By Submitted Story on March 24, 2020
Dare County’s latest COVID-19 bulletin, issued at 1 p.m. on March 24, begins by calling for a halt to the ill-will and name-calling that has proliferated on social media and comment pages, particularly in the wake of the county’s decision to bar access, unless in “exceptional” circumstances, to non-resident property owners. The statement is below:
“We all recognize that times like these tend to bring out the best in people, however, occasionally the opposite can occur as a result of stress and fear. Our sense of community has always been strong when faced with adversity. Every person in Dare County is facing the uncertainty of this unprecedented crisis. Now is the time for heightened compassion and kindness. We truly are all in this together. There is no place for hate, ill will or labeling. Social media can be a useful tool for communication, but it also can be a platform for divisive and negative behavior. Everyone is encouraged to use social media to spread facts and information of support and care. Be kind to your neighbors and choose to look at the situation we are facing with understanding. Again, we are all in this together.”
The bulletin also reviewed the governor’s executive order of March 23 further that extends school closures and orders the shutdown of additional businesses.
“Yesterday, Governor Cooper announced an additional executive order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Executive Order 120 mandates all K-12 schools remain closed until May 15, bans mass gatherings of 50 people or more and requires non-essential businesses, where the ability to social distance is lessened, to close by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25.
Businesses ordered to close include indoor exercise facilities such as gyms, trampoline parks, and yoga studios, movie theaters, bowling alleys, spas, sweepstakes/bingo halls, and other similar facilities. The order also applies to hair salons, nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors and massage therapists. The order also requires long term care facilities to restrict visitation of all visitors and non-essential health care personnel, except for certain compassionate care situations, for example, an end-of-life situation.”