Mecklenburg Health Department Extends Covid Restrictions Through February 28th


The Mecklenburg County Health Department has just announced that they are extending the heightened Covid-19 restrictions through the end of next month.

The January 6th order, which was initially set to expire on February 2nd, includes a 10pm curfew, mask requirements, and limitations to gatherings for non-household members.

“While our metrics have improved over the three weeks that the Directive has been in place, the number of cases, hospitalizations and positivity rate remain high,” said Public Health Director Gibbie Harris. “I am grateful to our community for their commitment to following the Directive, but we need to remain vigilant with the prevention measures that are necessary to continue to move our community in the right direction.”

Individuals in Mecklenburg County are now required to follow the actions outlined in the original Directive through February 28th, including:

1. Only leave your home for essential activities and remain at home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., unless an exception as set forth in the Governor’s Executive Order applies.

2. Avoid leaving your home if you are over 65 or at high-risk for developing serious illness.

3. Avoid any non-essential travel.

4. Avoid gathering with individuals that you do not live with.

5. WEAR, a cloth face covering, WAIT 6 feet apart and avoid close contact, and WASH your hands often or use hand sanitizer.

6. Quarantine and get tested if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19.

7. Answer the call and participate in contact tracing to protect against further spread if you receive a call or text from Mecklenburg County Public Health.

8. Get a flu shot and get the get the COVID-19 vaccine, when it is available to you.

You can read the complete modified directive here.