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COVID-19 Pertinent Information and Business Recovery Resources

January 6, 2021

  • Governor Cooper extended North Carolina’s Modified Stay At Home Order that requires people to be at home from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. to last through at least Friday, January 29.
  • NCDHHS issued a Secretarial Directive telling North Carolinians to stay home except for essential activities and avoid gathering, especially indoors, with people who do not live with you. The directive comes as the state reports 84 counties as red in the COVID-19 County Alert System released today, meaning most of the state has critical levels of viral spread. North Carolina also has experienced record high numbers on key metrics in recent weeks, including its highest number since the start of the pandemic of cases reported each day, the percent of tests that are positive and people hospitalized with COVID-19.
Executive Order Summary More Information
Executive Order 181
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  • Implements a modified stay at home order from 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Requires nighttime closure from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for certain businesses and activities
  • Prohibits the sale and service of alcohol for onsite consumption from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Executive Order 180
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  • Requires face coverings in all public indoor settings, including fitness facilities and restaurants, where non-household members are present
  • Retail business locations with more than 15,000 square feet of interior space must have a worker at each public entrance open to the public to enforce face covering requirements
Executive Order 176
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  • Extends the “Phase 3” order (Executive Order 169)
  • Reduces indoor gathering limits to 10 people
Executive Order 169
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  • Revises prohibitions and restrictions that move the state into “Phase 3” measures
Executive Order 153
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  • Requires restaurants, breweries, wineries, distilleries and other establishments that serve alcohol for on-site consumption to cease alcohol sales and service each day from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m.

For an all inclusive State Resource page



New Hanover County, visit, or call the Public Health Coronavirus Call Center at 910-798-6800,  and follow the county’s trusted social media pages: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Nextdoor  


Golden Leaf and the NC Rural Center have just introduced a new loan program called

NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loans

The new product is a rapid recovery loan that is designed to provide businesses with the capital they need before federal loans and insurance payouts are approved. The SBA process is an 8-21 day process. The process for this program is expected to be completed in 4 days (if all the info is provided).  These are 0% interest loans for the first 6 months, so they will be a great bridge option before the federal funds come in.

There is a very easy online application process that starts here.

SBA Loan Overview and Comparison Chart


Click here for a list of the documents your business will need when applying.

Many small businesses have experienced significant disruptions and providing clear, relevant information to help support their business decisions at this time is critical.  Click here to review detailed resources available through the CARES act for small businesses provided by the US Chamber of Commerce.


Below is an evolving list of resources to help business and industry navigate through this challenging time.


Business and Industry Resources

Wilmington Business Development Member Support Programs