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WEB EXCLUSIVE: The coronavirus is showing no signs of abating so it’s no surprise local leaders across North Carolina are issuing stay-at-home orders. Following the lead of other large counties, including Durham and Mecklenburg, Wake County issued its own stay-at-home order this afternoon. Wake County’s order goes into effect tomorrow, March 27, at 5 p.m. and will last until April 17. Raleigh and Wake County’s 11 other municipalities have signed on to the order.
According to Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin, the order mandates the following:
• All non-essential facilities, services, operations and retail businesses must close; grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals and medical clinics, gas stations, banks, media organizations, hotels, funeral homes and childcare centers may remain open.
• Gatherings of any size are prohibited.
• People of any age with medical conditions should not leave their homes except to get medical care.
• Practice social distancing (remain six feet apart from others) while in public .
• Only use public transportation if necessary. If public transport is your primary way of getting around, abide by social distancing, standing and sitting at least six feet apart, and use sanitizing products.
The stay-at-home order does not restrict the following activities:
• Shopping for food at the grocery store or picking up meals from local restaurants.
• Operating businesses that provide critical services.
• Caring for family members, friends or pets 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 local parks, greenways or nature preserves while practicing social distancing. You can also walk, run, hike, bike, play golf or tennis and walk your pets outdoors.
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