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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

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Explore Nash County has the well-being of all visitors and residents of Nash County/Rocky Mount as our highest priority.

Governor Roy Cooper issued additional COVID-19 safety measures to tighten mask requirements and enforcement as cases continue to rise rapidly in North Carolina and across the country. As of 5 PM on December 11, there is a temporary night-time public closure period and a modified “Stay at Home” order in place to address the current spike in COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations. Summary: Certain businesses are ordered to close to the public between 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM. During this time, all individuals in North Carolina must stay at home or the place they are staying for the night unless an exception applies such as traveling for purposes of personal safety, work, and obtaining essential supplies. Additionally, late-night alcohol sales are now prohibited for on-site consumption between 9:00 PM and 7:00 AM. Business-specific requirements and exceptions to the stay at home order for individuals are listed below. For more information, please review the full Executive Order.

Under Phase 3 View details of North Carolina’s phased opening HERE. Stay ahead of the curve by reading up on opening requirements for local businesses HERE.

We have been and will continue to gather information by working with local, state, and national agencies and encourage our visitors to follow any guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health authorities.

All hotels are open and ready to welcome our travelers. Check out their enhanced hotel cleaning guidelines by various brands in response to COVID-19 HERE.

The U.S. Travel Association, Visit North Carolina, N.C. Restaurant & Lodging Association etc. has issued a statement offering “Make Fact-Based Decisions About Traveling.” Read more HERE.

Various businesses have completed the new COVID-19 training and are now a participating #CountOnMeNC location. As you see this logo around Nash County, please know that our partners have taken their already stringent disinfection safety measures the extra mile that you can count on!

Visit to learn more about enhanced safety measures we’ve implemented and to take the pledge yourself. Find locally registered Count on Me NC businesses HERE.

Earlier this Spring I found myself in a unique situation as a tourism marketer. Instead of encouraging people to come for a visit, I was telling them to stay home, stay safe. With one executive order, the pause button was pressed on travel. To say that Covid 19 has changed the tourism industry is an understatement. In fact, it has made us question every decision of where we want to travel, what we plan to do, and whom we plan to see from six feet apart READ MORE.