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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Mayor Joines Declares State of Emergency

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Office of the Mayor
March 13, 2020

Mayor Allen Joines has declared a state of emergency in Winston-Salem as of 7 p.m. Friday, March 13, to better equip the city to fight the spread of COVID-19. 

The declaration notes that the Centers for Disease Control has advised that the virus is likely to continue to spread from person to person and that "existing conditions have caused, or will continue to cause, isolated or potentially widespread illness within the population of the city of Winston-Salem."

With the declaration, state law authorizes the city to "enact a variety of different restrictions and/or prohibitions, as this evolving situation warrants."

The declaration makes the city eligible for emergency funds that may become available from federal or state agencies to cope with the disease and its impact in Winston-Salem.

The declaration formally requests that "all residents, visitors, businesses and establishments within the city of Winston-Salem follow any and all directives and recommendations set forth by the North Carolina Governor’s Office, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the Forsyth County Department of Public Health."

The declaration will remain in effect until rescinded or modified.  


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