Well, this certainly wasn't the springtime any of us had in mind!
While we all continue to adapt and adjust to these uncertain times, please remember that the Town's operations continue. And, of course, we are monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and making our own adjustments, as necessary.
I am sad to see some of our annual spring events canceled or postponed... and even sadder for businesses that have had to shut their doors and employees who are losing their income. But what's most important to government leaders at all levels and here in Leland right now is ensuring the health and well-being of citizens.
I encourage everyone to take Gov. Roy Cooper's Stay at Home Order seriously and don't venture out and about unless necessary. Follow CDC guidelines as closely as possible to help ensure that, when you do have to leave the house for groceries or other necessities, you are protecting yourself from the potential spread of this virus. For business owners, we are adding information to the Town website regarding COVID-19 that includes a list of resources, grant and funding programs, support networks, and other services. I encourage you to visit the website regularly for any updates.
And be sure that you're protecting your emotional well-being, too! Times of crisis can, understandably, put stress on individuals and families. Be sure to take a break from the news several times a day, take a walk (while maintaining the appropriate 6-foot distance from others), and take time to explore lots of virtual education and entertainment opportunities now at our fingertips. In short, take time for you.
We will get through this, to be sure, but we'll get through it better together. Leland is already a strong community and I believe we will come out of this situation even stronger than before.
--- Mayor Brenda Bozeman
The Leland Cultural Art Center's (LCAC's) annual Spring Art Market is going virtual this year! Shop goods from all your favorite local artisans and craftsmen from the comfort of your own home. Stop by the LCAC social media pages on Saturday, May 2, where we will be sharing artists and their websites, Instagram, and Facebook pages all day long. Don’t miss out on unique accessories, home goods, fine art, and more!
NC Gov. Roy Cooper has declared a 30-day Stay At Home order for the entire state effective at 5:00 PM on Monday, March 30. Executive Order 121 orders North Carolinians to remain in their homes except for performing essential work and essential activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety purposes. It also restricts travel to essential activities only and limits mass gatherings to no more than 10.
Under the Stay At Home order, the following businesses, organizations, and facilities are permitted to remain open:
Restaurants that provide take-out, drive-thru, or delivery
ABC stores and beer and wine stores
Doctors and other healthcare providers, included home-based healthcare services
Banks and financial institutions
Child care facilities meeting NC Department of Health and Human Services requirements
Office supply stores
Gas stations and convenience stores
Veterinarians and pet supply stores
Hotels, airlines, buses, taxis, and rideshare services
Places of worship
Non-essential businesses that were closed to the public by March 25 under Gov. Cooper's earlier executive order must remain closed under the Stay At Home order.
Those businesses include:
Hair salons and barber shops
Gyms and fitness facilities (including yoga and martial arts studios and indoor trampoline and rock-climbing facilities)
Live music venues
Gaming establishments (including bingo parlors and arcades)
Utilities to Remain Connected
& Late Fees Suspended
Effective March 31, 2020 under the Governor's Executive Order 124, residential account disconnections for nonpayment are suspended, penalties for late payments on residential accounts will not be applied, services that were disconnected prior to March 31, 2020 will be reconnected during this order, and there will be an established payment plan option for residential accounts that become delinquent. Call (910) 332-5000 if you have any questions.
Canceled: Litter Sweep 2020
Due to the Governor's Stay at Home Order, the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has canceled its Spring Litter Sweep activities, originally planned for April 11-25, throughout the state. This includes the Town's NCDOT Litter Sweep that was scheduled for Saturday, April 18.
Frequently Asked Questions: Stay at Home Order
Adapted from the NC Office of the Governor
What does "stay at home" mean? It means that people should stay at their residence and limit social interactions and travel for essential activities or essential business purposes.
When will this order be lifted? It is valid through April 29, 2020 but can be revised or extended.
Is it mandatory or just guidance? Mandatory. All persons and other entities are required to comply if they do not fall within the exemptions that are specified in the order.
How will it be enforced? Gov. Cooper is seeking voluntary cooperation from all state residents and businesses to ensure the health and safety of our communities. If voluntary cooperation is not achieved, state and local law enforcement officers have the authority to enforce the order.
Can I visit friends or family members? Individuals may leave their homes to care for a family member or friend or to help their family member or friend get essential goods or receive necessary health care. Individuals should not visit with friends or family members if there is no urgent need.
Can I leave my home to exercise? People are encouraged to maintain healthy lifestyles, including outdoor recreational activity, such as walking pets and jogging. While exercising, individuals should maintain social distancing and continue to take protective measures to maintain their personal health and well-being.
The following is a comprehensive and updated list of scheduling changes for Leland Parks and Recreation Department events and programs. The Town will provide additional updates regarding postponed activities as they become available.
Night Hunt, April 9
And Me Pajama Party, May 9
Egg Hunt, April 11
Spring into DIY: Acrylic Paint Pouring, April 15
Plant Giveaway, April 18
Date Night in the Park, April 25
Container Gardening, April 25
Spring into DIY: Boho Bead Necklaces, April 29
Live at the Park: The Entertainers, April 30
Kayak Adventure: Three Sisters Swamp, May 3
Please note: All Leland Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) classes and workshops scheduled for April have been canceled. Please contact email@example.com with any questions. The Jim Barone performance, "Elvis through the Years," scheduled for Friday, April 17, has been postponed. The LCAC will provide more information on a rescheduled date when it becomes available.