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Brunswick County Declares State of Emergency

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The declaration went into effect as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 24.

Brunswick County leaders have issued a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The declaration went into effect as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 24. It means Brunswick County Government offices will remain open for normal business hours, but public access to services is subject to restrictions determined by the county manager -- with consultation of the health director, to limit unnecessary in-person contacts.

It also restricts public access in accordance with Governor Roy Cooper’s executive order -- which restricts mass gatherings of 50 people or more -- and states the county will follow any future amendments from the state concerning mass gatherings.

The declaration does not include restrictions or prohibitions involving evacuations, curfews, alcohol or weapons.

“The COVID-19 virus is spreading rapidly throughout the nation and world, and I implore all Brunswick County residents to take it seriously,” Chairman Frank Williams said. 

“This is not a time to panic, but to finalize preparations and take appropriate precautions. Even if you feel fine, you don’t want to be the one who shares this virus with someone who is more vulnerable. Let’s all exercise the personal responsibility and common sense to do our part to stop the spread of this virus and minimize the chance of community spread in Brunswick County.”

Williams strongly encourages residents to avoid non-essential travel outside the county, and to refrain from inviting out-of-county guests to visit. Those who do travel are asked to self-isolate for fourteen days upon return.

If other measures become appropriate, the proclamation will be amended, county officials say.