Durham, now Orange, and next is expected to be WakeDurham’s order takes its stay-at-home effect at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26, and it will run through April 30.
Orange County’s order will take its effect at 6 p.m. Friday, March 27, and will also run through April 30.
Wake County will be holding a press conference about issuing a stay-at-home order at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26.
Here’s what stay-at-home means:
- People can leave to get groceries, medications, visit a health care provider, care for a child, senior citizen or disabled person or pick up educational materials and meals from a school.
- All gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. This concludes with athletic activities as well.
- Exercise and other outdoor activities that can be done within the social distance standards are allowed.
- Businesses considered “essential services” can remain open. This includes health care providers, supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations, utilities, banks, insurance companies, media, hardware and stores, construction, laundromats, hotels, dry cleaners, shipping, logistics, and transportation and moving companies.
- Also excluded from the order: building and construction trades, and other related trades, including plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of homes.
- Businesses may continue operations where employees or contractors are performing activities at home.
- Restaurants can continue to provide drive-thru, takeout, and delivery service. Retailers that don’t sell food or safety items must provide their goods or services solely online or through delivery or mail order.
- All places of public amusement where people may gather, whether indoors or outdoors, will be closed, including locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, aquariums, zoos, museums, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, public or private playgrounds, driving ranges, skate parks, recreation centers, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, movie and other theaters, concert and music halls, and country clubs or social clubs.
You can read more about it here.