Stay-At-Home Order Restricts Resident Movement in Mecklenburg County

CHARLOTTE, NC – Mecklenburg County officials issued a stay-at-home order on Tuesday in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The move is to restrict the movement of people within the county as much as possible.

“I know that this pandemic is a restriction on all of us. I understand that but people’s lives are at stake,” said County Commissioner Trevor Fuller.

The stay at home order requires people to remain in their homes unless absolutely necessary to leave.

Order prohibitions include:

  • Go to work unless providing essential services
  • Visit with friends if no urgent need
  • Travel for non-essential purposes

“We are sticking with federal guidance and not everyone is going to happy with that, but we feel it was the right thing to do,” said County Manager Dina Diorio.

Only people who’s jobs fall under one of the essential business sectors are allowed to leave home for work. People are also allowed to go to these businesses if needed.

Essential businesses include:

•health care providers

•Food manufacturers

•Grocery and convenience stores

•Public works, water, transportation

•Gas stations


•Media companies

•Post office

•Funeral homes

•Hotels and motels

Childcare centers can stay open but according to the county proclamation, they can only serve people or king in essential roles like its responders and health care providers.

People are still able to make trips to the grocery store for themselves or others in need. They can go to pharmacies to fill or pick up prescriptions.  Hardware stores will remain open as well. 

People can go to:

  • Restaurants for Take Out
  • Care for a friend of family member 
  • Doctors appointments

Getting outside is still encouraged. People can ride their bike, hike, jog and enjoy the parks and greenways, but playgrounds are off limits. The order says people must remain 6 feet from one another. 

The county attorney says the order is considered law and will be enforced. 

“Anyone who does not comply conceivably could be convicted of a class two misdemeanor if the prosecutor elected to prosecute,” said County Attorney Tyrone Wade.

For more details about the stay-at-home order click here.