co-owner of Mystic Jewel, discuss the effect this bridge closure on their businesses. And how they are attempting to strike a balance between keeping their businesses alive and staying safe.