Beaufort Mayor Rett Newton signed a proclamation late Monday afternoon ordering all town residents to stay home, all nonessential business to cease, and closing roads to restrict access. Essential government services will continue.
The order goes into effect at 6 am Wednesday, March 25 and will remain in effect until April 22 unless extended. Read the full proclamation here.
“This is a big deal, it is not taken lightly. It shows the seriousness of this situation,” the Mayor said in a video statement posted to Facebook.
The town followed the announcement with a list of “cans” and “should nots,” seen below.
Residents may leave to engage in certain essential activities, work for essential business, or provide essential government services. Those activities include medical visits, exercise, certain types of work, trips to the store for necessary supplies, or caking care of another person.
Businesses located within town limits are ordered to cease all nonessential business. Essential business includes grocery stores, gas stations, medical providers, pharmacies, banks, supply stores, legal services, restaurants, childcare facilities, and others. A full list is available in the proclamation here.
A single point of entry will be open for the town. Live Oak St. will be closed at Lena Perry Dr. and Turner St. will be closed at US 70. The intersection at Highway 101 and the Beaufort Bypass will be open.
Visitors who are not county residents of property owners are discouraged from coming to town.
A brief of the proclamation reads:
THIS PROCLAMATION DIRECTS:
A. ALL INDIVIDUALS CURRENTLY LIVING IN THE TOWN OF BEAUFORT, NC TO REMAIN AT THEIR PLACE OF RESIDENCE, EXCEPT THAT THEY MAY LEAVE TO:
a. ENGAGE IN CERTAIN ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES; OR b. WORK FOR ESSENTIAL BUSINESS; OR c. PROVIDE ESSENTIAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES.
B. ALL BUSINESSES WITH PHYSICAL LOCATIONS IN THE TOWN OF BEAUFORT TO CEASE NONESSENTIAL OPERATIONS;
C. CONTINUATION OF ESSENTIAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES;
D. ROAD CLOSURES TO RESTRICT ACCESS INTO AND OUT OF TOWN; AND
E. ALL INDIVIDUALS TO REPORT COVID-19 SYMPTOMS OR EXPOSURE AND SELF-ISOLATE.
Read the full proclamation here.