North Carolina will be under a “stay-at-home” order beginning 5 p.m. March 30. Gov. Roy Cooper made the announcement days before in an effort to restrict the spread of the coronavirus.
“Because no one is immune, since there is no vaccination, the best scientifically proven tool we have is keeping our physical distance and staying home,” Cooper stated.
The order will be in place for 30 days. There are at least 20 other states that have similar orders in place, impacting countless Americans. Here are three things to know about North Carolina’s order:
Can I leave my home? What can I do?
The executive order advises residents to remain at house and travel outside their house only for a handful of reasons. They include heading out to acquire medical materials or services, picking up groceries or other needed items, and going out to public areas to take part in activities.
Social range when going out is a must. Here’s a full list of what the executive order permits you to go out to do:
- Looking for emergency services
- Acquiring medical supplies or medication
- Going to health care expert or vets
- To assist others
- Going to wedding events and funerals
- Going to get groceries or food
- Buy car supplies or other items to preserve safety, sanitation and necessary operations of houses or businesses
- Going out to stroll, hike, run, golf or bike
- Going to parks or other outdoor leisure locations (some playgrounds remain closed)
- Going to places of worship
- Offering with organizations that supply charitable or social services
- Going to work that is licensed to remain open
What services are vital?
Employees who operate in specific fields that are deemed as essential are enabled to continue going to work. Employees are told to preserve social distancing between coworkers and customers.
These businesses include:
- Non-profits working in CISA sectors
- Health care operations
- Human services operations (retirement home, child care centers, etc)
- Food and drink production and distribution, farmers
- Building and mass transit sectors
- Structure and ground management and upkeep
- Utility operations
- Cybersecurity operations
- Supermarket and pharmacies
- Garbage and recycling collection
- Telecommunication systems
- First responders, emergency management, police and courts and judges
- Filling station
- Spiritual centers
- Banks and other financial guidelines
- Hardware supply stores
- Post workplaces, other shipping, delivery services
- Alcohol stores
- Animal shops
- Schools (for the functions of offering remote learning)
- Laundry services
- Dining establishments that offer shipment or takeout alternatives
- Workplace supply stores
- Transport services
- Legal, accounting and insurance services
What takes place if you disregard the order?
Cooper says the order carries “has the force of law.”
Police has the right to prosecute those who violate the order. Such a violation could result in a Class 2 misdemeanor which could cause 60 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Nate Chute is a producer with the U.S.A. Today Network. Follow him on Twitter at @nchute.
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