GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) Pitt County Board of Commissioners Chairman, Melvin McLawhorn signed a new State of Emergency Declaration with new restrictions that will begin on Tuesday to increase efforts to slow the spread of CVOID-19.
This new declaration supersedes the one currently in effect since March 18.
The declaration affects all unincorporated areas of Pitt County and includes requirements for some types of businesses to close, prohibit gatherings of 50 people or more, and restricts the use of playground equipment at parks (while maintaining access to open-air spaces and greenways).
These restrictions are set to take effect at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, March 24 and last for approximately two weeks, at which time a re-evaluation will take place.
Full restrictions of the new declaration include:
- Closing fitness clubs, gyms, hair and nail salons, barbershops, spas, tanning, massage, and tattoo salons, and other professional grooming services
- Canceling mass gatherings of 50 or more people, including both staff and patrons. *NOTE: This does not include organizations that provide critical services like hospitals, daycares, government operations, financial institutions; or retailers of essential goods like grocery stores, pharmacies, pet stores, and hardware stores
- Prohibiting the use of playground equipment at public and private parks. *NOTE: This does not include backyard playgrounds or open-air amenities such as greenways and walking trails
- Recommendations that retail businesses strictly follow the guidelines and recommendations of the WHO, CDC, and NCDHHS to promote the safety and welfare of their employees and the public.
Pitt County Manager, Scott Elliott says “these proactive steps are being made in an effort to minimize the need for more elevated response measures, such as a full ‘stay-at-home’ order as seen in other areas of the nation. With the cooperation of our municipal partners, community agencies, businesses, and our friends and neighbors, together we can achieve the goals of limiting the spread of COVID-19 and ensuring the sustained services for our community.”
GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) Pitt County Government issued a Declaration of a State of Emergency, signed by the Board of Commissioners Chairman, Melvin McLawhorn on Wednesday.
At this time no curfew, sales limitations, or other restrictions are enacted by this declaration; however, public access to all County facilities will be restricted, beginning Thursday at 8:00 a.m.
Despite these access restrictions, the County will continue to offer limited and essential services and programs.
Regardless of the level of restriction between facilities, all residents are encouraged to conduct business with the County online, by phone, or by scheduled appointment whenever possible.
County staff has been are preparing to modify workflows to accommodate this shift in the way services are provided.
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