***all updates below are as of October 12, 2020, 6:00 PM

  • Effective October 2, 2020, North Carolina entered into Phase 3 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions.

    • Large outdoor venues with seating greater than 10,000 may operate with 7% occupancy for spectators. 

    • Smaller outdoor entertainment venues, such as arenas or amphitheaters, may operate outdoors at 30% of outdoor capacity – or 100 guests, whichever is less. 

    • Movie theaters and conference centers may open indoor spaces to 30% of capacity – or 100 guests, whichever is less.

    • Bars may operate outdoors at 30% of outdoor capacity – or 100 guests, whichever is less. 

    • Amusement parks may open at 30% occupancy, outdoor attractions only. 

    • The limits on mass gatherings will remain at 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. 

    • The 11 p.m. curfew on alcohol sales for in-person consumption in locations such as restaurants and outdoor bars will be extended to Oct. 23.

  • On August 5, 2020, Governor Cooper extended Executive Order 141’s Safer At Home Phase 2 measures until at least September 11, 2020.

  • On July 28, 2020, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 153 restricting late-night service of alcoholic beverages. This is effective Friday, July 31, 2020 at 11:00pm.

  • Effective July 16, 2020, Governor Cooper extends Executive Order 141’s Safer At Home Phase 2 measures until at least August 7, 2020.

  • On Wednesday, June 24, Governor Cooper extended Executive Order 141's Safer At Home restrictions and requires people, with some exceptions, to wear face coverings in public when social distancing is not possible. To read details on all Executive Orders, visit

  • Effective 5 p.m., Friday May 22, North Carolina has moved into Safer At Home Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions. The phase runs through at least Friday, June 26 unless changed or canceled. Although the state’s overall key indicators remain stable, the continued increases in daily case counts signals a need to take a more modest step forward in Phase 2 than originally envisioned. Click Here to see more details. 

  • Effective Friday, May 8th at 5:00pm, North Carolina entered Phase 1 of easing certain COVID-19 restrictions to help revive the economy while protecting public health. This Order remains in place through 5 PM on May 22, 2020.The Stay at Home order remains in effect.
  • Effective April 23, 2020 Governor Cooper issued an executive order extending North Carolina’s Stay At Home (Executive Order 121) until May 8th, as well as other orders regarding the closures of restaurants for dine-in service, bars and other close-contact businesses.

New Executive Order (effective 4/13/2020 at 5:00 pm):

  • Retailers:
    • New social distancing guidelines
      • No more than 20% of the stated fire capacity (5 people per 1,000 sq. ft.)
      • Must mark 6 feet of distance at gathering places like checkout line
    • Frequent environmental cleaning & disinfection
    • Make hand sanitizer accessible
    • Set shopping times for seniors & at-risk people
    • Use shields at checkout
    • Mark aisles as one-way to limit traffic
    • If not followed - Citation – Class 2 misdemeanor
  • Mandatory protective measures for Nursing Homes
    • No dining/group activities in common spaces
    • Face masks for employees
    • Screen employees & residents for symptoms of sickness
  • Effective 3/30/2020 at 5:00pm until April 29, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper is directing people to stay at home except to visit essential businesses, to exercise outdoors or to help a family member. Specifically, the order bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs everyone to physically stay at least six feet apart from others.
  • Effective 3/25/2020 at 5:00pm, mass gatherings are prohibited to no more than 50 people. Also, the following must close:

    • Bingo Parlors

    • Bowling Alleys

    • Ice Skating Rinks

    • Indoor Exercise Facilities (e.g. gyms, yoga studios, and martial arts facilities)

    • Health Clubs

    • Indoor Pools

    • Live Performance Venues

    • Movie Theaters

    • Roller skating Rinks

    • Spas

    • Sweepstakes Lounges

    • Video game arcades

    • Personal care and grooming businesses, including:

      • Barber Shops

      • Beauty Salons

      • Hair Salons

      • Manicure/Pedicure Providers

      • Massage Therapy

      • Nail Salons

      • Tattoo Parlors

  • The governor also imposed a ban on visitors – other than health care personnel and those providing end-of-life care – to long-term care facilities, nursing homes, mental health group homes and other facilities for those with intellectual disabilities.

  • Effective at 5:00pm on 3/17/2020, restaurants and bars will close for dine-in customers. Takeout and delivery orders can continue.


  • Gov. Roy Cooper has announced that North Carolina public schools will open in the fall for both in-person and remote learning with key safety precautions to protect the health of students, teachers, staff and families. This is a modified Plan B the state previously asked schools to prepare. It is a measured approach that will allow children to attend school in person but provides important safety protocols such as fewer children in classroom, social distancing, face coverings, cleaning and more. As a part of this plan, local school districts can provide a remote learning option for any child who chooses it. In addition, school districts will have the option of Plan C – all remote learning – if that’s best for them.
  • Effective Oct. 5, 2020, North Carolina public school districts and charter schools can choose to implement Plan A for elementary schools (grades K-5), which includes important safety measures, such as face coverings, social distancing, symptom screening and cleaning but does not require schools to reduce the number of children in the classroom.
  • Edgecombe County Public Schools:
    • All students and parents attend an in-person orientation during Week 1 (Week of August 17 – schedule made by each school, no transportation provided)
    • Weeks 2-6 are virtual for the majority of students
      • PK-5 will have synchronous sessions daily (recorded)
      • 6-12 have no more than 4 hours of instruction per day, 4 days per week (mix sync + async)
    • We will re-evaluate this plan after 4 weeks.
    • For more information, visit
  • Nash County Public Schools: will be reopening under Plan C (Remote Learning) and will transition to a blended model (Plan B) as soon as practical. For more information, please visit

  • North East Carolina Prep School: will begin the 2020-2021 school year on Plan C, which is 100 percent remote instruction. This decision will be evaluated every two weeks to determine whether or not this is the safest option for our students and staff. For more information, please visit

  • Edgecombe Community College: For more details, please visit

  • Nash Community College: 

    • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of NCC’s classes are being delivered online for fall semester. A selection of programs and courses will resume on-campus classes with safety practices in place and are currently accepting students.

    • Student services are available online and on-campus with safety practices in place.


American Red Cross

  • Temporarily closed the office to the pubic in Rocky Mount, NC. However, their team is continuing to deliver services during these complex times. They are continuing to serve people who have experienced a home fire or other natural disasters. If you are in need of assistance please visit or call (252) 414-5457.


  • Tutoring at NC Wesleyan will resume on 10/12/2020.
  • Tutoring at the Tarboro Library is cancelled until further notice.
  • Office hours:
    • Monday 8am-5pm
    • Tuesday 8am-5pm
    • Thursday 8am-10am

Braswell Memorial Library

  • Hours of operation:
    • Monday-Thursday 9am-7om
    • Friday-Saturday 9am-5pm
  • Passport services are Monday-Tuesday 10am-2pm.
  • Patrons are required to wear a mask inside the library.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at all service desks.
  • Computer keyboards and mice are cleaned for each use.
  • Public meeting rooms remain closed.

Christian Fellowship Home: 

  • Food distribution to the public has been suspended until further notice.
  • The Christian Fellowship home (including the Veterans Home) have started accepting new residents again.

City of Rocky Mount (as of 3/31/2020)

  • The city of Rocky Mount is committed to providing excellent municipal services during the coronavirus pandemic. City departments have developed a Continuance of Operations Plan in response to Governor Roy Cooper's March 27, 2020 Executive Order No. 121 that will maximize its resources and personnel to ensure customer expectations are met.
  • "We offer essential services to our residents, and we are prepared to deliver those going forward," said City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney. "Our Executive Leadership team has developed a Continuance of Operations Plan in case there are any additional orders from our state or federal government. We are confident in our ability to carry out these plans if necessary."
  • Water Resources will continue to provide uninterrupted service in all categories
    • Energy Resources will provide all existing services except new energy audits and installation of new load management devices. Repairs will continue on any faulty load management devices currently on customer appliances
    • All city buildings will be closed to the public except the Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building -- only for the purpose of holding meetings of the City Council.
    • Tar River Transit will continue normal service except for rural routes, which will be by appointment; all fares are free
    • The Rocky Mount Event Center, Booker T. Washington Community Center, South Rocky Mount Community Center, Rocky Mount Senior Center, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, RM Wilson Gym are closed
    • Public Works will operate as normal regarding trash and recycling; yard waste and bulk item collection has been suspended
    • The Rocky Mount Police Department will continue fingerprinting for city residents only. Patrol, Investigations and Special Task Force will operate as normal; Animal control by appointment only. The department will continue to abide by CDC guidelines regarding social distancing
    • The Rocky Mount Fire Department will continue normal operations but will reduce its administrative office support staff
    • For more information, please visit
  • City of Rocky Mount Parks & Recreation
    • Programs and classes at Parks and Recreation facilities including the Rocky Mount Senior Center, the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, South Rocky Mount Community Center and the Booker T. Washington Community Center are cancelled. Youth and adult leagues are postponed until further notice.

Communities in Schools:

  • Office is open Monday-Friday from 8 am until 5 pm.
  • Masks are required to enter the building. 
  • Some site staff are reporting to schools while others are working remotely until October 19, 2020.


Down East Partnership for Children: 

  • Building is closed to the public
  • Front Desk assistance is available. Please call 985-4300 for assistance or other needs
  • Virtual Playgroups, Incredible Years and Circle of Parents are now available. Please email sperson@depc.or to participate!
  • For Childcare assistance and referrals, please call 252-985-4300. Ext. 220

Dunbar Community Development Club

  • Closed effective 03-18-20.
  • Congregate meals will be provided by "curbside”'. This is a temporary measure as we continue to plan. For questions contact  J Bridges at 252 446-6098 or 252 903-1532.


Edgecombe County

  • Beginning June 1, 2010, both the Collections Office and the DMV-License Plate Agency in the County Administration Building will reopen to the public with certain protective measures in place. For the safety of our staff and customers we ask that you adhere to the following:
    • Do not enter our offices if you have a fever or any other COVID-19 symptom;
    • Remain behind physical barriers that are in place at our counters;
    • While waiting in line for service, follow signs and distance yourself at least 6 feet from the next person;
    • If you have a mask, please wear one;
    • Refrain from entering any other areas except for the Collections Office and the DMV-LPA; and
    • Use remote methods to conduct business if at all possible (by mail, online or outdoor drop-box).
  • All other offices will remain closed to in-person business. You may contact the office you need assistance. Refer to the list of contact information at


Girl Scouts:

o The safety and welfare of our girls is top priority for Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. We are hearing from our community, and many families and volunteers are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in our state. Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines is closely monitoring the COVID-19 updates from the Centers for Disease Control, North Carolina Health Department, and the local public health departments. 

o In order to support our volunteers as they plan for future in-person Girl Scout activities, GS-NCCP has developed a meter to monitor the pandemic status throughout our council operating areas. Volunteers should first look to GS-NCCP’s meter on this page, which will be reviewed and updated as warranted. Using GS-NCCP’s meter as first level guidance, city/county/national guidance may also be incorporated at the Yellow and Green stages. Precedence should always be given to the most conservative guidance provided by the city, county, state, nation, or GS-NCCP. For example, if local guidance is more strict, then you should follow those parameters or if GS-NCCP guidance is more conservative, you should follow it for in-person Girl Scout activities and so on. To check our current status level, please visit and look under “Meter Guidelines”.

o Girl Scouting at Home:

Harrison Family YMCA: 

  • We are Re-Open and Ready for You! Our Indoor Fitness Center is now open at a 30% capacity and following all local, state, and national guidelines. Your family’s health and well-being have always been our top priority, and that remains especially true as we welcome you back to the Y. As we open all amenities slowly and in stages for safety purposes, please stay updated with changes as they happen via this page:
  • We are also operating Out of School Care Programming. Find details here, as they are also evolving to match Nash county school plans:
  • Thanks to donors, we are distributing food to families in need, caring for many children, providing outreach to seniors, sharing community resources and more. Learn about our COVID-19 responses and resources here:

Meals on Wheels of Rocky Mount:

  • MOW is continuing services using contactless delivery. For more information, call 252-446-4336.

My Sister's House: 

  • Effective 3/25/2020 My Sister's House will see clients by appointment only until further notice. If you need assistance please call your county office or the crisis line. We are *not* accepting any donations except food and toiletries at this time.
  • 24 hour crisis line: 252-459-3094

Nash County Department of Social Services

  • We have made some temporary changes to our lobby to provide the recommended 6-feet distance between our customers and staff.
  • If you simply need to drop off paperwork, you can do that using the drop box located outside of our agency’s Food and Nutrition/Medicaid entrance. 
  • But if you need to: Check status of your case? Request a new Medicaid or EBT card? Ask questions about your benefits or about a notice you’ve received? Report a change in your household situation? Please call 252-459-9818 for assistance and follow the prompts: Food and Nutrition Services – Press 1 Adult Medicaid and all SSI Recipients – Press 2 Family and Children’s Medicaid – Press 2 
  • For other programs, please contact your worker before entering the agency.  Many programs are allowing for telephone interviews during this time to follow social distancing recommendations. 
  • For your convenience please note that the following websites can be utilized to submit online Food and Nutrition and Medicaid applications: 
  • Customers my fax completed applications or other information regarding Food and Nutrition Services and Medicaid to 252-459-1373.

Nash County Detention Center

  • The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice will resume limited visitation at all state’s prisons effective Oct. 1, 2020 with significant restrictions due to the pandemic. Visitation was suspended in all state prisons on March 16, 2020, with the exception of legal and pastoral visits, to help prevent the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Salvation Army: 

  • Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update and Safety, The Salvation Army will be closed to the general public.  Clients can call for appointments by phone only. There will be no walk-ins until further notice.
  • Appointments will be made by phone, and at the time of appointment, we will call and perform the intake over the phone with verbal client consent to complete applications. This is only due to the heightened national emergency status and not a regular procedure in the future. 
  • Food is distributed on Mondays by appointment only. Appointments are made by phone only. We also have the monthly Community Food Pantry which is held every 2nd Monday unless otherwise notified to the general public via Facebook. This starts around 1pm (or whenever the truck arrives).
  • Clothing vouchers will resume November 2, 2020 by appointment only. Appointments are made via phone only.


  • Currently working a combination of remote/office. Limited face to face meetings.

  • Office: T-Th 8:30am-4:00pm. Office closed to the public without appointment.

  • The STEM Design Challenge for this school year is being planned for Spring 2021.

Tarboro Community Outreach:

  • Continuing food distribution at 12:00pm Monday – Saturday

  • Distribution of truck deliveries when available. Notice is placed on the front door. Distribution begins when truck is unloaded.

Tar River Transit

  • To reduce risk, we are:

    • Implementing a disinfectant regimen for vehicles and facilities

    • Supplies & PPE are available for staff as needed.

    • Hygiene measures and best practices are posted at the Tar River Transit Transfer Center as well as on all vehicles.

  • There have been no impacts to Transit service as of this point. All Transit operations continue to operate on a normal schedule.

  • Starting on March 30, Tar River Transit will make modifications to transit service in its on-going effort to prevent the spread of communicable diseases:

    • In order to minimize interaction between vehicle operators and the public, all transit service will be "Fare Free". The public will not be required to pay for transit services.

    • No passes will be available for purchase. This includes 10, 20, and 40 ride passes, DARTS tickets, Rural General Public (RGP) tickets, RGP Shuttle cash fares and Night Shuttle fares.

    • Current users of Tar River Transit's DARTS, RGP and Night Shuttle will still be required to make appointments but the fares for each of these programs will be waived.

    • Passengers who have already purchased tickets are not required to utilize them at this time. These tickets can be used once Tar River Transit's current fare structure has returned to normal. There will be "No Refunds" issued to passengers for transit tickets that have been purchased prior to this modification.

    • The adjustment to fares will occur until further notice.

The REACH Center

  • The Mobile Food Market is the first Thursday of each month 11am-1pm. No appointment needed.

Tri-County Industries

  • TCI is currently open and operating under all CDC guidelines.  For those unable to attend due to health concerns or unable to follow guidelines, staff is making phone calls and visits to stay in touch with clients

United Way Tar River Region: 

  • United Way will take precautionary measures and our office will be closed to the public. Meetings within our office will be postponed at this time, as well, our lobby will be closed. We will be happy to communicate with you through our intercom system. Thank you for your understanding-we hope you remain safe! FOR COMMUNITY RESOURCES:
  • CALL 2-1-1 OR VISIT: WWW.NC211.ORG


  • CALL OUR OFFICE AT (252) 937-2213


  • No changes. Operating on the same schedule with the same services as provided prior to COVID-19.

Williford Family Resource Center:

  • Open by appointment only 9am-2pm M, Tu, Th, & F through October 16th. Starting October 19th, the days will be Monday-Thursday.

  • They have food and books available to the Williford community (call first)

The Wright's Center:

  • temporarily closed due the COVID-19 pandemic.  For further information please contact the Executive Director Doris Howington, (252) 343-3790.