Message to the College on Coronavirus — Mecklenburg County Issues Stay-at-Home Order

Mecklenburg County issues a stay-at-home order, effective 8 a.m. Thursday through April 16. 

As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Mecklenburg County, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management Office has announced a Stay-at-Home order for County residents. The order will go into effect on Thursday, March 26 at 8:00 a.m. and will remain in effect for the next 21 days.

The order was announced Tuesday afternoon by Mecklenburg County Public Health Director Gibbie Harris during the Board of County Commissioners Budget and Public Policy meeting.

The order will require County residents to remain in their homes for the next 21 days as part of an attempt to reduce the number of new COVID-19 infections within the County. Exceptions will be allowed for those seeking medical treatment, buying food or exercising outdoors.

Essential workers, including hospital and medical staff, pharmacy employees, law enforcement, firefighters, EMS Agency (MEDIC), some government employees and food service and grocery store employees will be allowed to travel to work.

"As we said from the beginning, we must act based on what we are seeing on the ground in our community," said Harris. "Mecklenburg County has far more cases than any other County in North Carolina, and this extra step will keep more people away from each other and begin to flatten the rate of new cases before the hospital system becomes overwhelmed."

The order will be enforced by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

The order will not prohibit restaurants from providing take out or delivery options. It also does not prohibit daycares, homeless shelters, and government agencies from operating.

For more information:

  • review the Stay-at-Home order for County residents Essential Businesses and Operations section, 10. Educational Institutions may remain open "for purposes of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research related to COVID-19, or performing essential functions..."
  • review frequently asked questions and a complete list of essential services at

Visit coronavirus information for all of Central Piedmont's updates on COVID-19.