Mecklenburg County has issued a “stay at home” order taking effect March 26 at 8 a.m. until April 16. So what does that mean for you when it comes to the law.
The order will be enforced by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the police departments of the six towns in Mecklenburg County.
Individuals or businesses who violate an executive order can face up to a $500 fine and 90-days in jail.
Businesses involved in a regulated industry may also face other licensing restrictions.
- Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store
- Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
- Visiting a health care professional for medical services that cannot be provided virtually (call first)
- Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru
- Care for or support a friend or family member
- Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise – just keep at least six feet between you and others
- Walk your pets and take them to veterinarian if necessary
- Help someone to get necessary supplies
- Receive deliveries from any business which delivers
YOU SHOULD NOT
- Go to work unless you are providing essential services as defined by this Order
- Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need
- Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out
- Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility or other residential care facility, except for limited exceptions as provided on the facility websites
- Travel except for essential travel and activities
Those whose work is deemed essential in the order can continue to travel to and from their jobs. Violating the order can be a misdemeanor.
For more information and updates go to: https://www.mecknc.gov/news/Pages/Update-on-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx