Dare County issues ‘Stay Home – Stay Healthy’ declaration during COVID-19 pandemic

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DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — Dare County has issued a declaration restricting nonessential movement to prevent the spread of COVID-19, officials say.

The declaration is called “Stay Home – Stay Healthy.” It will go into effect on Saturday, March 28 at 5 p.m.

“Stay Home – Stay Healthy” limits non-essential movements for Dare County residents outside of their homes.

Under the declaration, Dare County residents can:

  • Go to grocery stores, convenience stores, and gas stations
  • Go to the pharmacy
  • Visit health care facilities
  • Go to restaurants for take-out or drive-thru services
  • Care for a friend, family member, or pet
  • Go outside to walk, go to the beach, go for a bike ride, and other physical activity, while abiding by social distancing guidelines
  • Help others get necessary supplies
  • Receive deliveries

Under the declaration, Dare County residents cannot:

  • Go outside of their homes if they are sick
  • Travel, except for essential purposes
  • Go to work, unless providing essential services
  • Gather in groups of more than 10 people
  • Be closer than 6 feet from others in public
  • Visit friends and family if there isn’t an urgent need
  • Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, or other facilities — some exceptions apply

Activities that are considered essential under this declaration:

  • Movement for healthy and safety
  • Movement to get necessary supplies and services
  • Outdoor physical activity
  • To work for essential businesses and operations
  • To take care of others in need

The “Stay Home – Stay Healthy” declaration is not a “shelter in place” order, which would only allow residents to travel for emergency purposes. Dare County officials said they aren’t currently planning to implement a “shelter in place” order.

Anyone with questions should read the official release from Dare County here. The Dare County COVID-19 Call Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to help address questions. It can be reached at (252) 475-5008.


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