North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has eased some of the restrictions previously in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic with Executive Order 195 until March 26, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. A copy of the Order is available here.
Here is a breakdown of Executive Order 195:
• Face coverings are required for anyone over age 5 and recommended for anyone over age 2.
• Larger outdoor entertainment venues can operate at 30 percent capacity.
• Larger indoor arenas with a capacity of more than 5,000 can operate at 15 percent capacity.
• Restaurants are open for indoor dining at 50% capacity with social distancing and increased safety and cleaning protocols.
• Bars can operate at 30 percent capacity with a cap of 250 people.
• On-site alcohol sales must end at 11 p.m. each day.
• Indoor gatherings are limited to no more than 25 people and outdoor gatherings are limited to 50 people.
• Movie theaters, indoor amusement parks, indoor sports arenas, and conference centers can operate at 30 percent capacity with a cap of 250 people.
• Personal care services, grooming, and tattoo businesses may open at 50% capacity with social distancing guidelines and limits on people in waiting areas.
• Playgrounds are open.
• Gyms and indoor exercise facilities, such as yoga studios, martial arts, rock climbing, skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor basketball, volleyball, etc., can open at 30% capacity.
• Museums and aquariums can open at 50% capacity.
Guidance from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services for businesses, education, child care, law enforcement, housing, individuals, families, and more is available here.
The Pitt County Health Department through a collaboration with Pitt County Emergency Management and Vidant Medical Center is offering daily community COVID-19 testing. For more information about the locations and times of the free testing, click here.
According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, a tested, safe and effective vaccine will be available to all who want it, but supplies will be limited at first. To save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19, independent state and federal public health advisory committees recommend first protecting health care workers caring for patients with COVID-19, people who are at the highest risk of being hospitalized or dying, and those at high risk of exposure to COVID-19. Below is a look at the plan for vaccine distribution. For more information about vaccines, click here.
City of Greenville Services
The City of Greenville has reopened many of its facilities with a modified schedule. Facilities are open from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
When possible, members of the public are still asked to conduct business with the City of Greenville online or by phone. Examples of services that can be conducted online include payments, parking permit requests, building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing permit applications, employment applications, and building inspection requests. Additionally, residents can submit work requests for issues such as street light repairs, potholes, or missed trash pick-ups by using the City Compass tool.
Below is a list of helpful phone numbers for those seeking to contact City staff.
- Citizen Action Line: (252) 329-2489
- City Attorney's Office: (252) 329-4426
- City Clerk's Office (252) 329-4421
- City Manager's Office (252) 329-4432
- Engineering (252) 329-4467
- Financial Services (252) 329-4444
- Fire/Rescue Non-emergency (252) 329-4390
- Information Technology (252) 329-4068
- Human Resources (252) 329-4492
- Planning and Development Services (252) 329-4504
- Police Non-emergency (252) 329-4315
- Public Information (252) 329-4131
- Public Works (252) 329-4522
- Recreation and Parks (252) 329-4567
The following changes have also been made to City services, programs, and meetings:
Trash and Recycling
The City has temporarily suspended the collection of recycling at multi-family collection centers. This applies to apartment/townhouse/condo complexes, and any place that has a group of carts into which multiple residents place their recyclables.
Until the City resumes collection, residents are encouraged to use the Pitt County drop-off sites. Locations can be found by visiting www.pittcountync.gov. If residents decide to throw away their recyclables, the City asks that boxes are broken down and flattened.
- The Greenville Area Transit (GREAT) bus service hours of operation are 7:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. There is currently no Saturday service, and buses are not running from 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m each day so they can be cleaned. GREAT will continue to operate with the following procedures in place.
- There is no fare to ride until further notice to limit interaction between drivers and riders.
- All access on or off of the city buses is from the rear doors. The front doors will open for ADA access only.
- Buses are limited to no more than 19 passengers until further notice.
- Riders of the GREAT transit system are strongly encouraged to wear masks while riding.
- Riders are required to remain behind the red line on buses (six feet from the driver).
Recreation and Parks Operations
The City of Greenville Recreation and Parks Department will continue to follow the guidelines provided by state and local health officials to help staff determine the status of indoor public facilities, departmental programs and events. Here are the latest updates:
- Below is a calendar detailing temporary operations for recreation facilities:
- The Jaycee Park Center for Arts & Crafts is open by appointment only. The operating hours are currently Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. and Saturday, 12–4 p.m. Appointments are available for 1.75 hour time slots on a first-come, first-served basis. Appointments are available for Pottery Club Members in the Throwing Room and Glaze Room. Appointments are available for patrons in the Craft/Sewing Room and Paint Room. Call (252) 329-4567.
- Greenville Aquatics & Fitness Center fitness facilities are open with specific safety measures and capacity limits in place. Facility hours are modified to help staff adjust to the new operations. The facility's pool is open with a modified schedule under limited capacity. Hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Call (252) 329-4041 to learn more.
- Shelter rentals allowed for groups of 50 or less with face coverings encouraged. Call (252) 329-4567.
- Building rentals allowed for groups of 25 or less with face coverings required. Call (252) 329-4567.
- River Park North outside park amenities are open. The Stasovich Nature Center remains closed until further notice.
- Athletic fields, tennis courts, Extreme Park, Off-Leash Dog Area, and public restrooms are open during daylight hours.
- The fishing pier and kayak launch at the Town Common are open as river water levels allow.
The City continues to encourage the use of open spaces and greenways while maintaining the appropriate social distance.
Should you have questions about any Recreation and Parks Department operations, please email GRPD@greenvillenc.gov and a member of our staff will get back to you as soon as possible.
Additional City Changes:
Sheppard Memorial Library has reopened for limited public access with limited activities. All branches of the library except for Bethel are open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The main branch on Evans Street is also open 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday, while the Winterville Library is open 1 p.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. There is a limit of 20 patrons in the main library, five patrons at the Children's Library (or one family of 5+), and eight patrons at the branch libraries. All children must be accompanied by an adult. There is limited computer access and no meeting room use at this time. Virtual programming will continue, and curbside service will continue at only the branch libraries. All returned items will be quarantined and remain on an individual's account for up to seven days.