COVID-19: Information for Citizens

Last updated October 21, 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 Phase 3 of Governor Cooper's plan to coordinate the state's response and manage activities that promote the spread of infection. 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, and remains in effect throughout the current phase.

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: October 13, 2020

Post Date:10/13/2020 9:00 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!

Around Town

Downtown Multi-Modal Transit Facility Study
The comment period for the new Downtown Cary Multimodal Transit Facility begins Monday, October 19. The proposed facility would provide a convenient and connected hub for local and regional bus service, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), future commuter rail service, and Amtrak intercity passenger rail services. To participate, visit

Help Determine the Look of Chapel Hill Road
What do you like in a sidewalk? Separation from traffic? Sidewalk width? Shade? We're asking these questions and more in the Chapel Hill Rd. Visual Preference Survey. Tell us what you prefer in pedestrian and bike facilities, landscaping, streetscaping, and other design features as we re-imagine Chapel Hill Rd. 

What Type of Bike Facilities Do You Want in Cary?
We're planning tomorrow's biking facilities today, and we need your help. Answer this 5-question survey to tell us about you and your family's needs. Let's Bike Cary together!

Early Voting Begins Thursday
From Oct. 15-31, Cary residents will be able to participate in early voting for the November 3, 2020 General Election. Herb Young Community Center and the Cary Senior Center will serve as early voting locations in Cary for Wake County residents (view dates and hours) and Cary residents who reside in Chatham County may vote at one of Chatham's six early voting sites. A photo ID is not required to participate in the 2020 General Election. More information is available at

Zombiepalooza Submission Deadline 
Filmmakers, you have until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday to submit your zombie film for Virtual Zombiepalooza 2020. Visit the Cary Theater's website for more information.

Alerts, Closures & Reminders

Temporary Traffic Shift on Walnut Street
Developer crews working on the One Walnut Site at the corner of Walker Street and Walnut Street have implemented a temporary travel pattern change and temporary lane closures on Walnut Street. Traffic now runs in a two-lane, two-way traffic pattern along Walnut Street between the 200 block of Walnut Street to Kildaire Farm Road. This pattern will be in effect until Summer 2022.

Lane Closure on S. Walker Street
Developer crews working on the One Walnut Site at the corner of Walker Street and Walnut Street will implement a temporary closure of southbound S. Walker Street from East Park Street to Walnut Street.   Traffic on northbound S. Walker Street will remain open in a one-way, one-lane pattern, which will be in effect until Summer 2022.

Events & Meetings

All Week

Virtual Cinema at The Cary
All shows streaming | Details

The Tobacconist
Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud, a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship. 

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
Explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller, as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact. 

"Epicentro" is an immersive and metaphorical portrait of post-colonial, "utopian" Cuba, where the 1898 explosion of the U.S.S. Maine still resonates. 

The Keeper
An extraordinary love story between a young English woman and a German prisoner of war, who together overcome prejudice, outrage, and personal tragedy. 


Trivia Tuesday
Virtual, 7:30 p.m. | Free | Registration Required | Age 16 and up 
Bring your A-game and show off your trivia knowledge! This exciting series of challenges will test your knowledge of a variety of categories including general, pop culture, obscure knowledge, sports, and more.

Recognition of Exceptional Art in a Private Development Subcommittee
Remote, 9 a.m.
Listening information available on the calendar

Environmental Advisory Board
Remote, 6 p.m.
Listening information available on the calendar


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


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


Cary's Backyard Family Campout
Remote, Friday Evening, No Registration Required
Join us from your own home for Cary's Backyard Family Campout! Get your family together, grab a tent (or blanket fort), and set up camp in your backyard or living room. Spend some time together, make s’mores and crafts. Share you experience with us on social media using #carysbackyardcampout. At 8 p.m. we will wrap up the night with a campfire story from Bond Park on Facebook Live! Join the event.


Marvelous Music ONLINE Family Series: Atlantic Coast Theatre for Youth presents “The Fairy Tales of Grimm” 
Free Virtual Show, 10 a.m.
The Atlantic Coast Theatre for Youth brings tales such as “The Bremen Town Musicians,” “Rapunzel,” and “Snow White” to your home in a classical 19th century theatrical melodrama. This fun-filled, virtual show is loaded with laughs and interactive participation. Show Length: 45 min followed by a Live Q & A 
To learn more about the show, how to view it, and how long the show will be available online, visit Marvelous Music Family

Cary Downtown Farmers Market
135 W Chatham Street I Downtown Cary I 9 a.m. to noon
Visit the Market for seasonal fall favorites and local goods this Saturday! Grab the freshest produce, meat, eggs, cheese, milk and more from 9 a.m. to noon. Check our FB page for more details.


Athletic Committee Meeting
Remote, 6:00 p.m. 
Listening information available on the calendar

Give Help/Get Help

COVID-19 Relief 
Whether you're a citizen or a local business in need of help during the pandemic, you can find links to valuable resources for rental assistance, mental health services and more on our Help for Citizens page. 

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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