A Message from the Davidson Board of Commissioners
To the Davidson Community,
Last week, Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte and all six towns decided to transition from a county-wide Stay-at-Home Order to follow under Governor Cooper’s wider Stay-at-Home Order for the entire state of North Carolina. This change means a few more businesses in town are now able to offer curbside pickup as the definition of “essential businesses” has been slightly broadened. The transition to the state Stay-at-Home Order also allowed for tennis courts and parking lots at both Fisher Farm and Abersham Park to open at the end of last week.
We want to highlight just a few more important things as we move under the state’s order.
- COVID-19 STILL A CONCERN: This does NOT mean COVID-19 is no longer a concern in our community. We urge all residents to continue to stay at home as much as possible, leaving your homes only for essential trips, washing your hands and practicing good hygiene, wearing masks in situations where social and physical distancing is difficult. More guidance is available here.
- RESPECT THE ORDER: For those residents and businesses impacted by the transition to the state order, we are depending on you all to respect the guidance in this order. Please adhere to all restrictions from the state to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help the data keep trending in the right direction. Only through your responsible actions, and continued adherence to the Stay-at-Home Order by all residents, can we help move the needle toward a Phase I reopening.
- BE PATIENT: We know this continues to be a difficult situation for most of you, but we ask for your continued patience. Be kind to yourselves and to each other. We know everyone is eager to return to normal, but we also all recognize “normal” is still a way off. In the interim, we can be smart and compassionate as we care for ourselves, our families and friends, our neighbors, our local businesses, and the community we love here in Davidson.
Meanwhile, we are working hard to provide assistance to local businesses, guiding them through the process to apply for grant funding and loans through county, state and federal programs. We invited County Manager Dena Diorio and Public Health Director Gibbie Harris to join us at our last board meeting to provide an update about COVID-19, and our next board meeting on May 12, 2020 will include North Carolina State Senator Natasha Marcus and North Carolina House Representative Christy Clark. It’s a priority for us that we advocate for everyone in our community and keep all Davidson residents and business owners informed, particularly as we move into the next phases of reopening.
While we are hopeful to be able to enter into Phase I of Governor Cooper’s plan in the near future, we recognize that this is not a drastic change from the current Stay-at-Home Order. Transitioning to Phase I is not a wide-scale lifting of the entire order, but rather a very strategic, calculated opening of specific restrictions to be able to slowly reopen the economy and our community safely. We as a state will have to continue to hit certain benchmarks and data points to progress through the reopening phases. More details of the Governor’s plan may be found here.
If you have other specific questions about the North Carolina State Stay-at-Home Order, you can view a helpful list of FAQ’s on the state’s website that addresses a lot of concerns here. The Mecklenburg County Public Health hotline remains open this week, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 980-314-9400. You may also call 211 at any time. As always, you can email all five commissioners and the mayor by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mayor Rusty Knox
Commissioner Jane Campbell
Commissioner Jim Fuller
Commissioner Matthew Fort
Commissioner Autumn Rierson-Michael
Commissioner David Sitton