COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

North Carolina State Update

On Friday, March 27, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 121, a statewide Stay at Home Order beginning Monday, March 30 at 5 p.m. until April 29, 2020. The Executive Order directs people to stay at home except to visit essential businesses, to exercise outdoors or to help a family member. Specifically, the order bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs everyone to physically stay at least six feet apart from others. Read the press release and the FAQs. For more information, visit the Department of Health and Human Services website here.

This order supersedes the Stay at Home Order already in place in Mecklenburg County and the Town of Davidson.


Mecklenburg County Updates

Mecklenburg County has issued a Stay at Home Order beginning Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. in order to further combat the spread of COVID-19 in our community. This order directs all Mecklenburg County to shelter at home and limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs. This order is valid through April 16, 2020 but will be regularly reviewed and evaluated and may be revised, amended, or extended accordingly, based upon recommendations by the Mecklenburg County Public Health Director and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management. More information available here.

Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH) considers novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to be a very serious public health threat and has declared a State of Emergency. The declaration allows the county access to state and federal funds to offset the costs of fighting the pandemic.

Follow the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) for statewide information and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for national and international information.

Questions about the Stay at Home order can be directed to the Stay at Home Order Call Center at 704-353-1926.

Important Information:

  • State Department Issues a Level 4 Travel Advisory warning all Americans to avoid all international travel
  • Mecklenburg County Prohibits Gatherings of 50 People or More until April 12
  • Mecklenburg County Closes Gyms, Health Clubs, Fitness Centers and Theaters
  • North Carolina Closes Restaurants and Bars for Dine-in Service
  • North Carolina Closes Public Schools K-12, beginning March 16 through May 15, 2020
  • Mecklenburg County Stay at Home Order available here

For the latest, most up-to-date information, visit the Mecklenburg County Public Health website here.


Town of Davidson Updates

  • Mecklenburg County Issued Stay at Home Order on March 24, 2020. 
  • Town buildings, including town hall, are closed to the public.
  • Information about local businesses may be found here.
  • All town-sponsored events have been canceled through April 26, 2020.
  • All Mecklenburg County, North Carolina State, and federal orders do take effect in the Town of Davidson. 
  • The Town of Davidson declared a State of Emergency on March 23, 2020. View the proclamation here.

April 8, 2020 - Mecklenburg County Closes Parking Lots for County Parks

Mecklenburg County Commissioners announced last night, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, that park gates will be closed to all vehicles except bicycles. This closes all parking lots and auto traffic to these facilities effective today, April 8, 2020.

In Davidson, this closure affects both Fisher Farm Park and Abersham Park and closes the parking lots for both parks. All County parks remain open to the public for foot and bicycle traffic. Any cars parked illegally in closed lots or near the entrance to the parks will be towed.

Thank you for following these rules to help keep our community safe!

April 6, 2020 - Virtual Recreation Center is Now Open!

Running out of creative ways to spend your time at home? The Town of Davidson’s Parks and Recreation staff has compiled a list of suggestions for all ages, dubbed its Virtual Recreation Center, available here. We are committed to ensuring that our resilient community members have resources to maintain healthy lives, grow meaningful relationships and continue to have extraordinary experiences. 

We plan to update the page regularly with new links, so if you have a favorite site or an interactive video, send it to us at dpr@townofdavidson.org.

April 3, 2020 - Town of Davidson Fire Department Thanks YOU

As we’re now just over a week into the Stay at Home Order, Town of Davidson Fire Chief Bo Fitzgerald took a moment to thank town residents for their support during the COVID-19 pandemic and expresses his appreciation for folks staying at home. He notes it has made a true difference for first responders in our community!


March 31, 2020 - Help Recognize Our Gnome Town Heroes

The Town of Davidson recognizes that many residents want to help our local businesses in any way they can. Many of you continue to purchase take out from our restaurants and shop online from our retailers. All of our businesses are grateful for the support from our residents!

Our local businesses are focused on keeping their virtual doors open, and we are working to get them the support that they need, including funding available from the Small Business Administration and through the CARES Act. When the town asked our businesses if they needed anything, their collective response was, “no, thank you, but how can we help the community?” That’s not something you expect from every group of local business owners, but it’s something for which we are so thankful here in Davidson. Our businesses truly prioritize and value our community so deeply. In turn, we hope we can count on you to help us show them how much we appreciate them.

Learn how here.

March 30, 2020 - An Update from Town Manager Jamie Justice

All, 

It’s been a rough few weeks for everyone within the Town of Davidson community. We’ve faced new challenges together as we’ve moved through various responses to the coronavirus global pandemic – most recently moving to a Stay at Home order in Mecklenburg County that affects all Town of Davidson residents, followed at the end of last week with the announcement from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper that issued a Stay at Home Order for the entire state.

You’ve been receiving regular updates from the town as well as our elected officials about how we are handling this crisis at the local level. As the Town Manager, I can tell you I am extremely proud of how we have all been working together to ensure the health and safety of our community. It has also been particularly heartening to see the flurry of positivity going on in neighborhoods and in support of local businesses – this is not surprising for Davidson in the least, but still so good to see.

As the board noted in their last communication with you all, the team here has been working diligently to determine a path forward as appropriate for necessary town business, and I’d like to provide an update to that effect.

Read more here.

March 27, 2020- A Note from Mayor Rusty Knox and the Davidson Board of Commissioners

To the Davidson Community,

Yesterday, all of our cell phones simultaneously sounded at 7:50 a.m. The Stay at Home Order was about to take effect within Mecklenburg County, including those of us in the Town of Davidson. The COVID-19 pandemic is something that none of us expected to face while in office, or even in our lifetimes, but we can all agree these are unprecedented times.

Lucky for us, Davidson is a community unlike any other. If any town can (figuratively!) come together to meet a challenge head on, it’s Davidson.

Read the full message here.

March 24, 2020 - Mecklenburg County Issues Stay at Home Order

Mecklenburg County has issued a Stay at Home Order beginning Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. in order to further combat the spread of COVID-19 in our community. This order directs all Mecklenburg County, including all Town of Davidson residents living in both Mecklenburg and Iredell Counties, to shelter at home and limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs. This order is valid through April 16, 2020 but will be regularly reviewed and evaluated and may be revised, amended, or extended accordingly, based upon recommendations by the Mecklenburg County Public Health Director and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management.

A full list of FAQs may be viewed here.

Davidson Event Cancellations and Parks & Recreation Facilities

As a part of this order, the Town of Davidson will be closing all active recreation features including basketball courts, playgrounds and tennis courts.

Additionally, with the new order in effect and the Governor’s order, the following events have been canceled or postponed. Please visit the Town of Davidson website at townofdavidson.org for more information about potential reschedule dates when that information becomes available.

  • All April Parks & Recreation Programming
  • Concerts at the Circle: Rusty Knox Band – April 18
  • Gallery Crawl – April 24
  • Earth Day 50th Anniversary Festival - April 25
  • Art on the Green – April 25 and 26

Town of Davidson Police and Fire departments will continue normal operations. Public Works will continue to work with a limited crew. All other departments will be working remotely.

Town staff are currently working through a plan to conduct Board of Commissioners and Advisory Board meetings remotely that complies with the open meetings law. . More information will be provided as it becomes available.

There are no changes to the WastePro schedule for trash and recycling pick-up. Any adjustments will be communicated.

March 23, 2020 - Town of Davidson State of Emergency

Today, March 23, 2020, Mayor Rusty Knox signed a Proclamation of a State of Emergency in the Town of Davidson. You can view the full proclamation here. 

March 19, 2020 - A Note from Mayor Rusty Knox

Friends, Neighbors, Davidson Family,

I think we all recognize that we live in a special place. Davidson is best when it’s time to pull together. This time – the ask is tough, though. How do you come together when you’re asked to maintain social distance, when you’re asked to work from home, schools are closed, businesses shutter, and nothing feels normal?

We do what we’ve always done. It just might look a little different this time.

Read the full message here.

March 17, 2020 - Town of Davidson Closes Town Buildings, Including Town Hall, to Public

With the ever-evolving guidance regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Town of Davidson has decided to make the proactive decision to close town buildings, including town hall, to the public to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 in our community effective immediately. 

Read the full message here.

March 16, 2020 - Town of Davidson Community Rallies to Support Local Businesses

Many Davidson retailers are offering specials and curbside pick-up during the next few weeks. Please consider supporting our local businesses by calling in to place orders and pick up in one of the conveniently marked parking spaces for pick-up. 

See the full, and updated list, of local businesses offering curbside pick up, as well as those who have temporarily closed, here.

March 16, 2020 - Upcoming Events Canceled 

Based upon recommendations from the Mecklenburg County Public Health limiting gatherings to no more than 50 people, the town is taking the following actions:

  • Town Parks & Recreation programming and Civics 101 class will be suspended until further notice.
  • Staff who can work remotely are being encouraged to do so.
  • First responders remain ready and prepared to serve the public, following all recommended procedures and protocols.

The following town events will be canceled and rescheduled for later dates when possible:

Board of Commissioners and Advisory Boards

Livability Board Meeting – March 17 at 7pm at Davidson Town Hall
Design Review Board Meeting – March 18 at 7pm at Davidson Town Hall
Board of Commissioners Meeting – March 24 at 6pm at Davidson Town Hall
Board of Commissioners Q&A – March 26 at 6:30pm at The Linden
Planning Board Meeting - March 30 at 7pm at Davidson Town Hall

Community Events

Arbor Day Celebration – March 20 at 11am at Parks and Recreation
2nd Annual Mark Swaney Scholarship Basketball Game – March 20 at 4pm at Community School of Davidson
251 South Street Public Input Session – March 31 at 6pm at Ada Jenkins Center
Davidson Connections – April 2 at 9am at Homewood Suites
Beaty Park Volunteer Work Day – April 4 at Beaty Park

Read the full message here.