For the full NC dashboard that includes all metrics and reports, click this link.

Visit this link for the CDC’s full guidelines on how to properly wear a mask.

For the most up-to-date information related to COVID testing and the vaccine, please visit the Forsyth County Department of Public Health website or their Facebook page

MARCH 24, 2021

Effective at 5:00 PM on Friday, March 26, 2021, Executive Order #204 by Governor Cooper will ease some restrictions.  The Order remains in effect until April 30, 2021 at 5:00 PM.  

  • Retail businesses, salons, tattoo parlors, personal care and grooming businesses, museums, and aquariums can open at 100% capacity indoors and outdoors
  • Restaurants, gyms, breweries, pools, recreation (bowling, skating, rock climbing, etc.), and amusement parks can open at 75% capacity indoors and 100% outdoors
  • Bars, conference centers, sporting arenas and fields, and live performance venues can open at 50% capacity indoors and outdoors
  • Movie theaters and gaming facilities can open at 50% capacity indoors and 75% capacity outdoors
  • On-site alcohol curfew is lifted
  • Gathering limits increase to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors

It is important to note the mask mandate will remain.

The FAQ for Executive Order #204 can be viewed here.

FEBRUARY 24, 2021

Governor Cooper announced some easing of COVID-19 restrictions to become effective at 5 PM on Friday, February 26, 2021 until 5 PM on Friday, March 26, 2021.

Restriction Lifted Completely

  • Modified Stay-At-Home Order (no curfews)

Restrictions Eased – New Guidelines

  • Mass gathering limit increased – 25 people indoors, 50 people outdoors
  • On-site alcohol service extended to 11 PM
  • Indoor amusement parks, bars and taverns, movie theaters, and indoor sports arenas can open at 30% capacity (capped at 250 people)
  • Retail establishments, gyms, museums, aquariums, pools, restaurants, wineries, barbers (and other personal care), and outdoor amusement parks can open at 50% capacity
  • Indoor arenas with a 5,000 and more capacity can open at 15% capacity, with no cap
  • Outdoor sport fields/venues, outdoor bars, outdoor amusement parks, and other outdoor businesses that were at 30% capacity will remain at 30% capacity but no longer have a 100-person cap

No Change in Restriction

  • Mask mandate remains in place

JANUARY 27, 2021

Governor Cooper issued extensions on previous orders as follows:

– Modified Stay-at-Home Order (includes mask mandate, curfew, mass gathering limits, and business capacity limits) extended to February 28, 2021:

– Moratorium on evictions has been extended to March 31, 2021:

– Mixed beverage to-go and delivery extended to March 31, 2021:

JANUARY 8, 2021

Governor Cooper has extended the “Stay at Home” order until Friday, January 29, 2021 at 5 PM.

DECEMBER 7, 2020

Governor Cooper has issued a modified “Stay at Home” order that goes into effect Friday, December 11, 2020 at 5 PM until Friday, January 8, 2021 at 5 PM. 

Here is a summary of the order:

  • Restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, parks, most retail stores, and other businesses are required to close at 10 PM
  • Onsite alcohol consumption sale and service prohibited 9 PM-7 AM
  • Individuals are required to stay at home 10 PM-5 AM
  • Capacity limits, indoor and outdoor, extended through January 8, 2021

To view the FAQ related to Executive Order No. 181, please visit this link:

NOVEMBER 25, 2020

Download the SlowCOVIDNC Exposure Notification app and you will be notified if you have been in close contact with someone who has shared a positive COVID-19 test result in the app.  Bluetooth and Exposure Notification settings must be enabled for the app to work.

Once you opt-in to the notification system, you can also anonymously share a positive COVID-19 test result in the app.  SlowCOVIDNC protects your identity and privacy while empowering you to protect yourself, your family, and your community.

Information on how the app works, the privacy statement, and how to download the app can be found at this link.

November 23, 2020

As COVID-19 cases continue to rapidly rise, Governor Cooper issued additional COVID-19 guidelines tightening the face covering requirements and enforcement.  Executive Order No. 180 goes into effect on Wednesday, November 25 at 5 PM and continues through Friday, December 11. 

The Order tightens the face covering requirements by clearly stating that face coverings are required whenever you are with someone who is not from the same household.  The Order also adds additional face covering requirements:

  • Any indoor public space even if able to maintain 6-feet distance
  • Gyms even when exercising
  • All schools, public and private
  • All public and private transportation when traveling with people outside your household

To view the FAQ related to Executive Order No. 180, please visit this link:

November 23, 2020

NCDHHS has developed a County Alert System that is updated every other week.  The map reflects the spread of COVID-19.  As of today, Forsyth County is colored orange, which means substantial community spread.  Practice social distancing guidelines and remember the three W’s – wear, wait, wash.


Effective at 5 PM on September 4, 2020, the Covington Park picnic shelter, playground, and restrooms will reopen. The water fountain will not be in operation. Per Governor Cooper’s order, outdoor gatherings must be limited to fifty (50) people. Picnic shelter reservations can be made by calling Town Hall at 336-969-6856.

MARCH 23, 2020

Coronavirus, COVID-19, and social distancing are phrases that have quickly become a part of our everyday discussions. The Town of Rural Hall is committed in educating and protecting our citizens and community. I, along with the Council and staff, understand that our citizens may have an array of emotions including concern, fear, apprehension, and uncertainty. Rest assured, our staff is working diligently to ensure they are educated on the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation.  A section has been set up on the Town’s website where we will continue to share resources and information.

On March 16, 2020, I declared a State of Emergency for the Town of Rural Hall. The State of Emergency allows the Town to enact a variety of restrictions and/or prohibitions as warranted. I encourage you to practice social distancing to protect yourself, your family, and others. Below are the restrictions currently in place:

  • Citizens and visitors are encouraged to handle Town-related business via telephone or email. Access to Town Hall is limited to the lobby and Council Chambers at this time. A six-foot barrier has been set up in the lobby.
  • Restrooms at Covington Memorial Park are closed during non-reservation times until further notice
  • Reservations for the Covington Park picnic shelter and ball field have been suspended until at least April 15.

Our goal is not to over restrict or panic our community. We know many feel they are in a low-risk category, however, others in the community and even certain members of your family may be at a higher risk. Please take precautions and practice social distancing as much as possible.

Mayor Tim Flinchum

MARCH 16, 2020

Effective March 16, 2020 at 2:00 PM, the Town of Rural Hall is under a State of Emergency. Slight adjustments to how we will temporarily operate have been made. We will continue to monitor the situation based upon information received from Governor Cooper, the CDC, and Forsyth County Emergency Management.


  • Town Hall remains open with regular office hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM, holiday excepted. Although Town Hall remains open, foot traffic is discouraged if possible. During these times, the only publicly accessible area will be the lobby and Council Chambers.  
  • The night drop box will remain unlocked for after-hours payments and drop offs. 


  • No new reservations for the picnic shelter or ballfield at Covington Park will be accepted the next 30 days. Near the end of the 30-day period, the situation will be reviewed, and additional action may be taken. 
  • Existing reservations for the picnic shelter and ballfield will be upheld if the attendance meets CDC recommendations in effect at the time the reservation would be held.
  • Reservations that do not meet CDC recommendations in effect at the time of the reservation would be held can be refunded or rescheduled. 
  • All restroom facilities will be closed during non-reservation time until further notice.


CDC – Center for Disease Control

NCDHHS – North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Forsyth County Office of Emergency Management

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