North Carolina hit a record number of per-day cases of Covid-19 this week following the Thanksgiving holiday. The state has responded to the upward trend with Order 181, which mandates a curfew among other new and/or extended restrictions. How is this new curfew affecting North Carolina residents and businesses?
What are the new curfew rules in Raleigh?
Following Order 180, which mandated the use of face masks or other facial coverings while in public spaces, Order 181 extends the mask mandate, includes a curfew, and also extends the existing restrictions on gatherings and capacity limits for businesses. The new order aims to curb the spike in Covid-19 cases in order to save lives, prevent hospitals from running out of beds, and reserve healthcare resources for those who are seriously ill.
The curfew begins at 10pm and ends at 5am every day of the week.
How the curfew affects residents of Raleigh
Residents of North Carolina can expect the curfew to mostly affect night-time travel. Individuals must stay where they plan to spend the night after 10pm, whether this is at home, at a friend’s house, at a family member’s house, or elsewhere. This means that if residents are at a restaurant, event, or other social gathering, they should plan to leave early enough to be home (or wherever they plan to spend the night) by 10pm.
In addition to impacting late night travel, the curfew mandates that restaurants and bars must stop serving alcohol by 9pm.
How the curfew affects Raleigh businesses
Businesses can also expect several changes with the curfew.
- Businesses such as bars and restaurants must stop serving customers after 10pm, and they must stop serving alcohol for on-site consumption between 9pm and 7am.
- Restaurants and bars, along with other public spaces (eg. museums, parks, etc,.) must close by 10pm.
- Events must be over prior to 10pm to give people time to get home prior to the curfew.
There are several exceptions to the curfew for businesses. For example, the curfew doesn’t impact staff who work past 10pm or overnight. Restaurants can still continue offering delivery past 10pm via Doordash, Uber Eats, and other third party delivery services, and employees of these delivery services are exempt from the curfew while they are on shift.
You can read more about how the curfew affects North Carolina residents and businesses here.
How long does the order last?
Order 181 begins on December 11, 2020 and is effective through January 8, 2021.
When should I get tested for Covid-19?
You should get tested for Covid-19 if you experience flu-like symptoms, particularly since flu season is now here despite the pandemic. You should also get tested if you’ve been exposed to anyone who has recently tested positive for Covid-19. If you’ve recently traveled – whether in or out of state – it’s a good idea to get tested to make sure you haven’t brought the virus home with you.
Where can I get a Covid-19 test?
Individuals can get tested at many health departments, pharmacies, community testing centers, and doctors offices. You can find a testing site near you with North Carolina’s free Find My Testing Place website. Individuals can also get tested at home with a medical service such as Drip Hydration.
How does in-home Covid-19 testing work?
In-home tests are a fast, simple, and safe process. One of our nurses arrives at the patient’s residence for the appointment with everything necessary for the test. They will administer the test and either process it onsite or send it to a lab, depending on the type of test chosen. When the test results are ready, the nurse will explain the results and provide guidance if the patient does test positive for Covid-19.
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How can businesses get Covid-19 testing in Raleigh?
Businesses can rely on their employees to self-certify that they do not have Covid-19. Businesses can also get onsite tests for their staff with Drip Hydration.
How does testing for businesses and companies work?
Testing for businesses helps catch active cases of Covid-19 at workplaces early, before the virus has the chance to spread among the staff. Onsite testing can be conducted as a pop-up, one-time event, or can be integrated into part of an ongoing workplace health safety campaign.
Drip Hydration brings testing to businesses of all sizes in Raleigh. Our team of registered nurses sets up a dedicated testing site – usually in an empty office or private area – and tests participating staff throughout the day.
Tests may be processed onsite for same-day results or sent to a lab for results within 3 business days depending on the type of test chosen.
- Rapid antigen test: 15 minutes
- Rapid RT-PCR test: 30 minutes
- Standard RT-PCR test: Within 3 business days
If someone on staff tests positive for Covid-19, Drip Hydration offers support and medical guidance as to the company’s next steps.
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