The City of Greensboro will not issue a stay-at-home order specific to the city when the Guilford County stay-at-home order expires at midnight, Thursday, April 16.
Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan said that the city was considering writing a new order similar to the Guilford County order but specific to Greensboro, but the city didn’t have time to do it.
Vaughan said, “The county didn’t tell us until 11:40 that they weren’t going to extend the order and we were hopeful that they would.”
She said that a few hours notice was not enough time to prepare a new order specific to Greensboro even though in her opinion it was needed.
She said, “We were hopeful that given the advice of the county health director and the advice of Cone Health that they would have extended the order with a few modifications.”
Vaughan noted that having the county order expire meant that Gov. Roy Cooper’s statewide stay-at-home order would be in effect, but it was not as stringent as the Guilford County order that was announced at joint press conference on Wednesday, March 25, held by Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Jeff Phillips, High Point Mayor Jay Wagoner and Vaughan and went into effect on Friday, March 27.
Vaughan said that the state stay-at-home order allows businesses to open as long as they maintain the social distancing requirements. She said, “This is going to open up a whole bunch of retail.”
She said, “We’re telling people to stay at home, but we’re opening up Friendly Center? I think it sends a mixed message when we are telling people to stay at home but we are allowing all these retail stores to open.”
Vaughan said that a good indication of exactly where the healthcare community stood on the issue was the fact that Cone Health had gone to the considerable expense to open the recently closed Women’s Hospital and equipped it for COVID-19 patients.