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Community Update November 24, 2020

COVID-19 Executive Order

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper updated his COVID-19 Executive Order yesterday, and some of the changes included in the update impact us on campus. Since the changes take effect at 5:00 pm on November 25, you will want to make sure that you follow the updated rules as you prepare to return to campus after Thanksgiving. These changes are in effect through at least December 11, 2020. 

Inside Living Spaces

  • Face coverings need not be worn when only members of the “household” are in a living space, such as a residence hall room or suite
    • A “household” is limited to those persons who are officially assigned to that living space (typically a residence hall room or suite, or a house).
  • If anyone who is not a member of the household visits that living space, then face coverings must be worn by everyone in that living space for the entire time the visitor is present. (This rule applies even if everyone can keep 6 feet of distance between them)
    • For example, friends, including girlfriends/boyfriends, who are not officially assigned to that living space are not members of that “household.”  Face coverings must be worn by everyone in that living space, including the visitor, until all visitors leave.

Inside Residence Halls and Other Buildings

  • All persons inside residence halls and other buildings must where face coverings at all times, except when they are in their living spaces and only when persons who are officially assigned to that living space are present.


  • All persons exercising indoors must wear face coverings unless they are exercising in their assigned living space and no visitors are present.
  • All persons exercising outdoors must wear face coverings unless they can maintain at least six feet of distance from all persons who do not live in their household.
    • The only exception to this rule is that intercollegiate athletes need not where face coverings while they are strenuously exercising indoors or outdoors, such as when they are actively, training, practicing or actively playing a game. However, they must wear face coverings on the sidelines and during practice at any time that they are not strenuously exercising or recovering from exercise. Coaches should wear face coverings at all times when working with athletes.

Outdoors (not exercising)

  • All persons must wear face coverings outdoors unless they consistently maintain at least six feet of distance between them.
    • For example, persons walking together on campus must wear face coverings unless they stay six feet apart the entire time.

In Vehicles

  • All persons riding in vehicles, including cars, buses, trains and airplanes, must wear face coverings at all times.
    • The only exception to this rule is that face coverings need not be worn if everyone in the vehicle is a member of the same household.  If anyone riding in the vehicle is from outside the household, then all persons in that vehicle must wear face coverings.

After Thanksgiving when we all return to campus there will only be a few days left until exams and the end of the semester. We have to stay vigilant to keep our campus community healthy and safe.

Wash your hands. Wear a face covering. Keep a safe distance with others.

Do it for yourself, for your family, and for your friends. Stay safe and well, Bulldogs!

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