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Posted on: April 1, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Wilkes Municipalities further strengthen State of Emergency Declaration

[Wilkesboro, NC, April 1, 2020] – Effective immediately, the towns of Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro will implement new prohibitions designed to fight the spread of coronavirus. These measures regulate behavior in public environments, particularly retail stores.  The measures also prohibit hotels and other short-term lodging businesses from renting rooms to out-of-town and out-of-state guests.

The updated State of Emergency Declaration now requires that patrons practice prescribed behaviors while shopping in retail establishments. The required behaviors are:

  • Only one individual per family should enter a retail store to shop;
  • A child should not accompany a parent into a retail store if there is a person of suitable age available to supervise the child elsewhere;
  • Social distancing must be maintained at all times inside a retail store or parking lot;
  • Shoppers must follow signs and directions posted by stores to enable social distancing;
  • Shoppers must wait for preceding customers to check out before placing their items on the check-out counter or conveyor.

The two towns will also now prohibit hotels and other short-term lodging establishments from renting rooms to out-of-town or out-of-state guests. Guests currently staying, or guests with an established pattern of visitation and who are known to hotel staff are exempted. Town leaders consulted with leaders from the local hospitality industry prior to implementing this measure.

These latest measures are being put into place to limit the opportunities for transmission of the virus in public spaces where spread could occur, and to prevent additional cases being introduced from outside the region.  

The State of Emergency will be in place through April 30, 2020.

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