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Updated: February 25, 2021 at 3 p.m.


Executive Order No. 195 will take effect February 26, 2021 and lifts the Modified Stay at Home Order requiring people to stay at home and businesses to close to the public between 10 pm and 5 am. The number of people who may gather indoors will increase from 10 to 25, while 50 remains the limit for outdoors. The curfew on the sale of alcohol for onsite consumption will be moved from 9 pm to 11 pm. Some businesses, including bars and amusement parks, will now be open for patrons indoors as they adhere to new occupancy restrictions. Many businesses, venues and arenas will have increased occupancy both indoors and outdoors. The mask mandate stays in effect. 

Executive Order No. 195 has two general categories of occupancy restrictions: 30% capacity and 50% capacity. Because indoor spaces have a higher risk of spread for COVID-19, indoor facilities in the 30%-occupancy category may not exceed two hundred fifty (250) people per indoor room or indoor space.

30% Capacity Limit (may not exceed 250-persons in indoor spaces): Bars, Meeting, Reception, and Conference Spaces Lounges (including tobacco) and Night Clubs Indoor areas of Amusement Parks Movie Theatres Entertainment facilities (e.g., bingo parlors, gaming establishments) Sports Arenas and Fields, Venues, Indoor event venues with more than 5,000 seats may be excepted from the 250 person limit if they follow additional safety measures up to 15% capacity.

50% Capacity Limit: Restaurants, Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries, Fitness and Physical Activity Facilities (e.g., gyms, bowling alleys, rock climbing facilities) Pools Museums and Aquariums Retailers Outdoor areas of Amusement Parks Salons, Personal Care, Tattoo Parlors

The Chamber of Commerce, EDC and Tourism have pulled best practices for critical business resources 1) Businesses Re-Entry and Workplace Considerations,  2) Best Practices for Retail, 3) Best Practices for Food and Beverage Businesses and 4) A FDA Best Practices Summary Chart.  These can be found and shared directly at
Rowan Operating Best Practices.

For health related questions please visit Rowan County Health Department's COVID-19 updates page, to contact local officials, please send questions to




Unemployment Information

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), approved the State of North Carolina's participation in the Lost Wages Assistance Program, a program to provide supplemental payments to people unemployed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic which is scheduled to provide an additional $300 in benefits. 

Governor Cooper also signed an Executive Order allowing furloughed workers whose employer provided a severance or a furlough payment the ability receive unemployment assistance.

After you file your claim, your last employer has 10 days to respond to DES. Your claim may be 'pending,' and no payments will be released during the 10 days. Over 1,000,000 citizens have applied for unemployment. Time from application submission to receipt of funds for the displaced worker is 3 to 4 weeks.


An extensive number of economic programs were released through the CARES Act, understanding which is best for an organization, business, non-profit and local government can be complex. For COVID-19 relief resources frequently asked questions, please click here.


  • The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services shared a new COVID-19 County Alert System to pinpoint counties with the highest levels of viral spread and offer specific recommendations to bring numbers down. This system is meant to give local leaders another tool to understand how their county is faring and to make decisions about actions to slow viral spread. Because no one metric provides a complete picture, the COVID-19 County Alert System uses a combination of three metrics: case rate, the percent of tests that are positive, and hospital impact within the county.

    • Rowan County is currently rated Red 

    • Steps that ALL businesses and community organizations can take

    • Businesses and Community Organizations in red and orange counties: Businesses and community organizations in red and orange counties should take actions listed for yellow AND the following actions to slow the spread of COVID-19

      • All businesses are strongly encouraged to implement teleworking if feasible, and cancel any non-essential work travel
      • Promote Rowan County Testing Site locations and Find My Testing Place website to employees
      • Require all employees to participate in a Count on Me NC training
      • Manufacturing, construction, food processing, and farms – request a consultation with NCDHHS on reducing workplace transmission (919-707-5900)
    • Institutes of Hiring Education/Learning
      • Adopt strict restrictions on student gatherings and events on-campus and off-campus
      • Close indoor dining and move to “grab and go”
      • Consider moving to single occupancy dorms or other single occupancy living arrangements
    • Community and religious organizations should avoid any in-person indoor meetings, events, worship services, or other gatherings above the indoor mass gathering limit
    • Strongly encourage all employees to download and use the SlowCOVIDNC app
    • Follow general guidance for businesses and organizations as well as share industry-specific guidance
    • Take actions from the business toolkit
    • Community and religious organizations are strongly encouraged to:
      • Hold meetings, events, and/or services online/virtually, or
      • Limit occupancy at indoor meetings, events, or services to ensure social distancing and require face masks

General Information: 


Rowan County is in Plan B for the reopening Rowan-Salisbury Schools as of 8/17/2020. The Board of Education voted to allow the following groups to return to in-person learning 4 days per week (Plan A) beginning March 29, 2021: all K-5th grade students; certain specialized programs for Exceptional Children (EC) and English Learner (EL) students in 6th-12th grades including; Students in Specialized Behavioral Supports (SBS), Promoting Academics through Communication and Social Skills (PACSS), and Cross-Categorical Adapted Curriculum (CCAC) programs, Students following the Occupational Course of Study (OCS) curriculum, Students whose primary disabilities are Visually Impaired or Deaf/Hard of Hearing, and EL Newcomers (EL students enrolled in a USA school for the first time on or after August, 2019).

Y Academy: In conjunction with local community partners, the Rowan-Cabarrus YMCA wants to ensure that your child, and all children in our neighborhoods, have access to the resources they need to continue their educational growth in a safe, supervised environment. The Y Academy will be held at our YMCA facilities. Participants will be given assistance with connecting with their school online, as well as in-person help with their schoolwork. The program will run all day, Monday-Friday. Packages are available based on how many days per week care is needed. 

Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy: Triple Threat Virtual Academy is a safe place for students to receive academic assistance with their virtual learning and will have additional academic opportunities offline.  The academy provides a comfortable learning environment that is socially distanced throughout the day, and follows CDC safety and cleaning guidelines for the safety of our students. Their coordinators will monitor zoom school lessons as well as implement primary grade lessons expected from virtual teachers, assist with completing school assignments, and coordinators will serve as a liaison between our students' teachers and parents. Their coordinators also will spend time during the day to tutor children who need additional assistance. For more information, please watch this video or contact them at

Free Meals:

  • A USDA waiver is in place until 6/30/2021 for all Rowan-Salisbury School students to receive free meals. 

  • Food For Thought (Rowan Helping Ministries) will be doing the “backpack program” for families that apply.


For Parents Seeking Child Care: