Rockingham County is under the State of North Carolina’s Executive Order enhancing Phase 3 restrictions. Through this order, there are several business and social restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID 19.
For those visiting our quaint county, we thank you for trusting us with your care and safety as you travel and experience all the wonderful things we have to offer in Rockingham County. We encourage you to travel and enjoy responsibly by practicing the three W’s (Wear a cloth mask over your nose and mouth; Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact; Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer). Visitors are advised to contact lodging properties and local businesses directly with and any questions you may have and encouraged to utilize online resources such as downloading visitor guides and brochures to limit person to person contact during this time.
Important Contact Information
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Hotline-1866-432-3821
PHASE 3 EASING RESTRICTIONS
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order 195 lifting the modified stay at home order, which previously required people to stay at home and businesses to close to the public between 10 pm and 5 am; the order also starts the easement of certain restrictions on businesses and gatherings until March 26, 2021 unless repealed, replaced, or rescinded by another Executive Order in an effort to address the on-going, public health emergency.
The number of people who may gather indoors will increase from 10 to 25, while 50 remains the limit for outdoors. The curfew on the sale of alcohol for onsite consumption will be moved from 9 pm to 11 pm. Some businesses, including bars and amusement parks, will now be open for patrons indoors as they adhere to new occupancy restrictions. Many businesses, venues and arenas will have increased occupancy both indoors and outdoors.
Executive Order No. 195 has two general categories of occupancy restrictions: 30% capacity and 50% capacity. Because indoor spaces have a higher risk of spread for COVID-19, indoor facilities in the 30%-occupancy category may not exceed two hundred fifty (250) people per indoor room or indoor space.
30% Capacity Limit (may not exceed 250-persons in indoor spaces)
- Meeting, Reception, and Conference Spaces
- Lounges (including tobacco) and Night Clubs
- Indoor areas of Amusement Parks
- Movie Theatres
- Entertainment facilities (e.g., bingo parlors, gaming establishments)
- Sports Arenas and Fields*
Indoor event venues with more than 5,000 seats may be excepted from the 250 person limit if they follow additional safety measures up to 15% capacity.
50% Capacity Limit
- Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries
- Fitness and Physical Activity Facilities (e.g., gyms, bowling alleys, rock climbing facilities)
- Museums and Aquariums
- Outdoor areas of Amusement Parks
- Salons, Personal Care, Tattoo Parlors
Safety protocols such as masks, social distancing and frequent handwashing will continue to be important as people adjust to the new order, health officials said.
See the full Executive Order HERE.
Click here for answers to frequently asked questions provided by the State.
We have been and will continue to gather information by working with local, state, and national agencies and encourage our visitors to follow any guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health authorities.
LOCAL HOTELS & LODGING:
All hotels are open and ready to welcome travelers. Check out their enhanced hotel cleaning guidelines by various chains, in response to COVID-19 HERE .
MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT TRAVEL:
The U.S. Travel Association, Visit NC, NC Restaurant & Lodging Association etc. has issued a statement offering to “Make Fact-Based Decisions about Traveling.” Read the complete report HERE.
COUNT ON ME NC:
Various businesses have completed the new COVID-19 training and are now a participating #CountOnMeNC location. As you see this logo around Stokes County, please know that our partners have taken their already stringent disinfection safety measures the extra mile that you can count on!