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

Cary’s A-Team Assembles for Annual Snow Rodeo

Post Date:10/15/2020 9:09 AM
  • Cary’s annual winter weather exercise brings together the A-Team to freshen up on best practices and adapt to new changes for inclement winter weather.
  • Brining trucks are being recalibrated and tested, and will begin spraying water on streets Friday, October 16. Drivers can expect to see plows driving routes on Wednesday, October 21 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
  • Take time now to prepare, including signing up at and following the Town of Cary on social media to receive real-time notification from Cary Town government.

Full Release

Cary, NC – As the temperatures begin to fall, the Town of Cary’s A-team is getting their motors running and hitting the streets during the annual Snow Rodeo. Brining trucks are being recalibrated and tested, and will begin spraying water on streets Friday, Oct. 16. Drivers can expect to see plows re-familiarizing themselves with equipment and routes on Wednesday, October 21 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Staff will review snow removal procedures and practice safe driving maneuvers to ensure familiarity and safety. A large part of this year’s exercise is preparing for a snow event in a COVID-19 environment; social distancing and sanitizing trucks between shifts will be a priority.

In real winter weather emergencies, the Town’s brine trucks are out 18-24 hours in advance of predicted weather to pretreat streets in an effort to prevent frozen precipitation from sticking. The Town does not clear private streets or parking lots, including those in apartment and condominium communities or at businesses and commercial centers. This year’s winter storm inventory includes 94 pieces of equipment – 64 plows and 30 spreaders – along with 3,700 tons of salt. There are 787 linear miles of streets in Cary, 549 of which are in subdivisions.

Take time now to ensure your home is prepared for adverse winter weather. Learn how to use your home’s master water shut off valve in the event of frozen/broken utility pipes. Review the NC Highway Patrol’s tips for driving in winter weather. Additionally, citizens in both Wake and the Chatham County portion of Cary are encouraged to visit to elect to receive real-time notifications from Cary Town government.


Primary Contacts

If you have specific questions about Town services or operations, dial 311 anywhere in Cary, (919) 469-4000 outside town limits, or email


Ready Cary: Cold Weather Preparedness
Driving in Winter Weather
Town of Cary on Facebook
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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