Town of Elon Coronavirus Action Plan
The Town of Elon is monitoring the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and working in partnership with local and state agencies, Elon University, and Twin Lakes to address community and employee safety.
Our staff has developed a flexible action plan to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to provide essential Town services to our residents. As the situation continues to develop, the action plan will be updated.
September 30: Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 169 and moved the state into Phase 3 of reopening. The mass gathering limits remain at 25 indoors and 50 outdoors for the State. The Town of Elon mass gathering limit will remain at 10 indoors and 25 outdoors. Face coverings for everyone 5 years old and above are mandatory. Additional information can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions provided by the Governor’s office. This order goes into effect on Friday, October 2, 2020 at 5pm and remains in effect until Friday, October 23, 2020 at 5pm. To see the various reopening stages, please view the Phase List.
September 12: Beth Schmidt and Lawrence Slade Parks reopen to the public after staff develop protocols to clean and disinfect equipment and bathrooms, install hand washing stations, and gates. Park playgrounds, basketball court, and Picnic Pavilion are held to the 25 person limit found in the Mayor’s State of Emergency declaration. Trails, walking paths, and open spaces remain open to all visitors. Everyone ages 5 years and above are required to wear face coverings unless strenuously exercising.
September 3: Mayor Tolley issues an updated State of Emergency Declaration for the Town of Elon. This maintains the mass gathering limitations of no more than 10 people indoors and no more than 25 people outdoors. This goes into effect Friday, September 4 at 5pm.
September 1: Governor Cooper issues Executive Order 163, which goes into effect Friday, September 4 at 5pm. This order changes capacity requirements for restaurants and retail stores, allows Gyms to open at 30% capacity, maintains the alcoholic beverage service curfew, and requires face coverings to be worn by everyone age 5 years old and above. For frequently asked questions please click the appropriate language: FAQ English, FAQ Spanish.
August 12: Elon University issues a letter regarding their efforts around the health and safety of the local and campus community. This is Elon’s paramount priority as we implement significant modifications of the campus environment, daily operations, and personal
practices. The letter can be found here: Elon University Community Letter_August 12 2020. For additional information and frequent updates, visit the University’s Ready & Resilient page. Elon University COVID-19 Dashboard is a source of information for our community, combining information from multiple sources to illustrate and track the impact of the pandemic.
August 4: Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 155 extending Phase Two Safer at Home for five more weeks through Friday, September 11 at 5pm.
July 28: Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 153 imposing a restriction on alcohol sales for on site consumption after 11pm beginning Friday, July 31, 2020. Here is the FAQ accompanying the Executive Order to help explain the mandate. Additionally, Governor Cooper did not extend the prohibition on utility shot offs and evictions, which expires July 29, 2020 at 11:59pm.
July 16: Governor Cooper continues Phase Two restrictions with Executive Order 151 until August 7 at 5pm. The restrictions and requirements in Executive Orders 141 and 147 are extended through August 7 at 5pm. Executive Order 151 amends Executive Order 141 by removing the text “Venues for Receptions or Parties” and added the following: E. Limit on Receptions or Parties: Parties and receptions, like all other private events or convenings which are not excepted from the prohibition on Mass Gatherings, are limited to the Mass Gathering limit of ten ( 10) people indoors or twenty-five (25) people outdoors. This limit applies regardless whether the event takes place in a restaurant, in a conference center, in a hotel ballroom, in a venue that is used exclusively for receptions or parties, or in some other space open under this Executive Order. Executive Order 151 also extends the price gouging period. Click here for more information on Phase Two.
June 24: Governor Cooper extends Phase Two restrictions with Executive Order 147 and requires the use of face coverings for everyone across the state. For more information on face coverings, please read the Interim Guidance on Face Coverings. For a breakdown of the Executive Order, please read the Executive Order 147 FAQs. To see what the phase means check here – Phase List.
June 4: Governor Cooper issues Executive Order 143 to address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color.
May 30: Governor Cooper issues Executive Order 142 assisting North Carolina citizens by placing temporary prohibitions on evictions and extending the prohibition on utility shut-offs.
May 22: Mayor Tolley amended the Town of Elon’s Emergency Declaration to change the limitation on mass gatherings to be in line with the Governor’s Executive Order 141 to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors. The limitations placed on the K-9 Corner on April 28th remain in effect. No more than 15 people in the active area and a limit of 5 people in the inactive area.
May 20: Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 141 taking us into Phase Two of reopening. Phase Two will occur at 5pm on Friday, May 22. Religious services are exempt to the mass gathering restrictions. Interim guidance for businesses allowed to reopen can be found here.
May 5: Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 138 taking us into Phase One of reopening. To better understand what the changes are in Phase One, check out this chart – Phase-1-Chart. Phase One of reopening will begin on Friday, May 8 at 5pm. Additional guidance for religious services can be found here.
April 28: Effective Immediately: Limit of 15 people in the active area of the K9 Corner at Beth Schmidt Park and a limit of 5 people in the inactive area. More information here.
April 9: NC Governor Executive Order 131 – This order provides requirements for retail establishments and long term care facilities. The retail section of this order is effective Monday, April 13, 2020 at 5pm. The long term care facilitiy section became effective on Friday, April 10, 2020.
April 7: Effective on April 7, 2020, an interim policy for Infrastructure Construction Inspections has been put in place due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
April 3: Move-Out Guidance for Students Living Off-Campus: https://www.elon.edu/u/coronavirus/information-for-everyone/
Governor Cooper issues a statewide stay at home order beginning at 5pm, March 30, 2020 until Wednesday, April 29, 2020 in Executive Order 121. For more information, please read these frequently asked questions (FAQs).
- Waiver of late fees on parking tickets and water bills, deferral of water bill non payment shut offs until June
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and to help mitigate the continued spread of the virus, Mayor Tolley declared a state of emergency for the Town of Elon at 3pm today, Friday, March 20, 2020.
The Town is taking the following steps effective immediately:
- All town buildings are closed to the public. Payments can be made online here, by mail, or using the drop box by the front doors.
If you need to see someone, please call for an appointment using the contact phone numbers found on the contact us page.
- All parks are closed until further notice.
- All recreation activities are cancelled until further notice.
- All events are cancelled until further notice.
- All Board of Aldermen, Planning Board, Downtown Advisory Board, and committee meetings will be conducted via electronic means when possible and lawful. A link to view the meeting will be provided.
- The Board of Aldermen meetings have been reduced to a single meeting each month, held on the second Tuesday of the month starting on April 14, 2020.
Beginning at 9pm tonight, March 20, 2020, ALL public and private gatherings of more than ten (10) people, as advised by the Federal Government, are hereby prohibited. This provision will be enforced by the Town of Elon Police Department, the Elon University Police Department, and other law enforcement agencies with jurisdictional authority in the Town of Elon.
Phase One measures
The Town of Elon is implementing the following steps and asking residents to take some preventative measures as well.
- Town Hall remains closed to the public. If you need to see an employee, please make an appointment. Contact information can be found here.
- Residents can pay utility bills for FREE online at https://www.townofelon.com/how-do-i/online-payment-services/.
- Town Hall and other Town buildings will be deep cleaned on May 9th and continue to receive twice daily cleanings.
- Staff is asking all visitors and employees to refrain from entering Town facilities if they are sick or are exhibiting fever, coughing, or breathing difficulties.
- The Elon Police Station is closed to the public. If you need to contact the the department, please call 336.584.1301 or use the online contact form: https://www.townofelon.com/contact-us/ and select Police Department. If you have an emergency, call 911.
- Town staff will ensure more frequent cleaning of surfaces in Town buildings and increased availability of handwashing and sanitizing supplies.
- Employees have been asked to follow recommended preventative measures and will be required to wear masks when dealing with the public. If employees are exhibiting fever, coughing, or breathing difficulties, they are asked to stay home, contact their supervisor, and contact their healthcare provider.
- A staffing plan is in place to allow for work from home and rotation of staff to minimize the risk of contamination by COVID-19.
- The Town is limiting all travel for Town employees unless essential to operations.
- Staff will keep the Town website and social media accounts updated with relevant coronavirus announcements and provide updates through the Elon Connect system. If you have not registered for Elon Connect, please do so here.
- Staff will closely monitor emerging news and advice and remain flexible on next steps.
There are some common sense measures everyone can take to protect themselves and others from the spread of respiratory illnesses including coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- Do not congregate in groups over ten people and practice social distancing.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Do not reuse the tissue after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
It is also good practice to start being more aware of the number of times a day your hands touch an object or hard surface and then touch your face without being washed. Limiting the exposure of your nose, mouth, and eyes to unwashed hands can help to protect from the spread of all germs and illnesses.
It is not recommended that people wear masks if they are well or stockpile them. Masks should be worn by people who are sick to prevent the spread of infection.
Information and updates
For updates, the Town recommends residents frequently check the NC Department of Health and Human Services website, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response in North Carolina, or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, http://coronavirus.gov.
Preparation activities and Information: https://www.elon.edu/u/coronavirus/
Information links regarding the Coronavirus-COVID-19
Alamance County Public Health Department: https://www.alamance-nc.com/covid19/ , COVID-19 call center for general questions regarding Alamance County’s response: 336-290-0361.
State of North Carolina COVID-19 information: https://www.nc.gov/covid19
NC Department of Health and Human Services: Coronavirus Response in North Carolina: http://ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus, COVID-19 related information line: 866-462-3821.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://coronavirus.gov
World Health Organization (WHO): http://coronavirus.com
Information for Businesses
Alamance Chamber of Commerce: http://www.alamancechamber.com/covid-19/
ACC Small Business Center: https://www.alamancecc.edu/services-for-business-and-industry-site/small-business-center/
Small Business Administration: https://www.sba.gov/
SBA Disaster Loan – Paper Forms: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/PaperForms
SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center: 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339), e-mail: email@example.com
Piedmont Triad Regional Council: https://www.ptrc.org/home
NC Rapid Recovery: https://ncrapidrecovery.org/
NC Department of Commerce Employment Security Division: https://des.nc.gov/
NC Works (Employment Assistance): https://www.ncworks.gov/vosnet/Default.aspx
NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund: https://www.ncrestaurantrelief.com/
Printable Fact Sheets
NCDHHS – Patient Guidance for those sick with COVID-19 – March 23, 2020