RAL Guides    City, News

Coronavirus: The latest local updates, cancellations, resources + more

6,324

Major Local Announcements

Governor Roy Cooper announced on September 22 that outdoor venues, including stadiums, would be able to open to 7% capacity starting next week. Phase 2.5 of NC’s reopening plan is set to expire next Friday, October 2 + read more about the coming changes here. (ABC 11)

Governor Roy Cooper has eased restrictions on gyms, playgrounds, bowling alleys, and museums — effectively moving us into Phase 2.5 of the NC Reopening PlanBars, nightclubs, movie theaters, and indoor music venues will remain closed + the mask mandate has been extended to include children as young as five years old. (ABC 11) 

○ The City Council announced that all city-sponsored events will be cancelled through the end of this year due to concerns related to the spread of coronavirus. This includes the annual New Year’s Eve celebration, First Night Raleigh, and other seasonal events. (WRAL)

Governor Roy Cooper extended the 11 p.m. curfew on alcohol sales — which was set to expire August 31. The new order prohibits alcohol sales past 11 p.m. at bars and restaurants through October 2. (CBS 17)

○ NC Schools will reopen for the 2020 fall term under the Plan B option, which calls for moderate levels of social distancing, reduces building density to 50% + combines in-person and online instruction. School districts have the option to implement total remote options for students. Read more details here.

○ As of 4 p.m. on June 19, the City of Raleigh is now requiring face coverings to be worn in public. Click here to see exceptions + find out what determines an acceptable mask.

Numbers from NCDHHS

○ 17,158 cases of COVID-19 in Wake County as of September 24 at 2:55 p.m.
○ 7,636 cases in Durham County
○ 198,189+ cases in North Carolina; 3,379 deaths

Schedule Changes

College and professional sporting events (CBS Sports)
North Carolina schools K-12, colleges + universities (NCDHHS)
○ Local events — updates on cancelled events from Triangle on the Cheap
Wake County School District alerts
City of Raleigh daily alerts
Modified bus routes and service alerts

Community Resources

Latest updates for NC (The News & Observer)
Running list of closings (WRAL)
Podcast — NC coronavirus news (WRAL)
Ways to help those in need across the Triangle (News & Observer)
50 activities for cooped-up kids that don’t involve a screen (Triangle on the Cheap)
Help with utilities payments
Food resource map to help families identify locations nearest them
Meals on Wheels for local seniors
○ Resources for homelessness + housing crisis
Pet food for families with financial trouble
NC Artist Relief Fund
Small business rapid recovery loans
List of Durham delivery + take-out options
List of Raleigh delivery + take-out options
List of educational websites, apps + free subscriptions 
How to help local women-owned businesses
Free assessment, screening + counseling to discuss symptoms and help determine if testing for COVID-19 is recommended.
Mission Triangle has compiled a list of current (and verified) nonprofits in our area that need support during this time — and at all times.

Health Care Resources

Clinics and community health centers in Wake County *Please contact the location before going if you think you have contracted COVID-19.
CDC Resources
World Health Organization Resources

Community Conversations

How can RALtoday best support our community right now?
Stay-at-home orders around the Triangle (explained)
Donate supplies to help our local hospitals
Supporting local restaurants on #carryoutWednesday (and every day)
Stick to your routine with local, online workout classes
Here’s how one local startup is helping to support the service industry
Notes from a local wellness instructor
Date night ideas with social distancing in mind
Quarantine food photo challenge
Share your stories with us
Where to find toilet paper in Raleigh
10 local startups for consumers in Raleigh
Resources for frontline workers
Notes from a local lifestyle coach
Local fundraisers
Local shops selling face masks in and around Raleigh
Assistance loans for small businesses in Raleigh
Where to buy local produce in Raleigh
Job opportunities during COVID-19
New local initiative addresses supply chain concerns
Notes from a local real estate professional
How to help your dog transition out of quarantine
Governor Roy Cooper’s reopening NC plan
Poll results: What our readers said about getting back to normal post-quarantine
Inspections, renewals, and vehicle registration during COVID-19
Paycheck protection program loans
Raleigh’s mask mandate
Mental health resources
NC’s plan for schools
Perspective: Wake County school teacher weighs in
WakeHELPS utility bill assistance
Join our Pen Pal Program, Raleigh
Preserve your 2020 story for posterity