Mayor's Message of June 26th
Fellow Rolesville Residents,
Governor Cooper has extended the Phase Two executive order until July 17th. The extension of the order became a reality because North Carolina is one of the “hot spots” in the nation for COVID-19 based upon several factors including daily hospitalizations. State health officials want to see either a downward trend or sustained leveling in the number of lab-confirmed cases, hospitalizations, percent of positive tests, and people presenting in emergency departments with COVID-like symptoms. Fortunately for us in Rolesville, the impact still seems to be minimal compared to the rest of the State and Wake County, but we must continue to be diligent. Last week our count was seven (7) cases, but it is increasing now on a regular basis.
For that reason, I want to continue to encourage you to wear face coverings. Governor Cooper’s new executive order now requires the use of face coverings in most public places. For the next three weeks, we should wear a face covering. The use of face coverings has been proven to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Governor Cooper reiterated that point during his press conference on Wednesday: “I urge everyone to be a leader in wearing face coverings,” Cooper said. “I encourage businesses to be strong in enforcing it. Slowing the spread helps our economy, and these face coverings do that.”
A few of our Rolesville businesses such as gyms, martial arts studios, and bars must remain closed and all other businesses must continue to adhere to current restrictions. The sooner State health officials and Governor Cooper determine COVID trends are going downward, the sooner all businesses will be able to open with easing of restrictions.
Finally, our playgrounds must remain closed until July 17. Our parks and greenways are available for use with proper social distancing. It’s been great to see our community outdoors engaging in healthy walking and exercising throughout the community. This has confirmed how important sidewalks, greenways, and bike paths are to all of us, and that we must continue to build and maintain these key amenities to our community.
All information on the new Executive Order can be found at: https://www.nc.gov/covid-19/staying-ahead-curve/phase-2-extension-faqs#what-is-changing-in-safer-at-home-phase-2
Town Hall will be closed on July 3rd for observance of Independence Day. I wish you and your family a safe and healthy 4th of July.
Ronnie I. Currin