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Public Health Makes New COVID-19 Community Safety Recommendations 


Last week (Friday, May 14) the Governor issued an Executive Order lifting restrictions on social distancing, most capacity limits and masking indoors (except in specific settings). The CDC also recently released COVID-19 guidance for fully vaccinated individuals. Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH) has several COVID-19 recommendations specific to COVID-19 safety in the Mecklenburg community. 

Based on our fully vaccinated rate of 36%, continuing levels of virus in the community and consistency with CDC guidance, MCPH recommends the following:

  1. Everyone 12 years and older should get vaccinated.
  2. Unvaccinated individuals should remain masked in public, especially when indoors, continue to social distance and avoid large crowds.
  3. Everyone needs to mask in high-risk situations, like crowded spaces, childcare and schools, camps, long term care facilities, health care settings, detention facilities, shelters.


"All guidance from State and Federal governments have recognized that there are differences in jurisdictions based on the amount of virus circulating in the community as well as the percentage of the population fully vaccinated," said Gibbie Harris, Mecklenburg County Public Health Director. "There are also some individuals in our community who are not eligible for vaccination or who are more at risk of infection that need to be protected." 

As the Executive Order states, every entity in the County will make its own determination on restrictions, including County, City and Town facilities, restaurants, businesses, etc. Please consider your own risk and your risk to those around you as you move about the community. 

More information about COVID-19, the COVID-19 vaccine and COVID-19 vaccination events in the County is available at or by calling the Public Health COVID-19 hotline at 980-314-9400.  


close alertCounty services are operating at a limited capacity. Questions about COVID-19? Call Public Health Hotline: 980-314-9400