WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Winston-Salem Police Department said it will enforce the stay-at-home order which begins Friday night.
Police said they will enforce the order first through education, dialogue while seeking voluntary cooperation from all residents and businesses.
They also said if voluntary cooperation is not achieved that the Winston-Salem Police Department is equipped to enforce the restrictions through citations.
The stay-at-home order takes effect at 5 p.m. Friday and will remain through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 16.
The order means all individuals currently living within the City of Winston-Salem are restricted to stay at their place of residence. However, you can leave your home only for essential activities, essential governmental functions, to operate essential business. You must also comply with Social Distancing while leaving the home for all essential activities, functions, and business.
What is and not allowed?
- Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store.
- Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other health-care necessities.
- Visit a health-care professional for medical services that cannot be provided online or over the phone (call first!).
- Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-through.
- Care for or support a friend or family member.
- Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise – just keep at least six feet between you and others.
- Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian if necessary.
- Help someone to get necessary supplies.
- Receive deliveries from any business which delivers.
YOU SHOULD NOT
- Go to work unless you are providing essential services as defined by the order.
- Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need.
- Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out.
- Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility or other residential care facility, except for limited exceptions as provided on the facility websites.
- Leave your home except for essential travel and activities.
FACTS NOT FEAR
Remember facts, not fear when talking about the coronavirus. You should take the same measures recommended by health leaders to prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses. That means washing your hands, avoiding touching your face, and covering coughs and sneezes.
WHERE YOU GET INFORMATION ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS IS IMPORTANT
It is important to make sure the information you are getting about the coronavirus is coming directly from reliable sources like the CDC and NCDHHS. Be careful not to spread misinformation about coronavirus on social media.
NC CORONAVIRUS HOTLINE
The state also has a special hotline set up where you can call 2-1-1 or 866-462-3821 for more information on the coronavirus. You can also submit questions online at ncpoisoncontrol.org or select chat to talk with someone about the virus.
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