The Town of Davidson Board of Commissioners called a special meeting last night to discuss the town’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the threat of the novel coronavirus became apparent in our community, the Town of Davidson has been working under the umbrella of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management and Mecklenburg County Public Health to best address the crisis. At the end of April, Mecklenburg County and the six towns, including Davidson, shifted from the countywide Stay-at-Home Order to the North Carolina statewide Stay-at-Home Order. On May 8, 2020, the Town of Davidson moved to Phase 1 of reopening under Governor Cooper’s Executive Order, aligning Davidson and the rest of Mecklenburg County with the majority of the State of North Carolina.
With increasing concern about this course of action, the Town of Davidson Board of Commissioners spoke at length during their May 12, 2020 work session about the potential need to enact further restrictions within the town in order to best protect our community. Elected officials charged staff with researching a number of potential options that the board could choose to pursue if they decided to forge a different path from the rest of Mecklenburg County and/or the State of North Carolina. These options were presented and discussed last night at a special board of commissioners meeting called specifically for that purpose.
The Davidson Board of Commissioners decided to strongly recommend the use of masks by the public in all spaces where social distancing is not possible. The town will begin a public awareness campaign that will include signage posted in many public spaces around town and sharing the message digitally on social media and through the town’s website and email channels. The town board also requested that if businesses decide to require face coverings for employees and patrons, then they should post signage for public notification purposes. The town will also seek to make masks available for those who need them. More details about pick-up locations and their hours will be forthcoming.
As a reminder, whether you are wearing a face mask as encouraged or not, all individuals are also asked to observe social distancing as much as possible and wash their hands or use hand sanitizer often. This plea is to ensure the safety of our community.
At the meeting, the board of commissioners also indicated that Davidson will follow Mecklenburg County and the State of North Carolina in the move to Phase 2 as recommended by county and state health officials. Further steps will be taken within the Town of Davidson to ensure the health and safety of our residents as much as possible, such as the addition of hand sanitizer stations at various high traffic locations around town, providing businesses with signage to help their customers maintain the important physical distance that keeps the spread of COVID-19 down, and more. The board will continue to monitor the situation closely in order to advocate for the best interests concerning the health and safety of Davidson residents and businesses as the COVID-19 crisis continues.