"If people need us, and we need to help folks that are out and about, or stranded, or isolated, or people need food, the emergency operations center is able to help," Rich said.
For example, she said that although county commissioners are required by law to meet in public once a month, declaring a state of emergency allows them to waive this requirement.
Rich said boards throughout Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough will be suspending meetings for the time being. She said that down the road, they will consider holding meetings online or through conference calls.
All Carrboro Town Council and advisory board meetings are cancelled until March 31, according to a state of emergency proclamation from Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle. All Chapel Hill advisory board, commissions and Town Council meetings have also been cancelled until further notice.
Orange County, Chapel Hill and Carrboro will also be implementing several social distancing measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Beginning March 16, all Orange County libraries will be closed and recreation and programming actives will be suspended until further notice. The Chapel Hill Public Library and Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation facilities closed on March 13 and will remain closed until further notice.
“We regret the potential impact this will have on our residents, but we are following recommendations from our county health director, state and federal health officials,” Orange County Manager Bonnie Hammersley said in a press release. "County staff will monitor the situation closely and we will resume our normal operations as soon as circumstances allow us to do so."
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