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The Bertie County Board of Commissioners scrapped the long-anticipated Bertie Beach Day scheduled for Saturday, September 4, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event was a day of community fun at the Bertie Beach property, located on Bal Gra Road.

The commissioners noted that although they canceled the formal event, Bertie Beach will remain open. They advise visitors to social distance with their household members. They request that beachgoers wear a mask if interacting closely with people from outside their family.

The commissioners planned the Bertie Beach Day event to show the community the progress being made at the county’s new amenity. However, the upswing in the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant recently began a rapid spread within the county.

Albemarle Regional Health Services (ARHS) reported on September 3, 2021, that Bertie County has one hundred active cases of coronavirus, prompting the cancellation of the Bertie Beach event.

Screenshot taken from the ARHS coronavirus public report date September 3rd, 2021.

ARHS Warns of Spread of the Delta Variant, Prompting the Cancellation of Bertie Beach Day

R. Battle Betts, Jr., MPA, the Health Director of Albemarle Regional Health Services, stated the following:

“COVID-19 remains a highly contagious virus and continues to be a public health threat across the region. As we enjoy the Labor Day weekend, we cannot lose sight of what we know works, vaccinations, wearing a mask, social distancing, and frequent hand washing. Continuing to follow safety and mitigation strategies will make a great difference in slowing this virus down.”

R. Battle Betts, ARHS

In addition, the ARHS guidance issued on September 3rd recommends delaying holiday travel over this Labor Day weekend. If you travel, plan to get a negative test one to three days before your departure and three to five days after. The health board also advises a seven-day self-quarantine for seven days after you return.

Below is the county’s Facebook post regarding the cancellation of the Bertie Beach Day activities.

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