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Mecklenburg County issues ‘stay at home’ proclamation as COVID-19 cases climb to 142
“COVID-19 does not recognize boundaries. We must be vigilant,” county officials said.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Mecklenburg County issued a stay at home proclamation Tuesday in an attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
Mecklenburg County is reporting 142 positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as of noon Tuesday.
County officials say the stay at home proclamation will take effect at 8 a.m. Thursday and will run through April 16. The proclamation will allow residents to go to the grocery store, go to restaurants for takeout, and go outside to “be in nature for exercise," among several other things.
Under the proclamation, residents will also be able to pick up medication, visit a healthcare facility, support a friend or family member, help someone get necessary supplies, walk pets, and seek veterinary care.
Just because we’re practicing social distancing, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on storytime. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that help your child grow into a successful reader. That’s why we’ve added online storytimes for children to enjoy! These stories have been handpicked by our Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s children’s librarians. Many of our storytime videos include active reading tips, booklist suggestions, discussion questions and book related activities to enjoy after the video.
To view our online storytimes, click here.
Looking for more? Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers many educational digital resources to encourage learning and play. All are FREE with your Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Card! Need to get a virtual Library card? Click here! Library cards are free for Mecklenburg County residents and $45 for residents outside the County.
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NC Kids Digital Library offers e-books, audiobooks, streaming videos, and Read-Alongs. This collection was specifically designed for youth ages pre-K through 4th grade and includes picture books, youth fiction, youth nonfiction, and more. Read more about NC Kids Digital Library here.
Targeted for K-3, PebbleGo Science is a research tool that covers key topics in life, physical and Earth and space science along with engineering and technology. Leveled text, simple navigation, and read-aloud audio accompany article. For more information on PebbleGo Science, click here.
Scholastic GO! contains more than 115,000 articles covering every core-curriculum subject. The articles and their illustrations are derived from the content of seven Scholastic encyclopedia databases: Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, The New Book of Knowledge, America the Beautiful, Lands and Peoples, Amazing Animals of the World, and The New Book of Popular Science. Click here to learn more.
TumbleBooks Library gives you free access to dozens of children’s books and videos using any web-enabled device. Kids can safely browse the catalog and read story books by their favorite authors. All books are instantly available, with no need to place a hold or check them out. Find more details here.
TeenBookCloud is a robust collection of e-books, graphic novels, enhanced novels, classic literature, National Geographic videos, and audiobooks. This collection is always available! Learn more here.
Just a reminder: With the closure, all programs and Outreach are cancelled, and materials/drop boxes are also closed--but remember all checkouts and returns are extended until we re-open, so no fines will accrue during this time.
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By 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, the following must close:
- Bingo Parlors
- Bowling Alleys
- Ice Skating Rinks
- Indoor Exercise Facilities (e.g. gyms, yoga studios, and martial arts facilities)
- Health Clubs
- Indoor Pools
- Live Performance Venues
- Movie Theaters
- Roller skating Rinks
- Sweepstakes Lounges
- Video game arcades
- Personal care and grooming businesses, including:
- Barber Shops
- Beauty Salons
- Hair Salons
- Manicure/Pedicure Providers
- Massage Therapy
- Nail Salons
- Tattoo Parlors
The governor also imposed a ban on visitors – other than health care personnel and those providing end-of-life care – to long-term care facilities, nursing homes, mental health group homes and other facilities for those with intellectual disabilities, and added that any type of gatherings are to be limited to no more than 50 people.