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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Town Offices Close to Public at 5 p.m. on 3/18/20; See Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

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The Town of Huntersville continues to work with our partners with the County Manager,CoronaVirus-OfficesClosed Mecklenburg County Health Department and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management to stay abreast of the latest information locally as it relates to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  

Please visit Mecklenburg County’s update page for the latest information from Public Health as it relates to this pandemic: https://www.mecknc.gov/news/Pages/Update-on-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx.  We have also created a page on our website (Under Living Here tab) to link to this and information from the State and CDC.

If you have further questions, please call the Mecklenburg County Public Health Hotline at 980-314-9400.  

Want the latest from the Town and its Partners across the county?  "Follow" the Town on Twitter or "Like" the Town on Facebook as we’re sharing updates as best we can in real time from our government, school and community partners to help keep residents informed.  

You can also get the latest news and information from our two major healthcare providers Novant Health and Atrium Health at:  

Atrium Health - https://atriumhealth.org/dailydose/2020/03/15/10-things-to-know-about-atrium-healths-coronavirus-response

Novant Health - https://www.novanthealth.org/home/about-us/newsroom/press-releases.aspx

The Town will use this page (see below) to provide updates as they affect the residents of Huntersville:

Latest Town of Huntersville – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates:

Effective at 5 p.m. on Wednesday (3/18/2020), all town offices will be closed to walk-in traffic until further notice to protect the public and reduce the spread of COVID-19.  

Trash Service continues as regularly scheduled.  This is subject to change due to COVID-19 impacts to Waste Connections staff and/or the staff of our third party disposal facilities.  The North Mecklenburg Recycling Center remains open at this time, though all payments must be made by credit card as cash is not being accepted for the foreseeable future.

As of 3/16/2020, here are actions the Town is taking to reduce interactions and spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Stay tuned as things are changing rapidly:

  • Town Board Meeting - The 3/16/20 board meeting was held as scheduled and streamed via Facebook Live for remote viewing, which was encouraged to support social distancing.  We will advise accordingly for the April 6th meeting.
  • Town Committee and Advisory Board Meetings - All town meetings have been canceled through Monday, April 6, 2020 (subject to change, may be extended later), until further notice.  This includes all town advisory boards and committees.  Given recent guidance against participating in mass gatherings going from 100 to 50 people and today, down to 10 people at the urging of the President, we want to urge residents to stay home to the extent possible reduce the chances of spreading Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Town Offices will have limited staffing and no meetings to discourage visits to further encourage social distancing.
  • Parks and Recreation Outdoor Facilities (Parks and Greenways) remain open.
  • Parks and Recreation Facility Rentals have been canceled until at least April 6th (may be extended further).  All canceled rentals will receive a full refund.
  • Park Operations have been postponed indefinitely, from programs to gyms, including the Recreation Center.  All nine of our partner agencies who offer athletic programs for local residents have been shut down as well.
  • Huntersville Police Department – Effective immediately, HPD will be suspending all non-essential meetings and services until further notice. This includes the Citizens Police Academy, fingerprinting, facility tours.
  • Town Staffing - The Town is looking at flex schedules and / or vacation/sick leave for staff to handle obligations associated with childcare affected by COVID-19 and work remote to the extent possible. 
  • Meals for Local CMS Families will be distributed Monday-Friday beginning Tuesday, March 17 from 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. These grab-and-go meals (lunch and breakfast for the next day) are free for anyone 18-years old and under. Children must be present to receive meals.  Click to see full list of distribution sites. 

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we strive to keep our residents and staff healthy at this time. 

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Previous Updates:

On Sunday, March 15, 2020, Mecklenburg County cases were up to 4 and a State of Emergency has been Declared for Mecklenburg County.  Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners Chairman George Dunlap, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, along with the mayors of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville signed the declaration this weekend.

Late Sunday, March 15th, the CDC recommended cancelling all events of 50 or more people.  The town is working to follow this guidance.

  • Latest Parks and Recreation Closings (NOTE: Discovery Place Kids is also closed, effective 3/13/2020):
    • All 9 of our local athletic groups have cancelled all activities. Below are each group’s cancellation dates (subject to change). We will be postponing our girls volleyball league as well until March 30th.

Independence Soccer- April 1st
Dream Big Basketball- March 27
Strikers Soccer- April 1st
Lake Norman Little League Baseball- April 6
Lake Norman Tennis Association - April 20
Stewards Baseball- April 6
HYAA Baseball - April 6
Miners Lacrosse- April 6
Nothing But Net Basketball- March 27

All Use of our Joint Use School facilities (8 indoor courts affected and 10 athletic fields) are closed until further notice.

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools announced it was closing for two weeks on March 14, 2020
  • During its media briefing on March 12, 2020, the County Health Director advised that anyone over 65 is considered high risk and encouraged anyone in that category to think seriously about exposure to the community and travel.  
  • On March 10, 2020, Governor Cooper declared a State of Emergency statewide due to COVID-19.
  • On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a National State of Emergency.  One March 16, he shared his 15 Days to Slow the Spread plan

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