Mecklenburg County implements a stay at home policy

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Mecklenburg County residents have been ordered to stay at home as the world faces the growing coronavirus outbreak.

“On March 14 we identified our third case. In a matter of 10 days the total number of cases has increased significantly,” said Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio.

“Based on predictive modeling, if the current state continues, we could see the number of cases double every four days in the state of North Carolina.”

The stay at home proclamation was executed by the Mecklenburg County emergency management together with public health, the county, the city, and the towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville.

Diorio announced the proclamation will start at 8 AM on Thursday, March 26, and end by April 16. The order may be extended, amended, or rescinded.


Based on the proclamation, residents Mecklenburg County can still:

  • Shop at grocery stores
  • Visit pharmacies
  • Shop at hardware stores
  • Visit medical services and doctors, but only if telehealth is not available
  • Visit restaurant drive-thru and take-out
  • Care for others
  • Exercise, such as visiting a greenway, park, or walking the dog so long as 6 feet of separation is maintained
  • Shop for necessary supplies
  • Receive home deliverers

However, residents may not:

  • Go to work, except for those residents who maintain essential jobs
  • Attend social gatherings

“The CMPD encourages continued voluntary cooperation from the community but they department does have the authority to issued citations and/or make misdemeanor arrests if all efforts for voluntary cooperation cannot be attained,” says the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.