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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