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NC 'Stay at Home' Orders

NC 'Stay at Home' Orders

Governor Cooper issues statewide Stay at Home Order. Prior to the Governor's statewide order, North Carolina county and municipal authorities have taken additional local action and issued their own mandates with the force of law. These counties and cities include: Buncombe, Cabarrus, Durham County, DurhamGuilfordGreensboro and High PointMecklenburg, New Hanover, Orange, Pitt, Wake, and Winston-Salem. To ensure you are complying with the law and to help manage the discord of multiple government orders, the new restrictions enacted under each county and city is broken down below:

  • New Hanover County Issues “Stay at Home” Order (March 30, 2020)
    • More restrictive than the state order
    • Closes retail, hotels and restaurants that customers have to enter
    • Order takes effect on Monday, March 30th and lasts for 14 days
  • Durham County Issues 'Stay at Home' Order (March 28, 2020)
    • Largely an extension of the City of Durham's Order
    • Takes effect at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 29 until April 30, 2020
  • North Carolina 'Stay at Home' Order (March 27, 2020)
    • Statewide Stay at Home Order: requires citizens to stay at home except for “essential activities,” which is defined in the Order
    • The definition of what constitutes an “essential business” is broad and includes not only those businesses identified by the federal government as critical in its recent CISA Memorandum, but also a wide range of additional businesses (including construction, research laboratories, professional services, etc)
    • Businesses that maintain social distancing may also continue to operate
    • A business that is not included in the list of “essential businesses” may apply to the Department of Revenue and request to be deemed essential
    • The Order specifically does not preempt the Stay at Home orders of local governments, and if there is a conflict between the local and state orders, the most restrictive requirements will control
    • Takes effect Monday, March 30 at 5 p.m. and lasts until April 29, 2020
    • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Wake County Issues 'Stay at Home' Order (March 26, 2020)
    • New restrictions enacted: movement and travel restricted except for essential activities needed for the support, health, safety and welfare of Wake County residents
    • Individuals may leave their home to perform work/services in “essential infrastructure” as identified by the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and “Essential Governmental Functions” as well as other businesses as outlined in the order
    • Prohibits gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household
    • Takes effect on Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m. until April 17, 2020
  • Buncombe County Order
    • “Stay Home, Stay Safe Supplemental Declaration” to an existing local state of emergency went into effect at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2020 
  • Cabarrus County Order
    • Stay-at-home proclamation went into effect at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • Orange County Order
    • Stay-at-home order goes into effect on Friday, March 27, 2020 until April 30, 2020
  • Pitt County Order
    • City of Greenville in Pitt County issued a “stop the spread” order that went into effect at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • Guilford County Issues New Proclamation of Emergency Restrictions (March 25, 2020) 
    • New restrictions enacted: Prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people but excludes operations and businesses such as health care operations, grocery stores, banks and hotels. Professional services, such as legal and accounting services, are also excluded when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities. Bans the use of public and privately-owned playgrounds
    • Takes effect on Wednesday, March 25 at 5 p.m.
  • City of Durham Issues “Stay at Home” Order (March 25, 2020)
    • Order requires all residents to remain in their homes, but allows exceptions such as seeking medical treatment, buying food or exercising outdoors. Essential businesses and operations can remain open, such as hospitals and medical clinics, grocery stores, financial and insurance institutions, hotels and those providing funeral services
    • Businesses are allowed to keep minimum staff on the premises as necessary for payroll and inventory
    • Takes effect on Wednesday, March 25 at 6 p.m. and remains in effect through Thursday, April 30
  • City of Winston-Salem Issues “Stay at Home” Order (March 25, 2020)
    • Order prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people and requires all residents to remain at home except for those who conduct essential activities, essential governmental functions and operate essential businesses
    • Order lists 26 categories of essential businesses and services, including professional services, pharmacies, financial institutions and supply-chain and delivery businesses
    • New requirements for nursing homes, long-term care facilities and assisted living facilities relating to staff and visitors are included
    • Takes effect on Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m. and remains in effect until Thursday, April 16
  • Guilford County and Cities of Greensboro and High Point Issue “Stay at Home” Order (March 25, 2020)
    • Order requires all residents to stay at home and refrain from normal day-to-day activities
    • All non-essential business is required to cease. Essential businesses and operations include health care and first responders, grocery stores and pharmacies, financial institutions, critical trade occupations as well as manufacturing, distribution and supply chain
    • Takes effect on Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m. and remains in effect until Thursday, April 16
  • Mecklenburg County Issues “Stay at Home” Order (March 24, 2020)
    • New restrictions enacted: Prohibits public and private gatherings of more than 10 people but allows businesses deemed essential to remain open. Essential businesses include groceries, banks, hotels, funeral homes, day cares, restaurants among others
    • Order begins Thursday, March 26 at 8 a.m. and lasts through April 16, 2020

Federal Agency Resources

Federal Agency Resources

State and federal governmental agencies have resources available that can assist your business during this challenging time. For your convenience, we've gathered information in one central place from N.C. State Agencies, U.S. Government Agencies and Federal Legislation on protecting yourself, your business and others in your community. 

Federal Legislation

H.R. 748--Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)

  • Status: Signed into law by the President on March 27, 2020
  • Injects $2 trillion in the US economy through:
    • Small business assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program;
    • $500 billion for business loans: small, medium-sized and specific industry loans;
    • $100 billion to health care providers for health care related expenses or lost revenues as a result of COVID-19;
    • Increases Medicare reimbursements and attempts to address the medical supply shortage;
    • Increases unemployment benefits by $600 per week for a time certain and expands eligibility for certain workers;
    • Establishes a tax credit for employee retention where employer was subject to close due to COVID-19;
    • Provides relief for a number of retirement and benefit plan offerings;
    • Establishes multiple temporary tax provisions to provide liquidity for businesses, including certain tax credits and delayed certain tax payments.

H.R. 6074--Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act

  • Status: Signed into law by the President on March 6, 2020
  • $3 billion for research and development of vaccines, with more than $800 million for research for treatments;
  • $2 billion slated for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and $61 million for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA);
  • $1 billion for state and local public health efforts, including community health centers and state and local governments;
  • $500 million to allow for Medicare providers to administer telehealth services; funding for the Small Business Administration (SBA) to administer loans to affected small businesses.

H.R. 6201--Families First Coronavirus Response Act

  • Status: Signed into law by the President on March 18, 2020
  • $104 billion in funding and includes:
    • Paid emergency sick and family leave for those infected by the virus or caring for a family member who contracts the illness;
    • Free diagnostic testing for anyone whose doctors says a test is needed;
    • $1 billion in expanded unemployment benefits;
    • $1.25 billion for emergency food assistance.
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue an emergency temporary standard that requires certain employers to develop and implement a comprehensive infectious disease exposure control plan to protect health care workers.
  • Smith Anderson Alerts:

Economic Stimulus Package (Coming Soon!)

  • Status:

U.S. Government Agencies

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

→ Community Resources

→ For Healthcare Professionals

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS)

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Department of Agriculture

Department of Health and Human Services                                                       

Department of Labor

→ Wages, Hours and Leave

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Expanded FMLA Leave and Paid Sick Leave (FFCRA)

  • Includes the effects on wages and hours under Fair Labor Standards Act, job-protected leave under FMLA, and paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Act
  • Fact Sheets: View employee paid leave rights and employer requirements 
  • Questions and Answers
    • Families First Coronavirus Response Act
    • Fair Labor Standards Act
    • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Posters
    • Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave under FFCRA
    • Federal Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave under FFCRA
    • Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice – Frequently Asked Questions under FFCRA
  • Field Assistance Bulletin 2020-1:Temporary Non-Enforcement Period Applicable to FFCRA

→ Workplace Safety

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

  • Developed in collaboration with the US Department of Health and Human Services to help employers respond in the event of coronavirus in the workplace

Temporary OSHA Guidance on Respiratory Protection Standard

  • Suggestions and options to help increase the availability of N95 filtering facepiece respirators for healthcare providers

COVID-19 Webpage

Federal Contractors

National Interest Exemption to facilitate response efforts for COVID-19 (issued by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs)

Department of the Treasury   

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Export-Import Bank of the United States

Federal Aviation Administration

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

National Governors Association

  • Strong focus on what states/territories have done in response to COVID-19 with some federal information as well

Small Business Administration (SBA)

World Health Organization: COVID-19 (WHO)

NC Agency Resources

NC Agency Resources

State and federal governmental agencies have resources available that can assist your business during this challenging time. For your convenience, we've gathered information in one central place from N.C. State Agencies, U.S. Government Agencies and Federal Legislation on protecting yourself, your business and others in your community. 

NC Department of Health & Human Services (NCDHHS)

  • Agency lead for all COVID-19 action

→ For Businesses

→ Health Care Settings

→ Home Care Settings

→ Laboratory Guidance

→ Management of Scarce Resources

→ For Providers

NC Department of Insurance (nc DOI)

NC Department of Public Instruction (nc DPI)

  • Executive Order No. 120 (March 23, 2020)
    • Closes all public schools for in-school instruction until May 15th
  • Executive Order No. 117 (March 14, 2020)
    • Directs K-12 public schools across our state to close for students through at least March 30

NC Department of Revenue (NCDOR)

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