Statement From Town of Mocksville Mayor, Will Marklin

I’d like to thank you for your efforts at social distancing and staying at home.  I know that it hasn’t been easy, but it has been heartening to see the way you have banded together to support each other during this challenging time. 

Over the last several weeks, the Town of Mocksville has adopted the State of North Carolina’s guidelines for slowing the spread of COVID-19. As I’m sure you already know, Governor Cooper has extended the stay at home order through May 8th with a three-phase plan to reopen the state once North Carolina experiences a leveling or decrease in the number of cases of Covid-19 over a 14-day period. 

Phase 1– Governor Cooper hopes to begin this phase next week

  • The stay at home order remains in place
  • Some non-essential businesses will be allowed to open including clothing stores, sporting goods stores, houseware stores. Those retailers and services will need to implement social distancing, cleaning, and other protocols
  • Gatherings limited to no more than 10 people 
  • Parks can open subject to gathering limits 
  • Face coverings recommended in public
  •  Restrictions remain in place for nursing homes and other congregate living settings
  •  Encourage continued teleworking

Phase 2 — Would happen  2 to 3 weeks after Phase 1

  • The stay at home order would be lifted but vulnerable populations would be encouraged to continue to stay home and stay safe
  • Allow limited opening of restaurants, bars and other businesses that can follow strict safety protocols (reduced capacity)
  • Gathering limits increased
  • Gatherings at places of worship and entertainment venues allowed at reduced capacities
  • Public playgrounds could reopen
  • Continue rigorous restrictions on nursing homes and congregate living settings

Phase 3 — Would happen at least 4-6 weeks after Phase 2 

  • Lessen restrictions for vulnerable populations with encouragement to continue practicing physical distancing
  • Allow increased capacity at restaurants, bars, other businesses, houses of worship and entertainment venues 
  • Further increase the number of people allowed at gatherings
  • Continue rigorous restrictions on nursing homes and congregate care settings

Hopefully, conditions will allow this timeline to be shortened.

In the meantime, we must continue to be patient as our state and local leaders work to balance the health and welfare of our citizens with the needs of our economy.

Ultimately, I am confident that better days are ahead.  

Stay safe, stay well, stay informed.

We will persevere!

Will Marklin

Mayor, Town of Mocksville