COVID-19: Information for Citizens

Last updated September 4, 2020

Current Status

The Town of Cary is under a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The State of North Carolina is currently under Governor Cooper's Safer at Home Phase 2.5, which restricts occupancy, gathering size, and business operations and is in effect until at least October 2. Executive Order 147, issued June 26, requires face masks in both indoor and outdoor public spaces where physical distancing of six feet is not possible at all times.

Cary Town Hall and all other staffed facilities, with the exception of the Citizen’s Convenience Center, are closed to the public. Cary programs and events have been canceled until further notice.

What We’re Asking of Citizens

  • Stay at home. Please only travel away from your home for essential needs.
  • Reserve calls to 911 for imminent threats to people or property. 
  • Maintain social distancing of six feet from other people when possible, as recommended by the CDC.
  • Always follow best practices for good personal hygiene such as hand-washing.
  • Wear a mask in public places where it is not possible to social distance, as required by the Governor's Executive Order
  • Whenever possible, stay home if you’re sick, and as always, take care of each other in every situation.

 Recent Town of Cary News Releases

This Week in Cary: September 15, 2020

Post Date:09/15/2020 11:19 AM

This Week in Cary

Events, meetings, and alerts will be listed Tuesday through the following Monday. 

For more information and activities, view our calendar!

Alerts, Closures & Reminders

Sound System Testing at Booth Amphitheatre
As part of a sound system testing and upgrade at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, music will be played at a concert-like volume which will likely be audible throughout the area on Tuesday, September 15 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Playgrounds Reopen
Town of Cary playgrounds are once again open to the public. When you're out in the parks, please remember to bring hand sanitizer, water, and a face mask for anyone in your party over five years of age, and always keep six feet of distance between yourself and others outside of your household. Learn more.

Around Town

Census 2020
September is the final month to complete the US Census.  With an estimated 78.5% of Cary residents currently reporting, we're above the national average, but we want to do better! If you haven't completed yours yet, please do so, and remind your neighbors and friends to do the same.  Learn more at

Chapel Hill Road Improvement Survey
Do you live near or use Chapel Hill Road inside the Maynard loop? We're looking to those that live, work, and travel in Cary to help determine the area's greatest needs for future developments. You can help by filling out this short survey.

Cary Teen Council New Membership Applications
Cary Teen Council is offering online-only new member registration for 2020-21 through September 18. Eligible applicants must be current 8th-10th grade Cary resident teens. Register today!

September is FitCary Month
Free Virtual Events all month long 
September is Fit Cary Month and we are celebrating all the ways to get, be, and stay healthy in Cary! Join us for free online activities all month long designed to help you and your family develop and maintain a healthy and enriched lifestyle. Details of all free events at

BEYOND: The Cary Virtual Film Festival starts Thursday, Sept. 24.  
This year BEYOND goes virtual, featuring 30 independently produced short films and three filmmaking and screenwriting workshops for all experience levels. Each film will screen on the web over four days alongside online workshops and Q&As, a special virtual table read of the screenwriting competition winner, and more. Visit The Cary Theater for more.  

Events & Meetings


Cary 150 Task Force Meeting
Remote, 6:15 p.m.
Listening information available on the calendar


Public Art Advisory Board Meeting
Remote, 6:15 p.m. 
Listening information available on the calendar.

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting 
Remote, 6:30 p.m.
Listening information available on the calendar


Greenway Committee Meeting
Remote, 6 p.m.
Listening information available on the calendar


No events or meetings.


Marvelous Music ONLINE Family Series: The Story Ship presents “Pirate Goodie & the Magic Chest” 
Free Virtual Show | 10 a.m. | 45 minutes
Celebrate International Talk Like A Pirate Day, and join Pirate Goodie aboard The Story Ship for a virtual kids show with magic, music, puppets, animation, interactive puzzles and games. To learn more about the show, how to view it, and how long the show will be available online, visit Marvelous Music Family Series.


No events or meetings.


Planning and Zoning Board Meeting
Remote, 6:30 p.m.
Streaming information available on the calendar. View the agenda

Give Help/Get Help

If you're a local business owner dealing with reduced revenue during COVID-19, you may qualify for assistance through the county's WakeForward program

Preventing Homelessness
Wake County has launched a hotline for people in need of affordable or temporary housing. Call 919-443-0096 or email

Financial Assistance for Citizens
Wake residents who need assistance paying rent or utility bills can take advantage of several programs from the county and state. Visit our Help for Citizens page to learn more.

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Contact Information

Town of Cary
Phone: Dial 311 within Cary limits or (919) 469-4000

Wake County
Phone: (919) 856-7044