WAKE COUNTY, N.C. – On Thursday, the Wake County Board of Commissioners Chairman Greg Ford signed a proclamation that puts a stay-at-home order in effect until April 17. The order goes into effect Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m.
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In a press release Ford said, “If we’re serious about protecting our community, we need to get serious about staying at home, so we can slow the spread of COVID-19. That’s why we moved swiftly to implement this measure. Our short-term sacrifices can mean very literally the difference between life and death for some of our residents – and it would be irresponsible not to act.”
What is Not Allowed under the Proclamation
The stay-at-home order includes the following mandates:
- All non-essential facilities, services, operations and retail businesses must close.
- Gatherings of any size are prohibited.
- People of any age with medical conditions should not leave their homes except to get medical care.
- Social distancing must be practiced while in public.
- Public transportation should only be used if necessary. If public transport is a person’s primary way to get around, they should abide by social distancing best practices, standing and sitting at least six feet apart and using sanitizing products.
What is Allowed under the Proclamation
The stay-at-home does not restrict activities such as:
- Shopping for food at the grocery store or picking up takeout meals from a local restaurant
- Operating businesses that provide critical services like hospitals, government agencies, and financial institutions
- Caring for a family member or pet in another household
- Providing childcare for parents who have to go to work at jobs that are considered essential
- Utilizing plumbers, electricians, exterminators and others who help maintain the safety and sanitation of residences
- Visiting a local park, greenway or nature preserve while practicing social distancing