FAQ - Shelter In Place

Coronavirus AlertWhat does this order mean?

It means that movement is restricted for all residents of the Village of Clemmons. Residents must only travel to seek or receive essential services, engage in essential activities, or work for essential businesses and government services. For example, those in need of medical assistance, food, household items, or other services necessary to sustain the well-being of themselves, household members, or someone else may travel in the Village.

What is the purpose/goal of this order?

To ensure that residents self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent possible, while enabling essential services to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19.

When will this order be lifted?

The order goes into effect on March 27, 2020, beginning at 5 p.m., and is valid through April 16, 2020, at 5:00 p.m., but will be regularly reviewed and evaluated and can be revised, amended, or extended.

How does this order change the previous executive order prohibiting mass gatherings of 50 people or more?

All public and private gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited in the Village, except for the limited purposes permitted by the Order.

What is and is not allowed?


  • Go to the grocery, convenience store, or gas station
  • Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
  • Visit a health care professional for medical services that cannot be provided virtually (call first)
  • Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery, or drive-thru
  • Care for or support a friend or family member
  • Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise – just keep at least six feet between you and others
  • Walk your pets and take them to veterinarian, if necessary
  • Help someone get necessary supplies, medical care, food, or other essential items or services
  • Receive deliveries from any business that delivers


  • Go to work unless you are providing essential services as defined in Order or adhering to the social distancing requirements if you are not defined as an essential business
  • Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need
  • Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out
  • Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility ,or other medical or residential care facility
  • Travel except for essential travel and activities

What is the difference between “stay-at-home” and “social distancing”?

Stay at home is a stricter form of social distancing. Stay at home means:

  • Stay home (stay unexposed and do not expose others)
  • Only go out for essential activities
  • Stay 6 feet or more away from others when participating in essential activities
  • Don’t gather in groups of larger than 10 people

What activities are considered essential?

  • Activities that are considered essential:
  • For health and safety
  • To get necessary supplies and services
  • For outdoor activities (walking, hiking, golfing, running, cycling, using greenways)
  • For work for essential businesses/operations
  • To take care of others
  • Businesses and types of work that are considered essential:
    • All business, industry, work, and service sectors identified as “critical infrastructure” by the Cybersecurity Infrastructure & Security Agency (CISA) of the Department of Homeland Security in the Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response issued on March 19, 2020. (https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19)
    • Healthcare, public health, law enforcement, public safety and first responders
    • Food, beverages, and agriculture (manufacturing, production, processing, cultivation including farming, livestock, fishing, baking, distribution of animals and good for consumption, providing food, shelter, and other necessities for animals)
    • Stores that sell groceries and medicine
    • Organizations that provide charitable and social services (businesses and religious and secular nonprofit organizations including food banks, when providing food and shelter,social services, and other necessities for life for economically disadvantaged or needy individuals, individuals who need assistance, and people with disabilities).
    • Energy
    • Water and wastewater
    • Transportation and logistics
    • Public works
    • Communication and information technology
    • Media
    • Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation (gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities and bicycle shops and related facilities)
    • Financial institutions (banks, currency exchange, consumer lenders, including but not limited, to payday lenders, pawnbrokers, consumer installment lenders and sales finance lenders, credit unions, appraisers, title companies, financial markets, trading and future exchanges, affiliates of financial institutions, entities that issue bonds, related financial institutions, and institutions selling financial products)
    • Hardware and supply stores
    • Critical trades (building and construction – plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, essential activities, and essential businesses)
    • Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery, and pick-up services (post offices and other businesses that provide shipping and delivery services, businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services to end users or through commercial channels)
    • Laundry services
    • Restaurants for consumption off-premises (in-house delivery, third-party deliver, drive- through, curbside pick-up, and carry-out)
    • Supplies to work from home
    • Supplies for essential businesses and operations
    • Transportation (airlines, taxis, public transportation, vehicle rental, logistics)
    • Home-based care and services (home-based care for adults, seniors, children, people with disabilities)
    • Residential facilities and shelters
    • Professional services (legal, accounting, insurance, real estate, restricted to appraisal and title services)
    • Childcare centers (for specific employees – first responders, healthcare workers, public health, etc.)
    • Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for essential services
    • Hotels and motels
    • Funeral services
    • Other community-based government operations and essential functions including human services
    • Other community-based human service operations

I live outside of Clemmons. How does this affect me?

You are allowed to travel through the Village of Clemmons and conduct essential activities within the Village of Clemmons and to return home.

What are minimum basic operations?

The minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the businesses’ inventory, preserve the condition of the business’s physical plant and equipment, ensure security, process payroll, and employee benefits, or for related functions. Or, the minimum necessary activities to facilitate the employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences.

What is considered essential travel?

  • Any travel related to the provision of or access to essential activities, essential governmental functions, essential businesses and operations, or minimum basic operations.
  • Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other people
  • Travel to or from education institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and other related services
  • Travel to return to a place of residence from outside the jurisdiction
  • Travel required by law enforcement or court order, including to transport children pursuant to a custody agreement
  • Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside Village of Clemmons

Am I allowed to travel?

You are allowed to travel for purposes of essential business and essential activities

Am I allowed to go outside to exercise?

Yes, but maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from all others.

What are the requirements for social distancing?

Remain six or more feet away from other individuals.

Can I get arrested for violating this order?

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) is continuing to enforce the order through education, dialogue, and seeking voluntary cooperation from all residents and businesses. If voluntary cooperation is not achieved FCSO is equipped to enforce these restrictions through criminal charges. Any person violating any prohibition or restriction imposed by this order shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor in accordance with G.S. 14-288.20A.

How do I report a violation of this order?

Call the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency phone number at 336-727-2112.

Does this order apply to the homeless?

No, homeless are exempt from this restriction but are urged to find shelter.

What does this mean for non-essential businesses?

Non-essential businesses may continue operation, so long as they do so may continue to operate, provided they do so via curbside, delivery, mail order, or virtual/web service only, with no in-store customer traffic, and adhere to social distancing and gathering restrictions.

The order says I am allowed to go outside – can I take my children to parks/playgrounds?

Public parks, greenways, and trails remain open.  Please practice social distancing.  Public amusement where people may gather, whether indoors or outdoors, including but not limited to, public playgrounds and recreation centers are closed to the public.

Can I visit a loved one in a hospital/nursing home/etc.?

Owners, administrators, operators, staff, contractors, and volunteers of nursing homes, long-term care and assisted living facilities are prohibited from allowing a person to enter