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Durham Officials Support Phase I Reopening, But Urge Continued Safety During Pandemic

Post Date:05/08/2020


Durham Officials Support Phase I Reopening, But Urge Continued Safety During Pandemic


DURHAM, N.C. – Earlier today, Mayor Steve Schewel and Durham County Commissioners Chair Wendy Jacobs issued updated information in response to questions regarding the statewide Phase I reopening of activities that have been closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.


According to Mayor Schewel, “The unified local Stay--At-Home Order by Durham County and City, originally issued in late March with the latest amendment extending the order until May 15, remains in force in all particulars with the exception of regulation of retail sales. In the area of retail sales, Governor Roy Cooper's executive order of May 5 specifically pre-empts all local regulations and requires statewide compliance with the executive order's retail regulations. Retail businesses should look to the governor's executive order for guidance.”


Mayor Schewel went on to say, “Durham’s local requirement that residents wear face coverings in retail settings and in any situation in which they cannot maintain social distance remains in effect.”


Chair Jacobs said, "We urge retail businesses who will be operating at up to 50% capacity to follow the sanitation and social distancing practices required by the Governor.” Additionally, she thanked Durham residents who are keeping themselves and each other safe by frequently handwashing, wearing facial coverings, social distancing and using other safety advice.


Jacobs concluded, “We have a slow rate of viral and community spread; we are flattening the curve, but COVID-19 positive cases continue to increase as well as the loss of life. We must continue to be careful.”


Durham’s Combined Stay-At-Home Order is set to end at 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2020.