Cape Hatteras National Seashore Superintendent David Hallac on Thursday said the park service hopes to have seashore campgrounds and restrooms open by Memorial Day weekend.
“My family loves the Outer Banks,” Bernhardt told reporters, noting the last time he was in the area was for vacation on Hatteras in the summer of 2016.
Bernhardt and his staff toured Cape Hatteras beaches and the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center before a stop at the Bodie Island Lighthouse. Afterward, they planned to meet with seashore staff to discuss safety and any other concerns.
With visitor restrictions lifting for the Outer Banks on May 16, Hallac said the park service will have the seashore’s four lifeguarded beaches fully staffed, and is working to reopen campgrounds and restrooms by Memorial Day. He’s not yet sure when the lighthouses will reopen for climbs, but the grounds are open at Cape Hatteras, Bodie Island and Ocracoke lighthouses.
“The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers and partners continues to be paramount,” Bernhardt said.