Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Town of Burgaw officials are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and is taking the situation very seriously, as our community and staff are top priority. We are following the latest updates from the CDC, NC Governor’s Office, NC Department of Health and Human Services, and NC Emergency Management, as well as, our local Health and Emergency Management Officials.

On this page, you will see the latest information pertaining to our community, as well as, links to information from our state and federal partners.

NC Governor’s Executive Order 147 - Extension of Phase 2 Order and New Measures to Save Lives in the COVID-19 Pandemic

On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, Governor Cooper announced Executive Order 147. This Executive Order is effective at 5:00 PM on Friday, June 26, 2020 and shall remain in effect through 5:00 PM on July 17, 2020 unless repealed, replaced, or rescinded by another applicable Executive Order.

The main impact of this Executive Order, other than extending the current regulations under Phase 2, is the requirement of face coverings. 

Per the Executive Order, a “Face Covering” is defined as, “a covering of the nose and mouth that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is simply wrapped around the lower face. A Face Covering can be made of a variety of synthetic and natural fabrics, including cotton, silk, or linen. Ideally, a Face Covering has two (2) or more layers. A Face Covering may be factory-made, sewn by hand, or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, bandanas, t-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels. These Face Coverings are not intended for use by healthcare providers in the care of patients.”

The Executive Order also defines that “Surgical Mask”, “means American Society for Testing and Materials ("ASTM") Level 1, 2, or 3 approved procedural and surgical masks. An N95 respirator approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health ("NIOSH") ( or a respirator from another country allowed by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, the Food & Drug Administration, or the CDC) is not recommended for general public use or use in public settings, as it should be reserved for healthcare providers and other medical first responders in a health care setting. However, if worn, these respirators would meet both the Face Covering and Surgical Mask requirements of this Executive Order. A face shield that covers the nose and mouth also meets the Face Covering requirements of this Executive Order.”

Required Locations – Per the Executive Order, people are required to wear Face Coverings in the following settings, whether they are inside or outside, unless an exception applies.   

  1. In Retail Businesses;
  2. In Restaurants;
  3. In Personal Care, Grooming, and Tattoo Businesses;
  4. In Child Care Facilities, Day Camps, and Overnight Camps;
  5. In State Government;
  6. In Transportation;
  7. In Certain High-Density Occupational Settings Where Social Distancing is Difficult;
  8. In Meat or Poultry Processing Plants;
  9. Long-Term Care Facilities; and
  10. Other Health Care Settings

More information about requirements within each of the above locations are contained within the Executive Order (posted below). 

Exceptions - This Executive Order does not require Face Coverings for-and a Face Covering does not need to be worn by-a worker, customer, or patron who:

  1. Should not wear a Face Covering due to any medical or behavioral condition or disability (including, but not limited to, any person who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious or incapacitated, or is otherwise unable to put on or remove the face covering without assistance);
  2. Is under eleven (11) years of age;
  3. Is actively eating or drinking;
  4. Is strenuously exercising;
  5. Is seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired in a way that requires the mouth to be visible;
  6. Is giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience;
  7. Is working at home or is in a personal vehicle;
  8. Is temporarily removing his or her Face Covering to secure government or medical services or for identification purposes;
  9. Would be at risk from wearing a Face Covering at work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulations or workplace safety guidelines;
  10. Has found that his or her Face Covering is impeding visibility to operate equipment or a vehicle; or
  11. Is a child whose parent, guardian, or responsible person has been unable to place the Face Covering safely on the child’s face.

“Anyone who declines to wear a Face Covering for these reasons should not be required to produce documentation or any other proof of a condition. Children under two (2) years of age should not wear a Face Covering.”

This Executive Order limits the enforcement of the face covering requirements. Specifically, “Law Enforcement Personnel are not authorized to criminally enforce the Face Covering requirements against individual workers, customers, or patrons.”

We are strongly encouraging town residents and visitors to following the requirements of the Governor’s Executive Order.

Executive Order 147 

Executive Order 147 - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

NCDHHS Interim Guidance on Face Coverings

NC Governor’s Executive Order 141 - Phase 2

At 5:00 PM on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced Executive Order 141. This order is classified as "Phase 2" of the reopening of North Carolina. Executive Order 141 will go into effect at 5:00 PM on Friday, May 22, 2020.

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Executive Order 141 - Phase 2

Executive Order 141 - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

NC Governor’s Executive Order 138 - Phase 1

At 5:00 PM on May 5, 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced Executive Order 138. This order is classified as "Phase 1" of the reopening of North Carolina. Executive Order 138 will go into effect at 5:00 PM on Friday, May 8, 2020. 

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Executive Order 138 - Phase 1

Executive Order 138 - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

NC Governor’s Executive Order 121 - Stay at Home Order

At 4:00 PM on March 27, 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced Executive Order 121 requiring residents of North Carolina to "Stay at Home". This Executive Order will go into effect at 5:00 PM on Monday, March 30, 2020. 

Specifically, the order states, "All individuals currently in the State of North Carolina are ordered to stay at home, their place of residence, or current place of abode,(hereinafter "residence") except as allowed in this Executive Order. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces when outside their residence, they must at all times and as much as reasonably possible, maintain social distancing of at least six (6) feet from any other person, with the exception of family or household members, consistent with the Social Distancing Requirements set forth in this Executive Order. All persons may leave their homes or place of residence only for Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Operations, or to participate in or access COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations..." all as defined in the Executive Order below.

Executive Order 121 - Stay at Home Order

Executive Order 121 - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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