Governor Orders Shelter In Place Effective 3-30-20
Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 121, a statewide Stay At Home Order beginning Monday, March 30 at 5 p.m. until April 29, 2020. The Executive Order directs people to stay at home except to visit essential businesses, to exercise outdoors, or to help a family member. Specifically, the order bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs everyone to physically stay at least six feet apart from others.
The Order provides for essential businesses to continue to operate while prioritizing social distancing measures. The Order will be enforced in all 100 counties statewide, Governor Cooper said.
"To continue our aggressive battle against COVID-19, I have signed a Stay at Home Order for the entire state of North Carolina. Though it is difficult we must do this to slow the disease spread," Governor Cooper said. "We need our medical system to be able to care for the friends and family we know will become seriously ill from the virus."
If you do not think your business is included in the essential services list and you think it should be, you may apply online at the NC Department of Revenue to be designated essential HERE. Until your exemption is reviewed, you may operate as long as your business can accommodate social distancing in your workplace.
McDowell community leaders will be releasing a detailed joint statement on Monday, March 30, 2020, regarding enforcement here in McDowell and local efforts.
Read the full Press Release and review the FAQs.