Stay-At-Home Order

North Carolina Stay-At-Home Order

On March 27, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued a stay-at-home order for the state in an effort to fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This order will be enforced beginning at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 30, and is effective for at least 30 days. 

The order is similar in nature to the stay-at-home order issued by Mecklenburg County on Tuesday, March 24, except it is in effect for all of North Carolina. 

Because the University is adhering to the order by Mecklenburg County, no additional changes to operations are necessary beyond those shared below. However, it will extend our actions from 21 days under the county order to 30 days under the state order.


Mecklenburg County Stay-At-Home Order

On Tuesday, March 24, Mecklenburg County issued a stay-at-home order in an effort to combat the ongoing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This order includes UNC Charlotte and is in effect as of 8 a.m. Thursday, March 26

Because of previous measures taken by the University, including teleworking and online and remote delivery classes, we believe we are positioned to respond quickly to this order, but additional changes may be needed. The University will review the order in detail and provide more information to the community as soon as possible.

You can read more in the March 25 NinerNotice and in our stay-at-home FAQs

Find out more on the mecknc.gov website and in their related FAQs.


What does "stay-at-home" mean?

A stay-at-home order is an order by a government entity to enforce social distancing and prevent the spread of infectious disease. It is not the same as a “seek shelter” order that is often issued in severe weather. You do not need to relocate to a basement or other shelter location. In a stay-at-home order, the act of going outside isn’t inherently dangerous, but you may be putting yourself and others in danger by being too close to other people and spreading contagions. 

What is the difference between stay-at-home and social distancing?

Stay at home is a more stringent form of social distancing.

  • Staying at home means: Stay home and only go out for “essential activities,” to work for an “essential business,” or for “essential travel” as those terms are defined in the order.
  • Social distancing means: Stay six feet or more away from others and do not attend or participate in public or private gatherings.

How long will it last?

This order went into effect on Thursday, March 26, at 8 a.m. and will remain in effect for the next 21 days (April 16). This will be regularly reviewed and evaluated and can be amended, revised or extended by county officials.

Who does it apply to?

This order applies to all Mecklenburg County residents, including residents in Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson, Pineville, Matthews and Mint Hill. CMPD will be enforcing this order.

Can I still go outside and/or leave home?

Yes, but with certain restrictions. Review the FAQs for more information on what is and is not allowed during this order.

Other Information

  • Maintain social distancing, but stay in touch with friends and loved ones through phone calls, texts and/or video calls.
  • Try to minimize any authorized travel.
  • Don't over-buy at the grocery store. All county residents are in the same situation.
  • Be kind to one another.