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Businesses In Mecklenburg County (NC) Face Restrictions In Face Of COVID-19 Crisis


Mecklenburg County, North Carolina (Charlotte) issued a Shelter-in-Place Order for residents on March 24. The restrictions are effective March 26, 2020, at 8:00. a.m. The Joint Proclamation from the Chairman of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, the Mayor of the City of Charlotte, and the Mayors of the Towns in Conjunction with the Emergency Management Coordinator and in Consultation with the Mecklenburg County Public Health Director, restricts Mecklenburg County residents – including residents of Charlotte – to “shelter at their places of residence.” Residents are permitted to leave for essential activities, essential governmental functions, or to operate essential businesses. What do employers need to know about this order?

What is essential activity?

Generally, all public and private gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.  All public amusement locations [reference previous legal alert] remain closed. 

Individuals may leave home for the following:

What is Essential Work?

Essential work is not subject to Mecklenburg County’s Shelter-in-Place Order.  The following industries and jobs are considered essential:

What does this mean for non-essential businesses?

All non-essential businesses must temporarily cease operations, except to conduct “minimum basic operations as necessary” to:

Essential Travel

Mecklenburg County’s restrictions also require that any travel must be compliant with social districting requirements, and essential travel includes:


Any violation will be a Class 2 misdemeanor. The restrictions are effective March 26, 2020, at 8:00. a.m. 


We will continue to monitor this rapidly developing situation and provide updates as appropriate. Make sure you are subscribed to Fisher Phillips’ alert system to gather the most up-to-date information. For further information or advice on how to satisfy notice requirements as an employer, contact your Fisher Phillips attorney or any attorney in our Charlotte office, or any member of our COVID-19 Taskforce. You can also review our Comprehensive And Updated FAQs For Employers On The COVID-19 Coronavirus.

This Legal Alert provides an overview of a specific state law. It is not intended to be, and should not be construed as, legal advice for any particular fact situation.

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