Last updated May 27, 2020
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For information about statewide COVID-19 response and resources, dial 211 or (888) 892-1162, or text COVIDNC to 898211.
For information or assistance regarding COVID-19 in the Town of Cary, dial 311 from inside Town limits, or (919) 469-4000 outside Cary. Contact your primary care doctor if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, and call 911 if you are having difficulty breathing or need emergency care.
Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu. They are:
- Shortness of breath
COVID-19 can cause mild to moderate respiratory illness. Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms that do not require hospitalization, although there have been reports of severe illness with a small percentage resulting in death. Respiratory symptoms alone are not an indicator for COVID-19.
Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure. If you think you may have COVID-19, call your primary care doctor. If you are experiencing extreme symptoms or have an emergency, dial 911.
Stay at Home Orders
Yes, this order lifts the statewide Stay at Home Order and moves the state to a Safer At Home recommendation. It is important to stay home if you are sick. At all times, people should practice the "3 Ws": wear a cloth face covering, wait 6 feet apart from others in public, and wash their hands regularly.
High-risk individuals are urged to stay at home and travel only for absolutely essential purposes. The CDC defines high-risk individuals as:
- People 65 years or older
- People of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions, including people who are immunocompromised or who have chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis or liver disease
Phase 2 begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020 and remains in place until June 26, 2020, unless changed or canceled.
This Executive Order lifts the Stay at Home Order and moves the state to a Safer at Home recommendation, which consists of the following guidelines:
- Restaurants will be allowed to open for on-premises dining with limits on occupancy, specific requirements for disinfection of common spaces and 6 feet between each group of customers sitting at each table.
- Child care businesses will be able to open to serve all children, as long as they follow state health guidelines.
- Allows overnight camps may operate, following specific public health requirements and guidance
- Personal care, grooming, massage and tattoo businesses may open with specific requirements for disinfection of equipment, face coverings for the service providers, six feet of distance between customers, and a 50% reduced occupancy
- Indoor and outdoor pools may open with 50% reduced occupancy, following specific public health requirements
- People may gather together for social purposes, as long as they do not exceed the mass gathering limit of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors
- Sporting and entertainment events may be held in large venues for broadcast to the public, as long as the number of spectators on premises is limited to the mass gathering limit of 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors
For more information, read the full Executive Order 141
The Phase 2 Executive Order does not change the following:
- The Three Ws (wear, wait, wash) should be practiced.
- Public playgrounds remain closed.
- Bars and nightclubs remain closed.
- Movie theaters, museums, bowling alleys, amusement parks, arcades and skating rinks remain closed.
- Bingo parlors and other gaming establishments remain closed.
- Teleworking continues to be encouraged whenever possible.
- Visitation at long-term care facilities remains restricted, except for certain compassionate care situations.
- The following facilities that operate within an indoor space remain closed: spas, exercise facilities, gyms, fitness studios, martial arts facilities, dance studios, trampoline and rock-climbing facilities, roller skating rinks, ice staking rinks and basketball courts.
For more information, read the full Executive Order 141
North Carolina is currently in Phase 2 of Governor Cooper's plan to ease restrictions on the previously issued Stay at Home order. During this phase, more businesses are allowed to open, and people may begin to participate in some activities formerly deemed nonessential.
The following businesses are now allowed to open, with 50% of normal occupancy and regular cleaning practices:
- Grocery stores including warehouse grocery stores
- Convenience stores and gas stations
- Medical facilities for emergent care services that cannot be provided virtually
- Veterinarian offices for emergent pet care
- You may attend indoor gatherings of ten or fewer individuals
- You may attend outdoor gatherings of 25 or fewer individuals
Retail establishments, restaurants, pools, and personal care establishments are allowed to open, provided that occupancy is kept at 50% of capacity and regular cleaning and social distancing measures are in place.
For more information, read the full Executive Order.
Under Phase 2 of Governor Cooper's plan to ease restrictions on the previously issued Stay at Home order, more businesses are allowed to open, and people may begin to participate in some activities formerly deemed nonessential. However, some businesses are still deemed nonessential, including:
- You cannot hold or attend gatherings of more than 10 people indoors or 25 people outside at any one time.
- Unless you are providing essential services, telework is encouraged whenever possible.
- Bars and nightclubs where no food is served
- Indoor entertainment venues, including theaters
- Bowling alleys
For more information on restrictions, read the full Executive Order.
Public and private gatherings of more than ten people are currently prohibited under the North Carolina Stay at Home order.
No. If your business falls into one of the categories listed essential in the Phase 2 order, then you may continue to leave your home to maintain operations. You do not need to obtain any specific authorization from the Town of Cary to do so.
For a list of essential businesses, click here to read the full text of the North Carolina Stay at Home order.
Under Gov. Cooper's Executive Order 141, which consists of Phase Two in the plan to ease restrictions on the Stay at Home Orders, essential businesses may now operate under new Emergency Maximum Occupancy restrictions. This means:
- The maximum occupancy for essential retail businesses is now 50% of normal posted maximum occupancy. Retailers are responsible for calculating their emergency maximum occupancy, displaying it in a place patrons can easily see, and ensuring entrances and exits are appropriately staffed to enforce these limits. Regular cleaning and social distancing practices are also to be in place for a business to be considered compliant.
- Pools, salons, personal care businesses, and indoor dining areas of restaurants may now open as long as this reduced capacity is observed along with regular cleaning & disinfection practices.