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COVID-19 Update from the Town of Garner

COVID-19 Update from the Town of Garner

Date: 03/23/2020 5:40 PM

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Good evening. We hope you're staying safe and are following good social distancing practices (stay home when you can; if you must go out, maintain at least 6 feet between others and yourself).

We wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that interim Garner Police Chief Joe Binns and Garner Fire-Rescue Chief Matt Poole will be on Facebook Live tomorrow at 11 a.m. to give a quick update on what our local first responders are doing to stay prepared for the COVID-19 outbreak. We hope you can join us for that. You'll find it at

As many of you probably know, Wake County has instituted new restrictions in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These restrictions, which went into effect this morning, include:

  • Closing fitness clubs, gyms, hair and nail salons, spas, tanning, massage and tattoo salons and other professional grooming services;
  • Cancelling mass gatherings of 50 or more people (including both staff and patrons). This does not include organizations that provide critical services such as hospitals, government operations and financial institutions. It also excludes retailers that provide essentials goods such as grocery stores, pharmacies, pet stores and hardware stores;
  • Requiring nursing homes, long-term care facilities and assisted living centers to cease group activities that don’t allow for social distancing. According to the Wake County declaration, residents can have only one adult visitor per day, unless it is an end-of-life situation, and the visitor must be screened for fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, a cough and difficulty breathing before they can enter the building (the governor's order will tighten these restrictions and go into effect March 25; see below);
  • Prohibiting the use of playground equipment at public and private parks.
  • Recommendations that retail businesses screen their employees and customers for fever and respiratory illness before they enter the facility and turn away those who are sick.

In addition, Gov. Roy Cooper announced today that he would sign an executive order that adds to Wake County's restrictions. In accordance with the governor's order, by 5 p.m. March 25, the following types of establishments must close:

  • Bingo parlors
  • Bowling alleys
  • Iceskating rinks
  • Indoor exercise facilities (including yoga studios and martial arts facilities)
  • Indoor pools
  • Live performance venues
  • Movie theaters
  • Rollerskating rinks
  • Spas
  • Sweepstakes lounges
  • Video game arcades
  • Personal care and grooming businesses (including barber shops and beauty salons, manicure/pedicure providers, massage therapy, nail salons and tattoo parlors)

The governor's order also imposes a ban on all visitors (excluding essential health-care personnel and those providing end-of-life care) to long-term care facilities, nursing homes and mental health group homes.

For local COVID-19 updates, visit

Stay safe.

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