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Posted on: March 13, 2020

COVID-19: City Operations; Official Information & Resources

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North Carolina will move into Phase 3 of reopening at 5PM on October 2, 2020. In compliance with the Governor’s Order, face covering will be required in City facilities open to the public, and we do ask for voluntary compliance. There are exceptions to the face mask requirement.

In an effort to limit person-to-person contact and to protect our valued employees and Citizens, most City of Jacksonville buildings are open to the public with limited access. 

City Updates: View COVID-19 video updates from the City on YouTube, g10tv.org or on Spectrum Channel 10 (G10TV).

City Hall

City Hall is open to the public with limited access. Person-to-person contact will be limited, and all who enter must sign in before meeting with staff. In compliance with the Governor’s Order, face covering will be required in City facilities open to the public, and we do ask for voluntary compliance. There are exceptions to the face covering requirement. Many functions with the City can be performed online. You may also reach us at 910 938-5200.

Utility Billing

If you would rather not enter the building, a drive up access is available at City Hall for Utility Billing water and sewer account payments. There is also an online chat feature where you can communicate with the Utility Services Division: JacksonvilleNC.gov/Utility

Please note the period for discontinuing water cutoffs due to nonpayment has ended. We encourage our customers who may have difficulty paying their bill to contact our office at 910 938-5248. We will work with you on arrangements and, when appropriate, put you in touch with local support agencies that can provide emergency bill payment assistance. 

COVID-19 Utility Assistance Program

The City of Jacksonville recognizes that the COVID-19 Pandemic and the restrictions on public gatherings and closure of non-essential places of employment have created a financial hardship on our Citizens. In response and with the support of HUD (US Dept of Housing & Urban Development), the City has established a COVID-19 Utility Assistance Program. To read the qualifications or to fill out the online form, click here.

Planning and Permitting

The City of Jacksonville has developed a guide for creating temporary space for diners at City based restaurants. Developed as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, the document provides provisions to create temporary space for outdoor dining for already established restaurants. The document sets out a no-zoning-fee method of creating temporary dining space that can be used until March of 2021. The Governor's latest COVID-19 restrictions are still limiting indoor dining and some restaurants may want to take advantage of outdoor dining to increase their capacity. The document sets steps to be taken for approval and waives the City’s normal fee for a required zoning permit. City Planning and Permitting strongly urges restaurant operators to make contact with them before they begin any steps toward expanding space outside: 910 938-5232

Public Safety

The Public Safety Complex is open to the public. You may also speak with Public Safety staff via the Taxi Permit Window at the main entrance to the Center, or call the Administrative Line at 910 455-4000. Only dial 9-1-1 if you are experiencing an emergency. Police and Fire are taking precautionary actions to limit person-to-person contact. In compliance with the Governor’s Order, face covering will be required in City facilities open to the public, and we do ask for voluntary compliance. There are exceptions to the face covering requirement.

Recreation

Some City recreation facilities will remain operational but will follow the Governor’s Order of limiting gatherings and strongly recommend the use of face coverings. More information on Jacksonville Recreation programs, operations, and events can be found on the Recreation website at JacksonvilleNC.gov/Recreation and the Recreation Facebook Page. In compliance with the Governor’s Order, face covering will be required in City facilities open to the public, and we do ask for voluntary compliance. There are exceptions to the face covering requirement.

Jacksonville Transit

Most Jacksonville Transit Routes continue to run as normal. Express Routes will ONLY run on Base, until further notice. Face coverings are strongly recommended.
Jacksonville Mayor and Council gave the approval for riders to ride for free until further notice. This service is funded 100% by the Federal Transit Administration through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 

Increased frequency of bus sanitizing continues, and drivers have been provided masks, gloves and sanitizer goods for use. Seats directly behind the driver are blocked off to provide separation from the driver, and passengers are encouraged to maintain a 6ft buffer while on-board. In compliance with the Governor’s Order, face covering will be required in City facilities open to the public, and we do ask for voluntary compliance. There are exceptions to the face covering requirement.

Passport Services

Out of an abundance of caution, the City of Jacksonville has temporarily adjusted some Passport Service procedures. All services are by appointment only. To schedule your appointment, call 910 938-5200 (City Hall) or 910 455-4000 (Public Safety). Face coverings will be required in order to meet with our Passport Agents.

City’s State of Emergency Declaration

Mayor Sammy Phillips declared a State of Emergency for the City of Jacksonville at 4PM on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. This does not invoke a curfew, nor does it close any businesses. The declaration may help provide for reimbursement for some expenditures, should they be made in connection to the COVID-19 situation. Additionally, some business owners have insurance to compensate them for losses that does not become active until there is a State of Emergency.

Jacksonville Mayor Sammy Phillips’ action in the declaration of a State of Emergency follows action by the Onslow Board of Commissioners in declaring a State of Emergency for the unincorporated areas of the County.

Resolution for Local Control in Reopening the Jacksonville-Onslow County Area

Mayor Sammy Phillips presented a resolution to the Jacksonville City Council at the April 21, 2020 Regular Meeting that called for local control over reopening the Jacksonville-Onslow area. The item was added to the agenda and unanimously passed by the City Council. Click here to view the Resolution.

Notes: The COVID-19 situation is changing daily. As a result, current Onslow County statistics may differ from those in the adopted resolution.

Governor Issues Executive Orders

  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - North Carolina will move into Phase 3 of reopening at 5PM on October 2, 2020. Outdoor bars and venues can open at limited capacity. Face mask mandate will remain. 11PM alcohol curfew has been extended. Limitations on mass gatherings remain at 25 indoors and 50 outdoors.
  • Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - NC will move to "Safer at Home" Phase 2.5 on Friday, September 4 through at least October 2, 2020
  • Thursday, August 5, 2020 - "Safer at Home" Phase Two to continue through at least Friday, September 11, 2020
  • Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - NC Public Schools have the option to offer in-person and virtual learning  I  "Safer at Home" Phase Two will continue through at least Friday, August 7, 2020
  • Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - "Safer at Home" Phase Two to continue through at least Friday, July 17, 2020  I  Face coverings required in all public spaces  I  FAQs of Phase Two Extension
  • Saturday, May 30, 2020 - Governor extends deadline prohibiting utility service cutoffs to July 29, 2020
  • Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - "Safer at Home" Phase Two to begin 5PM, Friday, May 22, 2020
  • Tuesday, May 6, 2020 - Phase One and easing restrictions to begin 5PM, Friday, May 8, 2020
  • Friday, April 24, 2020 - K-12 public schools will continue with remote learning throughout the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year
  • Thursday, April 23, 2020 - Stay at Home Order extended to May 8, 2020  I  Phases for Reopening NC
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - Utility providers are prohibited from shutting off services and charging late or reconnection fees  I  FAQ about Order
  • Friday, March 27, 2020 - 30-Day Stay at Home Order Issued Effective 5PM Monday, March 30, 2020  I  Essential services to continue  I  Gatherings of 10+ prohibited  I  What does it mean?
  • Monday, March 23, 2020 - Schools closed until at least May 15, 2020  I  Gatherings of 50+ prohibited  I  Other businesses to close by March 25, 2020 include gyms, health clubs, spas, entertainment venues, movie theaters, hair/beauty/nail salons and barber shops, skating rinks, bowling alleys, bingo/video game/sweepstakes facilities, tattoo parlors
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - Closure of restaurant and bar dine-in areas  I  Take out and delivery can continue
  • Saturday, March 14, 2020 - Closure of Schools through at least March 31  I  Mass gatherings of 100 or more prohibited

Other Official Information & Resources:

Click here for a list of COVID-19 testing sites in Onslow County.

COVID-19 Testing Sites in Onslow County

For other information and resources about COVID-19 in North Carolina, you can call the State COVID-19 helpline toll free at 1-866-462-3821, or dial 2-1-1 for free, confidential information 24/7 and to get connected with resources in the community. To receive alerts with the latest COVID-19 updates, text COVIDNC to 898211.

Dial 2-1-1 for State Assistance

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NCDHHS Mask Wearing Guidelines

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Exceptions to Wearing a Mask

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How to wear a mask

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How You can Help

While you stay home and practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, there are other ways you can help make a difference. 

Donate Supplies

Vendors and manufacturers can donate medical supplies and personal protective equipment to aid the state’s response. Send an email with your company’s information to VendorHelp.COVID19@dhhs.nc.gov

Support Food Banks

North Carolina food banks are in desperate need of donations. Visit feedingthecarolinas.org to learn how to give to food bank near you. 

Give Blood

Healthy, eligible blood donors are encouraged to find opportunities to give blood to help support a stable blood supply throughout the pandemic. Consider scheduling an appointment today. 

Volunteer as a Health Care Worker

Secretary Cohen has called for volunteer health care workers. You can register through the State Medical Response System as clinical, clinical support or non-clinical support volunteers.

More Opportunities

www.nc.gov/agencies/volunteer/disaster-assistance.


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