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Tougher Restrictions Now In Effect

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Vince Winkel
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Under the new restrictions, all non-essential businesses must close.

The Wilmington City Council unanimously expressed support for New Hanover County’s additional restrictions designed to control the spread of the coronavirus. They went into effect Monday.   The state-wide stay at home order closing all non-essential businesses also is now in effect.  

The mandatory closures in New Hanover County include all non-essential retail, including indoor or outdoor shopping malls, and retail facilities that that do not provide goods that are essential for health, sustenance, or shelter.

That means places like car and boat dealerships will be closed with the exception of parts and repairs.

It also includes most hotels, motels, and short-term lodging except as allowed by a governmental request to assist with the emergency.

It also includes the closing of playgrounds, public gardens and all public amusement places

It bans gatherings of more than 10 people and requires people to stay six feet apart.

Meanwhile delivery, drive-through and curb-side food service is still allowed

The state-wide order is in effect until April 29. That date could be pushed back even further. Vince Winkel, WHQR News.

For additional information about this local order, view a county FAQ here. This New Hanover County order will remain in effect until 5 p.m. on April 13, unless otherwise re-evaluated or extended.