Hatteras Island is a different landscape in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The crisis has hit the island hard, since visitors and non-resident property homeowners were restricted access in the interest of safety last week. Businesses are making a difficult but valiant effort to stay open, while local landmarks and attractions are closing their doors until the pandemic passes.
As locals stay close to home in order to focus on home-school curriculums, or to just stick to social distancing guidelines to protect their friends and neighbors, the island is a ghost town, with beauty in every direction, and few folks out and about to enjoy the views.
The vacant scenes of the island are sad on the surface, but underneath, they display a genuine commitment of the island community to stay home, adhere to social distancing guidelines, and protect Hatteras Island from the spread of COVID-19 in the days and weeks to come.