CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - APRIL 21: A general view of the Charlotte skyline during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on April 21, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The city of Charlotte issued a Stay at Home Order on March 26, 2020 in order to further combat the spread of COVID-19 in the community. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Mecklenburg’s Stay at Home Order began March 26th, 2020, and was more restrictive than the state order regarding certain businesses – not considered essential. Now, the North Carolina “Stay at Home” order specific to Mecklenburg County ends on April 29th, 2020 and some restrictions will be lifted.

This decision to end the local order means Mecklenburg’s rules will match Cooper’s, according to the Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio on Tuesday. “The unified coalition of the County, the City, and the towns that began working together when this crisis started will stay together,” said Diorio. “We have agreed to proceed like the rest of the state as the phased reopening proceeds.”

All essential businesses must still abide by social distancing requirements including sanitary products, social distancing six feet from other individuals, hand washing, continuous cleaning, and wearing masks.

The following will now be considered essential businesses and activities:

  • Funeral services
  • Automobile dealers
  • Real estate services
  • Lawn and garden equipment retailers
  • Book stores
  • United States military, national defense, and national security interests.
  • Electronic retailers
  • Religious facilities and groups not exceding ten or more people
  • Insurance companies

North Carolina’s stay-at-home order is currently set until May 8th, 2020 but may be extended if the number of new coronavirus cases increases. You can read more on the order of Mecklenburg County here.

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