COVID Update - Friday March 27th - STAY AT HOME INFORMATION
Any violation of any provision of this Order constitutes an imminent threat to public health and will be enforced by law enforcement as a Class 2 misdemeanor in accordance with N.C. Gen. Stat. §14-288.20A. The Chairman of the Rutherford County Board of Commissioners and the Mayors of each town will continue to assess the quickly evolving situation and may modify or extend this Order, or issue additional Orders, related to COVID-19.
All individuals traveling to Rutherford County from areas experiencing community transmission of COVID-19 (especially including the states of California, New York and Washington) must self-quarantine at their home or place of residence for a period of fourteen (14) days commencing immediately upon their arrival in Rutherford County before entering the community.
Essential Businesses: businesses permitted to remain operational and open to the public during the period of this Proclamation.
2. Food cultivation
3. Manufacturing, distribution and supply chain for critical products and industries
4. Organizations that provide charitable and social services
5. Healthcare and public health operations
7. Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation
8. Financial and insurance institutions
9. Hardware and supply stores
10. Critical trades
11. Mail, post, shipping, delivery and pick-up services
12. Educational institutions
13. Laundry services
14. Restaurants for consumption off-premises
16. Home-based care and services
17. Residential facilities and shelters
18. Professional services
19. Childcare facilities
20. Hotels and motels
21. Funeral services
22. Solid Waste
23. Outdoor Services
24. Government Services
Essential Activities: activities for which individuals may leave their home or place of residence.
1. For health and safety
2. For necessary supplies and services
3. For outdoor activity
4. To take care of others
5. For certain types of work
1. Any travel necessary or related to the provision of or access to Essential Activities, Essential Government Services, Essential Businesses, or Minimum Basic Operations.
2. Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons.
3. Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services.
4. Travel to return to home or place of residence from outside the jurisdiction.
5. Travel required by law enforcement or court order, including to transport children pursuant to a custody agreement.
6. Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the jurisdiction of Rutherford County.
2. Washing hands with soap and water at least twenty (20) seconds as frequently as possible OR using hand sanitizer.
3. Covering all coughs and sneezes into the sleeve or elbow, not the hands.
4. Regularly cleaning all high-touch surfaces.
5. Not shaking hands.
Any event or convening that brings together ten (10) or more people in a single room or single space at the same time, whether indoors or outdoors. A “single space” shall include facilities such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, conference room, meeting hall, theater or any other confined space whether indoor or outdoor. Businesses excluded from gatherings of ten (10) or more people include Essential Businesses and Essential Government Services.
If you have any further questions please see the Frequently Asked Questions below or you may contact the Public Information Officer at email@example.com. To receive daily local COVID alerts, please text your zip code to 888777. ###
The order will take effect Saturday, March 28th at 6 am EST.
The order includes all of the unincorporated areas of Rutherford County, North Carolina, and all areas within the municipal limits of Bostic, Forest City, Lake Lure, Rutherfordton and Spindale. Unless you work for an essential business or are doing an essential activity, you should stay home.
Is this mandatory or just guidance?
This order is mandatory. To help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in our community and protect our friends, neighbors, and vulnerable populations, please stay home.
How will this order be enforced?
Staying home is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in your community. Local law enforcement will enforce this order. Adhering to the order will save lives and it is the responsibility of every citizen to do their part.
I work in an essential service. How will the police know I’m allowed to be outside my house?
Law enforcement officials will not stop residents who are on their way to or from work or who are out for necessities like going to the pharmacy or getting groceries, or just taking a walk. Citizens should abstain from all nonessential activities. Adhering to the order will save lives and it is the responsibility of every person in Rutherford County to do their part.
Will grocery stores be open?
Yes, essential services will still be operational including, but not limited to:
Stores that sell groceries or medicine
Will public transportation be available?
Public transportation is available and should be used for essential travel only. When possible, walk or drive yourself.
No, the roads will not be closed in Rutherford County. You should only travel if it is essential to your work or health.
If it is not safe for you to remain home, you are able and urged to find another safe place to stay during this order. Please reach out so we can help. You may call 828-286-2911 or contact your local law enforcement.
What about homeless people who can’t stay at home?
County Commissioners wants to protect the health and safety of all citizens, regardless of where they live. County agencies are partnering with community organizations to provide funding and resources to ensure our homeless population has safe shelter.
Can I visit friends and family?
For your safety, as well as the safety of those in your community, you should remain at home to help fight the spread of COVID-19. You may visit family members who need medical or other essential assistance, such as ensuring an adequate supply of food.
What about my pet?
You are allowed to walk your dog and seek medical care for your pet should they require it. Be sure to practice social distancing while out on walks, maintaining at least 6 feet from other neighbors and their pets.
Does the Stay at Home order mean I can’t take my kids to the park?
Families will still be able to go outside and take a walk, run, or bike rid but should continue to practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people.
What is the difference between the Stay at Home order and social distancing?
Social distancing is an important first step in preventing the spread of a disease like COVID-19 that allows people to go about their daily activities while taking extra health and safety precautions. The Stay at Home order requires people to remain in their homes unless they have an essential job or are doing an essential task like going to the grocery store or walking a pet.
Large gatherings, such as church services, will be cancelled to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Can I leave home to exercise?
Yes. Outdoor exercise like running or taking a walk is perfectly acceptable; however, exercise gyms, fitness centers and associated facilities will be closed to reduce the spread of coronavirus. While exercising outside, you should still practice social distancing by running or walking at least six feet away from other people.
Can I pick up meals being provided by my child’s school?
Yes. Schools that provide free food services to students will continue on a pick-up and take-home basis. However, if you are experiencing symptoms or are currently in isolation, you should stay at home and follow the guidelines provided by your physician.
Can I go out to do laundry?
Yes. Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers are considered essential businesses that will remain open. However, if you are experiencing symptoms or are currently in isolation, you should stay at home and follow the guidelines provide by your physician.
Can I take my child to day care?
If you are considered an essential worker under the Order, you can take your child to a day care that is licensed on an emergency basis for the purpose of childcare for essential workers.
Update March 24th - Noon
Today the Town of Rutherfordton is implementing additional changes to Town operations and services to reduce employees’ and the public’s risk of exposure to illness while keeping our Town services functioning.
Additional changes may be implemented as necessary due to safety, staffing, or other concerns.
- Town offices will continue to operate, but with limited staff and staff will be working remotely a few days a week. If you have concerns please call or email before arriving at Town Buildings.
- The Public Works Department will maintain staffing at levels necessary to ensure sanitation collection services as well as maintaining other Town properties as needed.
-Police and Fire Departments will remain at current staffing levels, but shift changes may be implemented by the Chiefs of each Department as needed to ensure maximum coverage while also protecting our teams.
- No public access will be allowed to any Town building unless by appointment, or necessary and approved by the Town Manager.
- The April 1st Town Council meeting will occur in person at Town Hall to establish that all future meetings after the April 1st meeting of the Town Council and all Town Boards or Committees will be held by video call or conference call until further notice. Each elected or appointed body shall make every effort to meet remotely until further notice. We will post information on ways for the public to join these meetings via Zoom, Facebook live and other video streaming apps.
Citizens are encouraged to contact the Town via Report a Concern website portal or by emailing Town Manager Doug Barrick at firstname.lastname@example.org who will ensure that the appropriate person or persons receive the message as promptly as possible. The Town’s Facebook Messenger & Instagram DM will also be monitored regularly. We ask for your patience as we continue to serve you in new ways.
Key Staff Contacts can be found at http://www.rutherfordton.net/staff_directory/index.php
Main Dial In Line 828-287-3520
Update March 19th - 5:30 pm
- The Norris Library remains Closesd however we do offer a full suite of online resources.
Schools and libraries are closed in efforts to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. However, there are digital resources available through the library. There also online learning websites which are now available for free. Please check out some of these resources.
Check out digital books, audiobooks, and magazines that you may “check out” for free:
- Download and install the Libby App.
- Open the app and click yes when it asks if you have a library card.
- Next, select I’ll Search for A Library and then enter your zip code.
- The result list will show both the North Carolina Digital Library and NC Kids Digital Library. Your library card and PIN/Password will work with both.
- Once you select either NCDL or NC Kids Digital Library, you will select sign in with my library card. Then you will choose CMC Library Consortium from the drop-down list. Your username is your library card number (no spaces) and your PIN (default is the last 4 digits of your library card number.
- After signing in, you may then select enter the library and begin searching and checkout items. You just follow the instructions on the screen once you select the item you would like.
You may also access the digital checkouts from the North Carolina Digital Library website. https://ncdigital.overdrive.com/
There are also some great reading and learning websites that are available for your use for free.
Storyline Online http://www.storylineonline.net
We Give Books https://wegivebooks.org
International Children’s http://en.childrenslibrary.org
Switcheroo Zoo www.switcheroozoo.com
National Geo. For Kids www.kids.nationalgeographic.com
Fun Brain www.funbrain.com
Into the Book www.reading.ecb.org
Highlights Kids www.highlightskids.com
Watch the Norris Public Library Facebook page and website for more digital resources!
- NC 2-1-1 is now a resource for people to call for assistance related to the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Update March 17th -5:30pm
As we work to continue to deliver core services the Town of Rutherfordton is working to keep our team and the public safe from the spread of the COVID-19 virus as best we can. At this time our protocols have not changed and the Norris Library will remain closed through Thursday. We are simultaneously working to transition to the Cardinal NC catalog system, once this is live we will evaluate the ability to curbside book exchanges for those looking for material. We do however want to be able to do this safely. Other relevant updates include:
All Town buildings remain on lockdown and employees are sanitizing in and out of the facilities for safety.
At this time, garbage & recycling collection will operate on a normal schedule.
We do still plan to hold the Town Council meeting scheduled for April 1st
As this situation is fluid, please check back for updates on the Town’s social media and website.
We ask anyone who is ill or sick to stay home. We encourage customers to practice social distancing and conduct any business they may have with the Town by phone. You can reach us by calling (828) 287-3520.
Update: March 16th -4:30pm
Mayor Dancy has declared a local state of emergency to help respond to the COVID-19 virus. At this time we are not changing any protocols from the earlier posts but the emergency orders will assist in helping state and federal resources should they be needed. We will continue to update as this evolves. We will be sure to pass along information. Our main goal is to keep everyone as safe as possible during this time to contain the spread. We highly encourage you to limit social interactions as much as possible at this time. #1Town1Team
Link to the State of Emergency Declaration
Our mission is to provide high-quality services to this community and to do that we must fully rely on our team to do so, given the current protocols released by the CDC and the Governor's office the Town is implementing the following steps. These steps are meant to ensure that operations of the Town can continue while protecting you and our team from infection.