There have been many questions regarding the Phase 1 implemented by Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order # 138. Phase 1 begins today, Friday, May 8, 2020 at 5:00P.
In addition to Executive Order #138, the Governor’s office released a FAQ document that answers a majority of your questions. View the FAQs by clicking here. Executive Order #138, based on data and science, eases the restrictions on many businesses, but still encourages social distancing, wearing masks, and limiting most gatherings to 10 or less. This order remains in place through 5:00P May, 2020. However, if data and science indicate that we are not able to move into Phase 2, the Governor may extend the deadline. NC REALTORS® shared a helpful graphic that breaks down the differences between the restriction prior to May 8 and Phase 1. Click here to view the graphic.
Please note: One of the FAQs addressed people staying at hotels or other short-term vacation rentals.
“Does this Executive Order allow for people to stay at hotels or other short-term vacation rentals?
Yes, hotels and short-term vacation rentals are allowed. However, individuals should practice Stay at Home, Recommendations to Promote Social Distancing and Reduce Transmission, and other COVID-19 mitigation measures at any short-term rental. Rental landlords should follow CDC guidelines on cleaning hotels and rental units including using an EPA-approved disinfectant for COVID-19 between customers.”
At this time it is unclear if this answer applies to rental homes that accommodate 10 or more individuals.
Today, NCR President Maren Brisson-Kuester released a video with three quick takeaways from the order. Click to view the video. She also encourages you to refer to the NC REALTORS® Best Practices Guide, and now that Senate Bill 704 passed, to utilize the Emergency Video Notary.