Statewide ‘Stay At Home’ Order Issued Along With Similar Orders In Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, And Gaston Counties

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued a statewide ‘Stay At Home’ order on Friday, March 27th.  The order does not go into effect until 5pm on Monday, March 30th.  Officials in Mecklenburg County, Cabarrus County and Gaston County already issued their own ‘Stay At Home’ orders.  Cooper said in a news conference whichever order has the most restrictive orders will apply in each city or county.

See the state of North Carolina’s Stay At Home Order

See Mecklenburg County’s Stay At Home Order

See Cabarrus County’s Stay At Home Proclamation

See Gaston County’s Stay At Home Order

Read below for full details on each county’s Stay At Home orders.  Click HERE to see the ‘Stay At Home’ order for North Carolina.

Mecklenburg County Officials Issue ‘Stay At Home’ Order

Mecklenburg County officials have issued a “stay at home” order that will begin on Thursday, March 26th at 8am and last until midnight on Thursday, April 16th.

READ THE FULL STAY AT HOME ORDER HERE

The order was announced Tuesday afternoon by Mecklenburg County Public Health Director, Gibbie Harris during the Board of County Commissioners Budget and Public Policy meeting.

Anyone with questions can call the Stay at Home Order Call Center at 704-353-1926.

FAQ ABOUT THE MECKLENBURG COUNTY STAY AT HOME ORDER

This order requires county residents to remain in their homes for the next 21 days as part of an attempt to reduce the number of new COVID-19 infections.

If you violate the restrictions you could be convicted of a class II misdemeanor, according to the City Attorney.  The order will be enforced by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Below are a list of updates and clarifications regarding Mecklenburg County’s Stay at Home Order:

Allowable and Prohibited Transactions

Real Estate Transactions

Prohibited Unless Virtual: Anyone looking to purchase real estate, but who has not “vested” money into a house, which could be forfeited or lost, should do it virtually only and avoid any face to face interaction with a realtor during this period. Any communication regarding the transaction should be done electronically.

Allowed with Conditions: Those who have vested money (either by way of earnest money or mortgage loan commitments) which they could wind up losing and closing is imminent or soon to be scheduled, in order to complete the purchase and effect the closing, the following guidance should be used when completing that transaction:

Walk-through prior to closing:

  • No more than three people may be in the residence at any given time. This allows for the realtor and up to two of the buyers.
  • Each person present must maintain Centers for Disease Control (CDC) compliance at all times in all applicable areas.
  • Practice social/physical distancing: stay at least six feet apart from other people.
  • Do not participate if you have any symptoms or fever.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough in your sleeve or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect any objects or surfaces touched using a regular household cleaning product.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds on entering and leaving the dwelling with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%-95% alcohol.
  • The realtor is responsible for supplying cleaning products and hand washing products.
  • Owners/sellers should not be in the residence at the time if the subject property is owner occupied.

Closing:

  • To the extent electronic signatures may be lawfully obtained and used, choose this option to close the transaction.
  • For all face to face closings, CDC recommendations (as outlined above) should be followed.

Automobile Sales/Service

Allowed with Conditions: Automobile dealerships are allowed to provide auto repair service at this time. The following is guidance for those interactions:

  • In addition to the Service staff, the owner should be the only individual allowed in the service area.
  • Practice social/physical distancing: stay at least six feet away from other people.
  • Unless the service is brief and the owner can wait outside, someone should come to pick them up while the auto is being repaired.
  • Prohibited unless Virtual: All car sales, including the entire process, are prohibited unless they can be conducted virtually. Sales staff should not be onsite at the facility.

Essential Services with Face to Face Citizen Contact

Businesses providing essential service such as grocery stores, pharmacies and hardware stores should develop processes within their facilities to assure social/physical distancing: stay at least six feet away from other people. To the extent possible they should provide an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%-95% alcohol.

Outdoor Activity

Outdoor activity is recommended as long as individuals are able to practice social/physical distancing. Guidance for several specific activities:

  • Parks and greenways are open for our community. With the warm weather they have been quite crowded. Social/physical distancing is a requirement. PLEASE comply!
  • Golf is permitted on golf courses. No other businesses related to golfing, i.e. golf ranges, should be open.
  • Basketball pick-up games, tennis and other games that involve the use of shared equipment and space are not allowed.
  • Use of playground equipment is prohibited.

YOU CAN

  • Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store
  • Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
  • Visiting a health care professional for medical services that cannot be provided virtually (call first)
  • Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru
  • Care for or support a friend or family member
  • Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise – just keep at least six feet between you and others
  • Walk your pets and take them to veterinarian if necessary
  • Help someone to get necessary supplies
  • Receive deliveries from any business which delivers

YOU SHOULD NOT

  • Go to work unless you are providing essential services as defined by this Order
  • Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need
  • Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out
  • Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility or other residential care facility, except for limited exceptions as provided on the facility websites
  • Travel except for essential travel and activities

What is the difference between “Stay at Home” and “social distancing”?

Stay at home is a stricter form of social distancing.

Stay at home means:

  • Stay home (stay unexposed and do not expose others)
  • Only go out for essential services
  • Stay 6 feet or more away from others
  • Don’t gather in groups

Essential workers, including hospital and medical staff, pharmacy employees, law enforcement, firefighters, EMS Agency (MEDIC), some government employees and food service and grocery store employees will be allowed to travel to work.

Residents will be able to go to the grocery store, pharmacy, doctor’s appointments that can’t be done via Telehealth, get take out orders from restaurants, go outside, play golf, hike, walk pets, go to the vet and receive deliveries, according to the City Attorney.

People can not go to work unless it is for a job that has been deemed essential.  We are waiting to get the exact definition of this.  For now, we know this includes: grocery stores, charitable organizations, the media, gas stations, banks, hardware supply stores, post office/mail, laundry mats, restaurants (for take out only), supply stores for people to purchase work from home materials, child care facilities for first responders and healthcare providers, hotels, motels and funeral homes.

Cabarrus County Officials Issue Stay At Home Proclamation

Officials in Cabarrus County just announced a Stay At Home proclamation for residents.  This comes after North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced that two people had died from the coronavirus in Cabarrus County.  One person was a resident of Cabarrus County and the other person was traveling to Virginia but stopped in Cabarrus County for treatment.

READ THE OFFICIAL STAY AT HOME PROCLAMATION

The Stay At Home proclamation will begin on Thursday, March 26th at 5pm.  As of 4pm on March 25th, there are 18 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Cabarrus County.  They had 12 confirmed cases on March 24th.

See FAQs and get full details on the proclamation HERE.

Gaston County Officials Issue Stay At Home Proclamation:

GASTONIA, N.C. – Gaston County leadership today issued a “Stay at Home” order for Gaston County residents, to take effect Friday, March 27, at 5 p.m.

YOU CAN:

  • Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store
  • Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
  • Visiting a health care professional for medical services that cannot be provided virtually (call first)
  • Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru•Care for or support a friend or family member
  • Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise – just keep at least six feet between you and others
  • Walk your pets and take them to veterinarian if necessary•Help someone to get necessary supplies
  • Receive deliveries from any business which delivers

YOU SHOULD NOT:

  • Go to work unless you are providing essential services as defined by this Order
  • Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need
  • Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out
  • Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility or other residential care facility, except for limited exceptions as provided on the facility websites
  • Travel except for essential travel and activities

What is the difference between “Stay at Home” and “social distancing”?

Stay at home is a stricter form of social distancing. Stay at home means:

    • Stay home (stay unexposed and do not expose others)
    • Only go out for essential services
    • Stay 6 feet or more away from others
    • Don’t gather in groups

Gaston County held off on following what Mecklenburg County and then Cabarrus County did with similar orders this week until evidence was present in the community that such a move was needed. CaroMont Health officials notified Gaston County leadership Thursday morning that the first case community spread of COVID-19 has now been documented and the hospital system was asking for such a designation. Cases of COVID-19 increased from 5 to 11 in the past 24 hours.

The order reduces the size of gatherings from no more than 50 to no more than 10.

The order will remain in place until Thursday, April 16, but can be extended as conditions warrant.

“We have experienced signs of community spread,” Chairman Tracy Philbeck said. “It is clear to me that we have to be swift and act as local government to do what we can do to make sure that this virus does not spread beyond what is manageable.”

Gaston County’s order is similar to those adopted this week in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties, but differs in that it is slightly less restrictive on the manufacturing industry.

The county is setting up a hotline that businesses and citizens can call if they have questions about the order. They can call the ‘Stay-At-Home’ Community Hotline between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at 704-866-3170. This hotline is separate from the Coronavirus Information Line that is already in place. Citizens with questions about the virus or health-related questions, can call 704-862-5303.

Gaston County Government employees will institute its remote-working plan beginning Monday, March 30, utilizing key personnel. Gaston County will continue to serve its citizens as it is doing now, but through online and telephonic services.

Non-essential employees will be paid through administrative leave for up to 7 weeks.

“We should be calm,” Philbeck said. “We should be smart, and we should consider others at this time.”