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All Mecklenburg County residents are under a stay at home order for the next few weeks. What does this mean for you?
Timeframe: The local order lasts until April 16, but Governor Roy Cooper’s statewide stay at home order effectively extends the local order until April 30.
The order requires residents to stay at home except for when they need to leave for “essential needs.”
Hopefully, this is close to what you’ve already been doing the last couple weeks — the order just shifts recommendations into a mandate. Violators could be convicted of Class II misdemeanor.
“The higher level of compliance we get with this proclamation, the shorter it will be,” said county manager Dena Diorio on Tuesday shortly after the order was announced.
Complaints: “There are still a lot of people who are not taking this seriously,” County Health Director Gibbie Harris said at a press conference Sunday, March 29, where she noted large crowds at parks and at the lake.
As of March 30, there have been approximately 300 3-1-1 calls in regards to a stay at home violation, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police spokesperson.
On April 3, CMPD released a statement that said it had charged a manager of Cool Cave Day Spa with violating the order after the spa continued to operate despite repeated warnings.
If you would like to report activity that you believe violates the stay at home order, you can do so by calling 3-1-1.