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State COVID-19 Restrictions Going into Effect for Clayton

03/27/2020

NC Governor Roy Cooper has ordered everyone in the state, including everyone in the Town of Clayton, to follow new restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19. You can click here for his Executive Order 121 which orders all of us to remain in our homes, except for those performing essential work and essential activities such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies like food or medicine, and for health and safety purposes.

This order officially goes into effect on Monday, March 30 at 5 p.m. but the Governor is asking everyone to try to follow these rules as soon as possible. 

WHAT CAN STAY OPEN: 

•    Restaurants that provide take-out, drive-thru, or delivery
•    Grocery stores
•    ABC stores and beer and wine stores
•    Doctors and other healthcare providers
•    Pharmacies
•    Hardware stores
•    Post offices
•    Office supply stores
•    Gas stations and convenience stores
•    Veterinarians and pet supply stores
•    Hotels, airlines, buses, taxis, and rideshare services
•    Places of worship
•    Child care providers (that are following the required NCDHHS procedures)

Click here for a full list of essential businesses in the order.

WHAT DOES "STAY AT HOME" MEAN?

It means people should stay at their residence and limit social interactions and travel for essential activities or essential business purposes.

WHEN DOES THE ORDER TAKE EFFECT? 

The order takes effect on Monday, March 30 at 5:00 PM.

WHEN WILL THIS ORDER BE LIFTED?

This order is valid for 30 days through April 29, 2020 but can be revised or extended.

IS THIS MANDATORY OR JUST GUIDANCE? 

It's mandatory. Everyone is required to comply if they don't fall within the exception categories in the order. 

HOW WILL IT BE ENFORCED? 

Governor Cooper is seeking voluntary cooperation from all state residents and businesses to ensure the health and safety of our communities. If people don't voluntarily cooperate, state and local law enforcement have the authority to enforce.

WHAT IF THE COUNTY OR TOWN ISSUE THEIR OWN ORDERS?

Right now, you'll follow the statewide order because Johnston County and the Town of Clayton have no orders in place that are more restrictive. Wake County, just over the border, has an order in place that is MORE restrictive in than the state, for example, groups of any number are banned and you can only be together with people who are in your family or who live with you. 

CAN I VISIT FRIENDS OR FAMILY MEMBERS? 

You can leave your home to care for a family member or friend, or to help their family member or friend get essential goods or receive necessary health care. You should not visit friends or family members if there is no urgent need.

WHAT IF I NEED TO GO TO THE DOCTOR?

You can leave your house for medical appointments or care. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please follow this guidance. If you have mild symptoms, stay home and call your doctor.

CAN I LEAVE MY HOUSE TO GO EXERCISE? 

People are encouraged to maintain healthy lifestyles, including outdoor recreational activity, such as walking pets and jogging. While exercising, you should maintain social distancing and continue to take protective measures to maintain your personal health and wellbeing.

CAN I EXERCISE IN GROUPS OUTSIDE?

As long as there are no more than 10 people and everyone is maintaining adequate social distancing you can do this, but it STRONGLY discouraged. Our Parks & Recreation department has reached out to the associated sports and community groups in Clayton to advise against this at this time. 

WHAT IF MY HOME IS NOT SAFE?

If you are living somewhere that is unsafe or becomes unsafe, such as victims of domestic violence, you are absolutely permitted and urged to leave your home and stay at a safe alternate location, which can include a hotel or shelter.

CAN I TAKE MY KIDS TO THE PARK?

All playgrounds in the state are closed and off limits at this time. Clayton's greenways, park trails, ball fields, tennis and basketball courts and open spaces remain open at this time, but you must not be in an area with more than 10 people and should follow social distancing. There are some places, like the City of Raleigh, that closed parks and made ball fields and recreation courts off limits to anyone. 

ARE MUSIC VENUES, HAIR SALONS, BARBER SHOPS, MASSAGE PARLORS AND OTHER PERSONAL CARE BUSINESSES STILL CLOSED?

Unfortunately, yes, because of the close contact required to provide these services. 

DO I NEED DOCUMENTATION IF I'M HEADED TO WORK AT ONE OF THE BUSINESSES THAT CAN STAY OPEN?

No, you do not need documentation to keep a business open or report to work at one. 

WHAT IF MY BUSINESS ISN'T LISTED AS ESSENTIAL, BUT I BELIEVE IT IS?

You can submit an application to the North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR) and they will review applications to determine whether the business is necessary to properly respond to this COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for the application and information.

WHAT IF MY BUSINESS MUST CLOSE? 

You're still allowed to continue Minimum Basic Operations. These operations include activities necessary to maintain the value of the business’s inventory; preserve the condition of the business’s physical plant and equipment; ensure security; process payroll and employee benefits, or related functions; and, activities to support employees who are working remotely. However, employees must comply with social distancing requirements, to the extent possible, while carrying out such operations.

DO DAYCARES AND CHILD CARE PROVIDERS HAVE TO CLOSE?

No. Child care providers are urged to remain open for first responders and essential employees, but they are also open to the general public. All open child care providers must follow the NCDHHS emergency child care operations and financing guidance.

CAN CHURCH SERVICES CONTINUE?

Churches can't have more than 10 people in a room and they must practice social distancing. Churches are encouraged to stream their services online to accommodate their members. 

ARE WEDDINGS ALLOWED?

Weddings are subject to the mass gathering ban and may not have more than 10 people. Participants should practice social distancing.

ARE FUNERALS ALLOWED?

Funerals are time-sensitive events and may not have more than 50 people. Participants should practice social distancing.

CAN CAR DEALERSHIPS STAY OPEN? 

Car dealerships, and other places that sell automobiles, are essential businesses that may provide relief for those who have transportation issues during the emergency and are permitted to remain open.

CAN I GO TO THE POST OFFICE OR OTHER BUSINESSES TO MAIL OR PICK UP PACKAGES?

Yes. The postal service and private mail and delivery services are essential businesses and will remain open.

CAN I GO TO COUNSELING, MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE GROUPS LIKE ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS?

They  may not have more than 10 people. Participants attending in person should practice social distancing. Group counseling services are urged to conduct meetings remotely if they can. Groups should make accommodations for remote support to the maximum extent feasible.

CAN I VISIT A LOVED ONE IN THE HOSPITAL, NURSING HOME, SKILLED NURSING FACILITY OR OTHER RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITY?

Sadly at this time, you can not visit a nursing home, skilled nursing facility, residential care facility or any other long term care facility unless it is an end-of-life visit. You may visit a hospital or other healthcare facility only to obtain health care services and supplies.

CAN I CARRY OUT A COURT-ORDERED VISIT WITH MY KIDS?

Yes. To the extent possible, maintain social distancing with individuals other than your child and limit meetings to places and activities that are permitted under this Order, such as outdoor parks.

WHAT IF I STILL HAVE TO GO TO WORK? 

Businesses have been encouraged to implement remote working policies for their employees. If you have been designated essential by your employer, you should continue to go to work and practice social distancing to the extent possible.

WHERE CAN I REPORT A BUSINESS THAT'S OPERATING IN VIOLATION OF THIS ORDER?

Governor Cooper is seeking voluntary cooperation from all state residents and businesses to ensure the health and safety of our communities. If voluntary cooperation is not achieved, state and local law enforcement officers have the authority to enforce the orrder, so you should call 911.

ARE GUN STORES ALLOWED TO STAY OPEN?

Yes. Gun stores implementing social distancing requirements for employees and customers as defined in the order may remain open.

ARE GOLF COURSES ALLOWED TO STAY OPEN?

Yes. Golf courses implementing social distancing requirements for employees and customers as defined in the order may remain open.

WHAT ARE SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS?

•    Maintaining at least a six foot distance from other individuals;
•    Washing hands using soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or the use of hand sanitizer;
 
•    Regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces;
•    Facilitating online or remote access by customers if possible.
 

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