Governor Issues Stay at Home Order Due to COVID-19 Emergency
On Friday, March 27, 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 121. The Executive Order may be found at the following link: https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO121-Stay-at-Home-Order-3.pdf.
A list of Frequently Asked Questions concerning the Executive Order may be found at the following link: https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/200327_FAQ-SAH-Order_FINAL.pdf.
The Executive Order, which took effect Monday, March 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., directs all individuals in North Carolina to stay at home except for reasons involving health and safety, obtaining necessary supplies and recreation, for outdoor activity, for certain types of work, to take care of others, to travel to and from a place of worship, to return to or travel between one’s residence for purposes such as child custody or visitation arrangements or to volunteer with organizations providing charitable and social services.
Executive Order 121 provides a listing of Essential Businesses and Operations that may remain open. Essential businesses, non-profit organizations, and employees thereof do not need documentation from the State to continue operations. Businesses and organizations should review the Executive Order and Frequently Asked Questions to determine whether they are considered essential an may continue to operate. Non-essential businesses and operations must cease all activities within the State, except for Minimum Basic Operations, as defined in the Order. Businesses and organizations ordered closed by previous COVID-19 related Executive Orders must remain closed.
Those excluded from the list of Essential Businesses and Operations may direct requests to the North Carolina Department of Revenue, which may grant such requests if considered to be in the best interest of the State.
The Executive Order also prohibits any mass gatherings of more than 10 people in a single room or single space at the same time, including confined indoor or outdoor spaces and parades, fairs and festivals. Some exceptions to the mass gathering limits, such as at COVID-19 Essential Businesses or Operations, stores, transportation facilities, and funerals, can be found in the Executive Order.
Local orders will apply if stricter than the Statewide Order.
The Executive Order provides for enforcement by state and local law enforcement. Local law enforcement intends to use a common-sense approach in enforcing the Order and urges all individuals and businesses to review the Order and to comply, in the interest of public health and safety.
Specific questions about the Executive Order or about the COVID-19 emergency can be directed to the McDowell County Emergency Management COVID-19 General Information Line at (828) 559-9683. Questions concerning impacts on businesses may also be directed to the McDowell Chamber of Commerce at (828) 652-4240 or (828) 803-1832 or to the City of Marion City Manager’s Office at (828) 652-3551.
The Executive Order is in effect for 30 days from its effective date of March 30, 2020, unless repealed, replaced or extended by another Executive Order.
McDowell County, the City of Marion, Town of Old Fort and all support and partner agencies thank the public for their compliance with the Executive Order and efforts to stay at home and practice social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community.