Matthews CARES Act Funding Relief Program Round IINovember 4, 2020
Legislative UpdateDecember 29, 2020
UPDATED January 27th, 2021 – Governor Roy Cooper announced in a press conference that he is extending the current modified “Stay at Home” order until February 28th. Cooper said, “We are encouraged to see that our COVID numbers have stabilized in recent days, which is good, but the reality is that they are still high and that too many people are still falling seriously ill and dying.” The Order also extends the current capacity limitations, indoor and outdoor gathering limits, and other public health restrictions put in place under previous executive orders. For FAQ regarding the latest Executive Order, Click Here.
What’s new under this order?
- Certain businesses and facilities are ordered to close to the public between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. (the “Night-Time Public Closure Period”).
- This includes restaurants (with exceptions for take-out and delivery, as noted below), bars, entertainment venues, parks, museums and aquariums, certain retail establishments, and other businesses and facilities
- All individuals in North Carolina must stay at home or the place they will remain for the night between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. (the “Stay at Home Period”), unless an exception applies.
- The sale and service of alcoholic beverages is prohibited for on-site consumption between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
The capacity limitations on certain businesses, indoor and outdoor gathering limits, and other public health measures implemented by previous executive orders are extended through February 28th 2021.
The following Phase 3 restrictions remain in place:
- North Carolina’s indoor mass gathering limit remains at ten (10) individuals for indoor settings and fifty (50) individuals for outdoor settings.
- A face covering is still required in all public indoor settings if there are non- household members present, regardless of the individual’s ability to maintain social distance.
State and public health officials will continue watching key COVID-19 metrics over the next several weeks to determine if any further restrictions are necessary during this spike in positive cases. Currently, Mecklenburg and Union County are designated as “RED/CRITICAL” in Community Spread per the COVID-19 County Alert System.
The state’s personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies are stable. The Matthews Chamber has compiled this PPE Resource List to aid North Carolina business owners in procuring masks and other protective equipment for workers and patrons. We have also issued our Smart Restart Playbook, a free 64-page PDF that offers industry-by-industry guidance for businesses re-opening. Download a copy here.