WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - New Hanover County Commission Chair Julia Olson-Boseman signed an order Saturday morning imposing additional restrictions for New Hanover County residents.
In a press release sent out my New Hanover County Communications and Outreach, Boseman says “Staying at home is one of the best ways we can protect our community right now.”
The following closures/restrictions will begin implementation on Monday March 30th and will last for 14 days...
- Closure of playgrounds, team sport facilities, and public gardens.
- Closure of all public amusement places (whether publicly or privately owned or operated) where people may gather, indoors or outdoors. This includes children’s play centers, recreation centers, country clubs, social clubs, and more. Golf courses are restricted to allowing walking golfers or one golfer per cart to maintain social distance requirements.
- Closure of non-essential retail, including indoor or outdoor shopping malls, and retail facilities that that do not provide goods that are essential for health, sustenance, shelter, mobility, and hygiene. Delivery and curb-side service at all retail establishments may be continued. This restriction does not apply to grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, hardware and building supply stores, or gas stations.
- Closure of specific merchants, specifically: auto dealerships, boat dealerships and other motor vehicle sales points (not including repair or maintenance services), hotels, motels, and short-term lodging (except as allowed by a governmental request to assist with the emergency response to Coronavirus), retail or “captain” stores situated at marinas.
- Closure of inside carry-out food service that requires the customer to enter the interior of the merchant’s facility. Delivery, drive-through and curb-side food service is allowed.
To view the order in its entirety, click here. Boseman held a press conference at noon at the Government Center to formally announce the order. You can watch the full press conference below:
“I appreciate the mayors of our municipalities for joining me and the county in this effort. This is not an easy decision, but these additional measures are based on evidence and advice of our Public Health experts.” Boseman said. “We know that these will be short-term inconveniences that will impact our residents and our economy; but it’s important that we act and take this seriously in order to protect the health of our entire community.”
These additional restrictions come one day after Governor Roy Cooper issued a “stay at home” order for the entire state of North Carolina, effective 5 p.m. Monday.