Stay at Home Proclamation
A Stay at Home Proclamation for residents of Cabarrus County, the cities of Concord and Kannapolis, and the towns of Harrisburg, Midland and Mt. Pleasant went into effect Thursday, March 26 at 5 p.m. The Proclamation was revised Tuesday, March 31 to align with the State of North Carolina’s Order and further clarify information in the Cabarrus County Stay-at-Home Proclamation.
The Stay-at-Home Proclamation is designed to continue preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The Proclamation directs residents to shelter at home and limit travel outside the home beyond handling specific essential needs. County leaders will continually review the Proclamation, and it may be revised or extended based on recommendations from the Cabarrus Health Alliance and Cabarrus County Emergency Management.
According to the Proclamation, Cabarrus residents should stay at their homes, but can leave to “provide or receive certain essential services or engage in certain essential activities and work for essential businesses and governmental services.”
Essential businesses or operations include healthcare and public health operations, human services operations, essential government functions and essential infrastructure. All these functions are fully outlined in the Proclamation.
- Visiting a healthcare professional for medical services that cannot be provided virtually
- Caring for a friend or family member
- Walking pets; visiting veterinarian
- Assisting with getting supplies for another person
- Going to a restaurant for take-out or delivery
- Going to a pharmacy for medications and other healthcare needs
- Receiving deliveries from any delivery business
- Going to grocery, convenience or warehouse stores
- Exercising outdoors, while maintaining the recommended social distancing of a minimum of six feet.
- Going to work, unless you fall under the essential services outlined in the Proclamation
- Visiting family and friends without having an urgent need to do so
- Traveling, except when for permissible activities
- Gathering in groups
Amendment of Declaration of Local State of Emergency
A Joint Proclamation involving Cabarrus County, Concord, Kannapolis, Harrisburg, Mt. Pleasant, and Midland was concurrently adopted on March 25, 2020 for the purposes of ensuring the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible, while enabling essential services to continue, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible.
All individuals living within Cabarrus County are restricted to their places of residence. All persons may leave their residences only for Essential Activities, Essential Government Functions, to operate Essential Business, or as otherwise defined in the Proclamation. All public and private gatherings of more than 10 people are also prohibited, except for the limited purposes permitted in the Joint Proclamation.
Park Playgrounds & Restrooms Closed
All Town park playgrounds and restrooms are closed until further notice. The parks remain open.
Amendment of Declaration of Local State of Emergency
No prohibitions or restrictions were put into place with the local state of emergency declared by the Town on March 16, 2020. However, as the COVID-19 crisis continues to escalate, it is now deemed necessary for protection of public health and safety of the Town’s residents that prohibitions and restrictions shall apply in the following areas:
- No gatherings of fifty (50) persons or more shall take place in the Town of Harrisburg during the term of the Declaration of Local State of Emergency, unless otherwise exempted in the Declaration.
- All gyms, fitness centers and health clubs will cease operations on their premises effective 6:00 AM on Saturday, March 21, 2020. This restriction does not prohibit gyms, fitness centers and health clubs from providing fitness or health instruction and programming through virtual access and streaming services to patrons, clients and other members of the public.
- Gyms, fitness centers and health clubs that are being used to provide childcare services on their premises to aid the Town’s response to the COVID-19 virus shall be authorized to remain open for the limited purpose of providing childcare services and activities specifically related to the provision of childcare.
- All public AND private playground structures should be closed immediately, until further notice. Public and private park areas, including fields, greenways and other similar outdoor amenities will be exempt from the provisions of this Declaration.
The state of emergency and this amendment to the state of emergency shall remain in effect until modified or rescinded by the Mayor or Town Council.
Town Offices Closed to Public
To protect the community and minimize opportunities to spread COVID-19, Town offices will be closed to the public, beginning Thursday, March 19, until further notice.
All essential services of the Town will continue without disruption.
See department operational changes and their contact information, as well as postponed or canceled events.
State of Emergency Declaration
In response to COVID-19, The Town of Harrisburg held an emergency Town Council meeting Monday, March 16, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. to declare a State of Emergency.
National information: www.coronavirus.gov
State of North Carolina information: www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus
Cabarrus Health Alliance information: www.cabarrushealth.org or call 704-920-1213
Harrisburg information: https://harrisburgnc.org/614/COVID-19 or call 704-455-5614. Follow "Town of Harrisburg, NC" on Facebook and "@harrisburg_nc" on Instagram and Twitter.