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Governor Begins to Ease COVID-19 Restrictions; Town Taking a Measured Approach to Reopening


As North Carolina’s numbers continue to show improvement and vaccine distribution increases, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Feb. 24 that the state will carefully ease some of its COVID-19 restrictions. Executive Order No. 195 will take effect Friday, Feb.26, at 5 pm and will expire March 26 at 5 pm. (Click here for details of Executive Order No. 195.)

Yesterday’s Executive Order lifts the Modified Stay at Home Order requiring people to stay at home and businesses to close to the public between 10 pm and 5 am. The number of people who may gather indoors will increase from 10 to 25, while 50 remains the limit for outdoors.

The curfew on the sale of alcohol for onsite consumption will be moved from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Some businesses, including bars and amusement parks, will now be open for patrons indoors as they adhere to new occupancy restrictions. Many businesses, venues and arenas will have increased occupancy both indoors and outdoors. 

Executive Order No. 195 has two general categories of occupancy restrictions: 30 percent capacity and 50 percent capacity. Because indoor spaces have a higher risk of spread for COVID-19, indoor facilities in the 30 percent occupancy category may not exceed two hundred fifty (250) people per indoor room or indoor space. 

Safety protocols such as masks, social distancing and frequent handwashing will continue to be important as people adjust to the new order, health officials said. 

Read all the details about Executive Order 195, visit https://www.nc.gov/covid-19/staying-ahead-curve.

Town Facilities
The Town of Clayton has taken a measured approach to reopening town facilities. The Clayton Parks and Recreation's Community Center will reopen under strict COVID-19 guidelines on a modified schedule and with limited activities beginning Monday, March 1. It is the first Town facility to reopen to the public since December.

All other Town of Clayton facilities remain CLOSED to the public for conducting business in person. However, Town operations continue with staff working with citizens and other groups by phone and through online services.

Information outlining how each of our departments is conducting business follows.  

Town Council: The Clayton Town Council meetings are being held in person but with limited attendance in the Council chambers to allow for social distancing. COVID-19 meeting guidelines are included within each meeting agenda.

Citizens who wish to address the Council may do so in person, but they should email or call Town Clerk Kimberly Moffett by NOON on the day of the meeting so that their attendance can be accommodated: KMoffett@TownofClaytonNC.org, 919-553-5002.

Those individuals who do not wish to attend in person but who would still like to share a comment with the Council can forward comments to the Town Clerk by no later than NOON the day of the meeting. Please include your name and address and your comments will be read into the record. kmoffett@TownofClaytonNC.org. All meetings are streamed LIVE on the Town of Clayton YouTube channel. Click here for more detailshttp://www.ClaytonNC.org/council?

Utilities & Billing: Our Utilities & Billing staff is taking payments online, over the phone and retrieving them from the drop-box in the Town Square parking lot located on the corner of Fayetteville and E. Second Streets.

Planning, Engineering & Inspections: New development submittals are being accepted and all other inspections, permitting and plan review continues. Need a permit or other information: Click here for details. 

Parks & Recreation: Find updates about the Community Center reopening and spring sports here.

Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library: The Clayton Library recently extended its curbside book pickup service to 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Thursday and has added Saturday pickup from 9:00 am to noon as well. 12pm on Saturdays! Reserve books online at http://heml.bywatersolutions.com/ or by calling 919-553-5542, ext. 1, for more information.

The Clayton Center: The Clayton Center continues its Wednesday evening livestream concert series through YouTube and Facebook Live. Send an email to eventinfo@townofclaytonnc.org or visit The Clayton Center online for more information.

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