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Gov Cooper Exec Order 121
STAY AT HOME
Effective March 30-April 29, 2020
To the citizens of Hertford
On March 27, 2020, Governor Copper issued a statewide Stay at Home Order beginning Monday, March 30, 2020 at 5 p.m. until April 29, 2020, directing people to stay at home except to visit essential businesses, to exercise outdoors or to help a family member. The order bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs everyone to physically stay at least six feet apart from others. This Stay at Home Order will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent the medical system from being overwhelmed by keeping individuals from being exposed to the virus and keeping those who have the virus from spreading it to others.
This is a trying time for us all having to adjust our way of life. This is a Battle, but together WE CAN win with it the lease amount of causalities.
Before I go further I would like to say Thank you to our 1st Responders, teachers, parents and students, our business owners and all store staff, our Hertford Police Department, Mr. Johnathan Nixon and his staff at the PQ County Emergency Services for keeping us coordinated and informed with the most current information and to our volunteers who have helped us in every way they can. Thank you for all that you do to keep us safe.
Now, I would like to give you the short version of Gov Cooper’s ten page STAY AT HOME ORDER, some specifics:
Curfew is not imposed at this time! However, Hertford citizens are ordered by the Governor to adhere to the following:
STAY AT HOME: To the extent you are using shared or outdoor spaces you must at all times and as reasonably possible, maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from any other person, with the exception of family or household members. You may leave your homes for Essential Activities, such as:
• For Travel into, within, or out of state to maintain COVID-19 essential business
• For Health and Safety purposes, e.g., tasks essential to you, your family, your pet’s health, seeking emergency services, obtaining medical supplies, medication or visiting a health care professional or veterinarian.
• For Supplies and services, e.g., groceries and food, household products, supplies need to work from home, automobile supplies and products needed to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of your residence or place of work.
• For Outdoor activity you must comply with the Social distancing (no closer than 6 ft) and Mass gatherings (no more than 10 people in a single room or space at the same time and while still practicing Social distancing.) You may, however, engage in outdoor activities such as biking, walking, hiking, running, or golfing. You may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas, but public playground equipment will be closed.
• Other travel allowed includes:
o Place of worship
o To receive goods and services
o Child custody or visitation arrangements
o To volunteer with organizations that provide charitable and social services.
Essential Businesses and Operations are defined as those business essential to the response to COVID-19, to the infrastructure of the State and nation and essential to the day-to-day life of NC citizens. They include businesses, not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions that meet Social Distancing requirements. These Essential Businesses and Operations include:
• Stores that sell groceries and medicine while maintaining 6 feet btw and among employees and btw and among employees and the customers except at the point of sale or purchase.
• Organizations that provide charitable and social services
• Religious entities
• Media services, e.g., newspapers, TV, radio, film and other medial services
• Gas stations, auto supply, auto-repair, roadside assistance and towing services, boat repair, bicycle shops
• Banks, insurance companies
• Home improvement, businesses that sell building materials and supplies, electrical, plumbing and heating materials
• Critical trades, e.g., cleaning services, landscaping, security staff
• Laundry services
• Home-based care and services for adults, senior, children and or people with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, including the care givers and meal delivery
• Residential facilities and shelters
• Hotels and motels
• Funeral services are permitted to include no more than fifty (50) persons, while observing Social Distancing requirement to the extent practicable
• Beer, wine, liquor stores. The new Hertford ABC hours are: Monday-Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm daily. They will also be installing a barrier between the cashier and the customer to protect the employees from the customers at the register area.
• Convenience stores, retail located within healthcare facilities, pet and feed stores
Social Distancing Requirements:
a. Maintaining at least six (6) feet distancing from other individuals;
b. Washing hands using soap and water for at least twenty (20) seconds as frequently as possible or the use of hand sanitizer;
c. Regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces;
d. Facilitating online or remote shopping if possible.
Mass Gathering Requirements: no more than ten (10) persons in a single room or space at the same time and must still be able to practice Social Distancing.
The town of Hertford has not been prohibited from imposing greater restrictions. Hertford has not deemed it necessary to do so at this time.
Violations of Executive Order 121 may be subject to prosecution and punishable as a Class 2 misdemeanor, in accordance with NC Gen Stat. §14-288.20A.
The full Executive Order can be found at https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina/executive-orders
The following businesses are hiring:
Dollar General 50,000
CVS is also providing free prescription drug home delivery.
Mar 21 The TOH governing board served 495 meals to our community, approx.
Mar 28 TOH served 475, of which 41 meals were delivered to our shut-in seniors.
Note that some of our young people are not practicing Social Distancing as diligently as they could, therefore young people are also dying. Please take this very seriously. The virus does not age discriminate!
Please visit the following websites for up-to-date COVID-19 information:
NC Dept of Health and Human Services
Center of Disease Control
Albemarle Regional Health Service
PQ Emergency Services
Stay Positive, Stay SAFE and Please Stay HOME!!!Apr 02
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CONGRESS PASSED THE CORONAVIRUS AID RELIEF AND ECONOMIC SECURITY (CARES) ACT
Here are some important points about the ACT and the Stimulus payments:
• When will the stimulus payments come out? It is anybody’s guess. The Secretary of the Treasury, Mnuchin, said by April 6th; the IRS is saying three to four weeks; past experience with rebate checks has shown that a month is more realistic. Some are reporting through Decemeber 31st.
• If the taxpayer received a refund on their 2019 (or 2018) tax return and the funds were direct deposited into their bank account or debit card, then the stimulus payment will be deposited into the same account, otherwise a check will go to the address on file.
• What happens if you moved, changed banks, had a baby, got married/divorced, etc. etc. etc. – we don’t know. The IRS will be putting out instructions on this.
• The stimulus payment is actually an advance based on Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) for 2020. But since we do not know that amount is until 2021, they are basing it on the AGI reported on the 2019 tax return and if that has not been filed then the payment is based on the AGI reported on the 2018 tax return.
• There are income limitations for the stimulus payment – for single taxpayers with an AGI under $75,000 they will receive the full stimulus payment of $1,200; between $75,000 and $99,000 there is a sliding scale; and no stimulus payment if the AGI exceeds $99,000. For a married couple the numbers are doubled: under $150,000 AGI they will receive $2,400; between $150,000 and $198,000 AGI there will be a sliding scale; and no stimulus payment if AGI exceeds $198,000. Head of Household limitation starts at $112,500 and fully phases out at $136,500.
• For dependent children under the age of 17, the stimulus payment is $500 (which also phases out depending on AGI). What happens if you have other dependents on your return? The first read is that there will be no stimulus payment for dependents other than qualifying dependent children.
• If the taxpayer is a non-filer then the process is to look at the social security records to see if income has been reported for the taxpayer
• For recipients of Social Security and veteran’s benefits they will also receive the stimulus payment even if they have not had a filing requirement – and no tax return is required to be filed in order to collect the benefit. The funds will be deposited into the same account their monthly benefit check is deposited.
• The stimulus payment is not taxable, however, there is to be a reconciliation process on the 2020 income tax return to determine if you should have received more if the stimulus payment was limited due to your 2019 (or 2018) income and your 2020 income dropped or if you owe back any excess of the stimulus payment if your income in 2020 went up. There are two versions of this out there and we will wait until we get guidance from the IRS.
• How do I know when my check is sent? According to the bill, you will get a paper notice in the mail no later than a few weeks after your payment has been disbursed. That notice will contain information about where the payment ended up and in what form it was made. If you cannot locate the payment at that point, it would be time to contact the IRS using the information on the notice.
• The bill also calls for everyone who is eligible for the stimulus payment to have a social security number with an exception for the military. Until we get final confirmation from IRS counsel regarding ITINs, this is the interpretation of the law.
• What if the taxpayer owes the IRS money? The stimulus payment will be sent to the taxpayer, it will not be applied towards any outstanding tax liability.