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BOCC Chair Wendy Jacobs Signs Stay-At-Home Order for Durham County Residents

Order Goes into Effect on Sunday, March 29th at 5 p.m.

Post Date:03/28/2020 5:36 PM

Durham, NC - As concerns over the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to grow, Board of County Commissioners Chair Wendy Jacobs held a news conference on Saturday, March 28, 2020, to announce a Stay-At-Home Order for all Durham County residents to further help stop community spread of the virus. This order will go into effect beginning at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2020, and remain in effect until April 30, 2020.

"This order is largely an extension of the City of Durham’s order that went into effect on Thursday, March 26th at 6 p.m.,” Jacobs said. “This order makes just a few revisions to that order and extends it to the entire County, including Research Triangle Park (RTP), Treyburn Corporate Park and the unincorporated areas of Durham County.”

Residents may view the County’s order here and the City of Durham’s here.

According to Jacobs, the Durham County Stay-At-Home Order strongly emphasizes:

  • Social Distancing and Sanitation Requirements (Provision D)
  • Updates for Business Operations:
  • Limitations on Business Operations (Provision E)
  • Professional Services (Section r)
  • Childcare Facilities (Section s)

During Jacobs' remarks (view here), she gave close attention to Section r related to real estate services. The added section, prohibiting showings and open houses, hones in on activities that may only be conducted by a single individual and restricts the following activities related to closing sales:

i. Post offer inspections

ii. Appraisals

iii. Surveys

iv. Final walk throughs

v. Title services

“We can help stop the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. We know this an effective method to combat coronavirus,” Jacobs said. “We will get through this together; it’s all about individual responsibility.”

For future COVID-19 updates on County operations, programs, and services, visit the County's website and follow our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor and Instagram. We also have a YouTube channel.

To stay informed regarding the COVID-19 situation in Durham County and to learn more about how you can help reduce the potential spread of the virus, everyone is encouraged to visit the Durham County Department of Public Health's website or follow their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Residents with questions regarding COVID-19 should call the Durham County Public Health Hotline at (919) 635-8150.

On this page, you can view Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for answers to questions regarding the order prepared by the City.

For more information on Durham County’s Stay at Home Order, call (919) 560-0000 or email


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