COVID-19: Information for Citizens

Last updated December 3, 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. Face masks are required at all times whenever someone not in the same household is present, including indoor and outdoor public spaces any time physical distancing of six feet is not possible.

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: November 17, 2020

Post Date:11/17/2020 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

North Academy Street Closure
The section of North Academy Street from East Chatham to Chapel Hill Road will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 17 for repaving of the street to complete previous work. A signed detour will be in place starting at 7 a.m., and work is expected to be completed by 5 p.m.

Events & Meetings

All Week

Virtual Cinema at The Cary
All shows streaming | Details

New This Week: Beast Clawing At Straws
A Louis Vuitton bag stuffed full of cash sends a group of hard-luck lowlifes on a desperate chase for the fortune in this pitch-black neo-noir crime thriller.

Now Playing
NY Dog Festival
The Tobacconist
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
The Keeper
Martin Eden

Ending this Week: Old North State Storytelling Festival
Virtual, On Demand, November 6-20
The Old North State Storytelling Festival celebrates the power of the spoken word, presenting eight storytellers and musical guests on a virtual stage. This year's theme, "Connecting through stories even when we're far apart" highlights how we can keep connected and celebrate together. Stories will be pre-recorded and available for viewing through November 20. For more information visit Old North State Storytelling Festival.


Cary150 Task Force
Remote, 6:15 p.m.
Listening information available on the calendar

Backyard History: Cary School Days
Virtual, 7:30 p.m. | Register
Did you know that before Cary was a technology town it was known for its secondary education? Learn about the local history of education.


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

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

Virtual Neighborhood Rezoning Meeting 
Neighborhood meeting for case 20-REZ-09 Long Beverage, 6:30 p.m.
Please register to attend by noon on Wednesday, November 18 to receive the link to the meeting. 

Virtual Neighborhood Rezoning Meeting
Neighborhood Meeting for case 20-REZ-10  Farmpond Road, 6:30 p.m.
Please register to attend by noon on Wednesday, November 18 to receive the link to the meeting. 


Council Quarterly Meeting
Remote, 1:30 p.m.
Listening information available on the calendar. Read the quarterly report

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


Cary Downtown Farmers Market 
135 W Chatham Street, Downtown Cary, 9 a.m. to noon
The CDFM will host a limited Winter Market every Saturday from November to March.  Shop all winter long from a select group of farmers, food vendors and artisans for unique handmade gifts and weekly groceries.  We are the community's trusted source for local goods all year round! Check out our Facebook page for weekly information.


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

Give Help/Get Help

Program Spotlight: Warmth for Wake
Wake County's seasonal energy assistance outreach program provides firewood and space heaters to low-income residents of Wake County during the coldest winter months. To apply for aid, or to give a gift of time, money, or firewood, visit the Warmth for Wake page on

Resources from the Town of Cary and Wake County
If you've financially impacted by the pandemic, both the Town of Cary and Wake County have compiled a list of resources that might help. 

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More News Releases


Contact Information

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

Wake County
Phone: (919) 250-1500