Wake County issues Stay-at-Home Proclamation to help slow the spread of COVID-19

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 3:48pm

As the number of positive COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Wake County, so are concerns that the virus could overwhelm our local healthcare system. To help prevent that from happening, Wake County Board of Commissioners Chairman Greg Ford signed a proclamation today that puts a stay-at-home order in effect on Friday, March 27, at 5 p.m.

“If we’re serious about protecting our community, we need to get serious about staying at home, so we can slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Chairman Ford. “That’s why we moved swiftly to implement this measure. Our short-term sacrifices can mean very literally the difference between life and death for some of our residents – and it would be irresponsible not to act.”

The goal of the proclamation is for Wake County residents to stay home and away from others who are not immediate members of their family or household. By restricting contact, the county hopes to reduce the rate at which COVID-19 is infecting residents.

What is Not Allowed under the Proclamation
The stay-at-home order includes the following mandates:

  • All non-essential facilities, services, operations and retail businesses must close.

  • Gatherings of any size are prohibited.

  • People of any age with medical conditions should not leave their homes except to get medical care.

  • Social distancing must be practiced while in public.

  • Public transportation should only be used if necessary. If public transport is a person’s primary way to get around, they should abide by social distancing best practices, standing and sitting at least six feet apart and using sanitizing products.

What is Allowed under the Proclamation
The stay-at-home order does not restrict activities such as:

  • Shopping for food at the grocery store or picking up take-out meals from a local restaurant

  • Operating businesses that provide critical services like hospitals, government agencies and financial institutions

  • Caring for a family member or pet in another household

  • Providing childcare for parents who have to go to work at jobs that are considered essential

  • Utilizing plumbers, electricians, exterminators and others who help maintain the safety and sanitation of residences

  • Visiting a local park, greenway or nature preserve while practicing social distancing

For a comprehensive list, read the proclamation, which will remain in effect until April 16 at which time the county will re-evaluate the situation and determine if an extension is needed.

“We’ve been in constant conversation with our partners at the local hospitals and in the municipalities since the pandemic took hold here,” said Wake County Manager David Ellis. “Together, we looked at the growing caseload in our community and determined a stay-at-home order was the best way to help protect our residents and healthcare workers from contracting COVID-19.”

Information for Businesses
Wake County has set up a dedicated phone line – 919-856-7420 – to address business-specific questions related to the stay-at-home order. In addition, special FAQs focused on the business community are posted on the county’s COVID-19 webpage.

Wake County is also working with the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and Wake County Economic Development to help communicate with the business community about these changes and share important resources to support them during this challenging time.

For COVID-19 updates on Town of Wake Forest operations, programs and services, along with links to official health resources, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/covid-19-coronavirus.

Anyone with specific questions about COVID-19 and their risk can email  covid19.questions@wakegov.com or call 919-856-7044. Someone from Wake County's public health team will return your message within the next business day.