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Mecklenburg Stay at Home Order Explained

Brett Jensen
March 25, 2020 - 5:24 pm

With the Stay-At-Home order issued by Mecklenburg County now in place until April 16, many residents are asking why this is necessary at this time.

County Health Director Gibbie Harris said without question, the time as come to issue this directive.

“As we said from the beginning, we must act based on what we are seeing on the ground in our community,” she said. “Mecklenburg county has far more cases than any other county in North Carolina, and this extra step will keep more people away from each other and begin to flatten the rate of new cases before the hospital system becomes overwhelmed.”

Because this order has many variables and can be a little confusing, residents may have some questions on what they can or can’t do. 

In order to help you answer some of those questions, here are some guidelines as provided by the county to follow:

The order goes from 8 a.m., March 26, until midnight on April 16.

As of now, you are allowed to leave your house to go to an approved workplace, seek medical treatment, buy food and exercise outdoors, which includes golf.

 

THINGS ALLOWED

Leaving the home

To get necessary supplies and services, such as groceries, household products, maintenance supplies at hardware or home improvement centers.

Medical situations, such as visiting a doctor or going to the pharmacy.

Outdoor activities, such as boating, golf, jogging, walking, going to parks and greenways, cycling and hiking.

For certain types of work that perform employment that provide essentials products and services.

To take care of others, such as family, a friend or the wellbeing of a pet.

 

Essential Infrastructure

Dealing with food – production, distribution and sale.

Construction.

Building management.

Airport operations.

Operations with utilities.

Distribution centers.

Internet, video and telecommunications systems.

Many more.

 

Essential Businesses and Operations

All healthcare.

Government.

Stores that sell groceries.

Pharmacies.

Certified Farmers’ Markets.

Convenience stores.

Other retail that sells consumable goods.

Places that provide life services for animals.

Charitable services.

Media.

Gas stations.

Financial Institutions, such as banks, pawnshops and lenders.

Hardware and supply stores.

Tradesmen, such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators and janitorial.

Mail and package delivery.

Educational.

For more information, please visit Mecklenburg County Stay at Home Order, or call 704-353-1936 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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