Raleigh, N.C. — On March 30, 2020, at 5 p.m., a statewide “stay-at-home” order goes into effect in North Carolina. The order expands the list of public places ordered to close to prevent the spread of coronavirus, lowers the limit for the number of people at gatherings to 10, requires people keep 6 feet apart when out of the house and extends the closing of public schools through May 15.
The statewide limits apply in all 100 counties, though some counties, including Wake and Durham, have set guidelines of their own.
“If a local community has enacted stricter orders than the statewide issue, the stricter order applies,” Cooper said. Most local orders, including those in Wake and Durham counties, are similar to state orders
Businesses closed to limit spread of coronavirus
By 5 p.m. March 25, the following must close:
- Bingo parlors
- Bowling alleys
- Iceskating rinks
- Indoor exercise facilities (e.g. gyms, yoga studios and martial arts facilities)
- Health clubs
- Indoor pools
- Live performance venues
- Movie theaters
- Rollerskating rinks
- Sweepstakes lounges
- Video game arcades
- Personal care and grooming businesses, including:
- Barber shops
- Beauty salons
- Hair salons
- Manicure/pedicure providers
- Massage therapy
- Nail salons
- Tattoo parlors
The governor also imposed a ban on visitors – other than essential health care personnel and those providing end-of-life care – to long-term care facilities, nursing homes, mental health group homes and other facilities for those with intellectual disabilities.
Wake County also ordered the closing of public playgrounds where shared equipment could carry germs. People can continue using open spaces at parks, including greenways and trails, while maintaining social distancing.
What’s still open?
The list of businesses required to close does not include:
Retail stores and workplaces that remain open are encouraged to take customers’ and employees’ temperatures before they enter their buildings. Anyone with a fever of 100.4 or higher should be turned away.
“Every business has to adapt in a way that makes sense for them, but ultimately, we want businesses to be conscientious and be taking forward-looking steps to ensure we slow the spread of this virus as much as possible,” Wake County Commissioner Matt Calabria said.
County officials also want the stores to ask customers a few health-screening questions before they enter to see if they have been having any respiratory problems.
Calabria said people should be prepared to answer such questions honestly to help slow the spread of the virus.
“We need to make sure that everyone is clear that, if you have shortness of breathe, trouble breathing, if you’ve been coughing a lot, those are the kinds of things that are indicators that you should stay home,” he said.
“The goal is to minimize the spread of disease in the community and also to maintain a healthy workplace, even though we’re in a pandemic event in this country,” said Dr. Jose Cabanas, medical director of Wake County EMS.
A county spokeswoman said officials understand that not all businesses will be equipped to implement the screening measures, but those that can are strongly encouraged to do so.
Published at Fri, 27 Mar 2020 20:40:43 +0000