Morrisville to Transition to Phase 2 of Easing COVID-19 Restrictions, Continue Plan to Re-Connect
Beginning May 22 at 5 p.m. the Town of Morrisville will transition to Phase 2 of its plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions. On May 20 Gov. Roy Cooper announced that after two weeks of Phase 1, key indicators remain stable and the state of North Carolina will move into Safer At Home Phase 2.
Phase 2 lifts the Stay at Home order, moving into a Safer At Home recommendation, especially for people at high risk for serious illness. Teleworking is also urged when possible. Other highlights include:
- Mass gathering limits will be no more than 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors in most circumstances.
- Some businesses will remain closed in Phase 2 including: bars; night clubs; gyms and indoor fitness facilities; indoor entertainment venues such as movie theaters, and bowling alleys.
- Certain businesses will be open at limited capacity with other requirements and recommendations including: restaurants at 50% dine-in capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements; personal care businesses, including salons and barbers, at 50% capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements; pools at 50% capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements. Employees of personal care businesses will be required to wear face coverings.
- Childcare facilities, day camps and overnight camps will be open with enhanced cleaning and screening requirements. Retail businesses allowed to open in Phase 1 at 50% capacity will continue at that level.
- Public health recommendations are provided for worship services to practice enhanced social distancing and other cleaning and hygiene practices.
“We continue to adhere to the data-driven guidance provided by the state and Wake County health authorities,” said Morrisville Mayor TJ Cawley. “We are pleased that most key indicators remain stable, which allow us to take another small step forward. All of our decisions, as always, are made in the best interest of Morrisville residents, businesses and stakeholders. We request all our stakeholders to continue to make responsible choices and remember that we are all safer at home. Wearing a mask whenever you are near others, inside or outside, keeps both you and everyone in our community safer.”
See more on what's new in Phase 2.
Re-Connect Morrisville Update
The Town of Morrisville has updated its plan to gradually re-open over three phases to minimize viral spread while allowing businesses to operate in a safe manner. The plan is subject to change depending on updated guidance from Wake County Public Health and the State of North Carolina.
Phase 2 (May 22)
- Town Council meetings will include a combination of remote and in-person participation from council members and staff. In-person attendance will be limited to 10 people. This will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
- Park rentals resume, with observance of current guidelines
- July 3 fireworks cancelled; Town considering possible virtual alternatives
- July 4 Independence Day Pancake Breakfast cancelled
- Playgrounds and fitness stations at Town parks remain closed
- Athletics & Senior programming remain suspended
Phase 3 (Tentatively scheduled for June 26)
- Town staff returns to regular operations on June 26
- In-person meetings possible with social distancing
- Morrisville Aquatics and Fitness Center re-opens in July with limited schedule
- Senior programming will be re-evaluated
If there is a spike in infections, tightening of restrictions may be needed temporarily.
Morrisville residents who have non-emergency questions about issues specific to the Town of Morrisville can contact the Town’s Community Information Line at 919-463-7065 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Town leaders will continue to monitor the situation in coordination with the Wake County Public Health Division and the State of North Carolina. The Town of Morrisville encourages the proactive use of the following simple precautionary measures to remain healthy:
- Wash your hands thoroughly.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay away from sick people.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
- Practice social distancing when you venture out, keeping at least six feet between you and others at all times.
For the most up-to-date information about the local COVID-19 response, please visit WakeGov.com. You can also email questions to email@example.com, or call the COVID-19 information line at 919-856-7044.