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COVID-19 COMMUNITY UPDATE

Rumor control: Stay-at-home order isn't a curfew

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Good afternoon, Wilson family.

The following information is the daily update for Monday, March 30.

RUMOR CONTROL: NO WILSON CURFEW

The City of Wilson and County of Wilson are NOT under a curfew. The Governor’s “Stay at Home” order that went into effect at 5 p.m. Monday says you should stay home unless you are doing a permitted activity. Permitted activities include grocery shopping, picking up takeout food from restaurants, seeking medical attention, going to the bank and visiting a park, among several other activities.

More information about permitted activities is available on our website via the shortened link https://bit.ly/2QWFVft. 

We encourage you to stay home as much as you can for the community’s overall health and safety. If you go out, stay 6 feet away from others and wash your hands frequently. Together, we can help keep Wilson safe for everyone. 

OPEN BUSINESSES

Business remaining open during “Stay at Home” order — traveling to these businesses is permitted:

• Restaurants that provide take-out, drive-thru, or delivery

• Grocery stores

• ABC stores and beer and wine stores

• Doctors and other health care 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

• Attorneys

• Child care providers (that are following the required NCDHHS procedures)

For a full list of essential businesses, please see the order at https://bit.ly/39yCy4C.

If your business is not an essential business, you can request to have your business established as an essential business. The following link will take you to the correct website to submit your request.

https://bit.ly/2WUTOhP

Q&A ON THE EXECUTIVE 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 at 5 p.m. Monday, March 30.

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 executive order mandatory or is it just guidance?

This order is mandatory. All people and other entities are required to comply if they do not fall within the exemptions that are specified in the order.

What if I require medical attention? 

Individuals may leave their homes to receive necessary medical care. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please follow guidance provided by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services here: https://bit.ly/2WY6F2H. 

If you have mild symptoms, stay home and call your doctor.

Can I take my kids to the park?

Unless your local jurisdiction has closed parks, people may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas while following social distancing and mass gathering guidelines. Public playgrounds and their equipment are closed for use statewide.

What is the current number of people that can gather under the mass gathering requirements?

A mass gathering is defined as no more than ten (10) people.

What are social distancing requirements?

• Maintaining at least a 6-foot distance from other individuals;

• Washing hands using soap and water for at least 20 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. 

SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

If you have been affected as a small business owner, help is here. There are several different loans that are being offered by the Small Business Administration. The link below will take you to the website where you can read about the different types of loans and apply.

https://bit.ly/34541Kk

ACCURATE AND VERIFIABLE INFORMATION

Do not rely on information that may be found on social media, messages you may get in your inbox or word of mouth. Our city government, county government, Wilson Times, health department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of Health and Human Services are reliable and verifiable sources of information. There is a link to each entity below.

City of Wilson Website

https://www.wilsonnc.org/

City of Wilson Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/WilsonNC/

Wilson County Website

https://www.wilson-co.com/

County of Wilson Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/wilsoncountygov/

The Wilson Times

www.wilsontimes.com

Wilson Times Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/wilsontimes

Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

https://www.cdc.gov/

North Carolina Department Health and Human Services

https://www.ncdhhs.gov/

PRAYER FOR OUR CITY

Thank you, Pastor Rusty Russell, pastor of Peace Church for leading our city in prayer on Monday morning.

If you were not able to see the prayer, it can be seen on Channel 8 Greenlight and Spectrum. It can also be seen on my Facebook page.

Please join us Tuesday morning at 9:15 am when we go live for our next Prayer for our City.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” — Psalms 46:10. 


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